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Chinese Shar-Pei / Akita Mix

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Is the Chinese Shar-Pei / Akita Mix right for you?

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The basics:
RightPet does not advocate the intentional cross-breeding of purebred dogs. But the reality is that most dogs available for adoption at shelters and rescues are mixed breeds. We think it might be helpful to hear from owners of these mixes to see what traits can be found in these dogs who are desperately needing homes.

The first generation Chinese Shar-Pei / Akita Mix is a cross between a pure Chinese Shar-Pei and a pure Akita, although subsequent generations may have different proportions of the two breeds in the mix. This isn't a common mix, but you may occasionally encounter it in a rescue. If at all possible, get to know the dog in question before you take it home, as there is a potential here for some behavior problems if this mix isn't socialized properly from an early age.

Appearance / health:
It's impossible to predict the exact traits inherited by a mixed-breed dog. In this case, the appearance of your pet could be very different depending on whether the Shar-Pei or the Akita traits dominate.

Behavior / temperament:
While it's impossible to predict the exact personality of a mixed-breed dog, you should expect the Chinese Shar-Pei / Akita Mix to represent a genuine challenge. If you lack experience being a consistent and successful alpha to dominant breeds, you should pass on this mix.

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