Mini Walrus – Everything You Need To Know

The Mini Walrus Dog, also known as Ba-Shar or Sharp Asset, is a cross of two purebreds – Mini Basset Hound and Mini Chinese Shar-Pei. Originated in the United States in the 1990s, these adorable pups are loyal, intelligent, friendly, and inherit some of their parents’ best traits. Hence, they are recognized as excellent family companions, have distinct features, unique personalities, dispositions, and love to be around their human family. But unfortunately, they might show indications of separation anxiety when they are left alone for too long.

Mini Walrus dogs interact surprisingly well with kids, especially if the children are older and conscious of respecting canine boundaries. These breeds are an ideal companion for an active family who can offer them enough space to roam and has the time to train and keep an exercise regimen.

Mini Walrus puppy’s body is more of the Basset Hound, but the coat is wrinkly like the Chinese Shar-Pei. However, they need proper socialization and exercise to avoid hunting instincts and detrimental tendencies. In addition, they have a stubborn streak and need lots of mental and physical stimulation. So, pull out all your persistence and patience to get these cue balls into shape. Once trained well, Mini Walrus dogs will serve as perfect watchdogs and furry companions.

Mini Walrus Pros and Cons 

Pros Cons 
Loyal and intelligent Prone to genetic health issues
Easy to trainRelatively short lifespan

Mini Walrus Basic Information 

  • Name: Mini Walrus 
  • Height: 10 to 17 inches 
  • Weight: 20 to 60 pounds
  • Size: Medium 
  • Color: Chocolate, black, white, and brown
  • Coat: Coarse and wrinkle 
  • Hypoallergenic: No 
  • Energy: Medium 
  • Activities: Companion dogs, watchdogs, agility, obedience, walking, tracking, sniffing.
  • Barking Level: Low to medium
  • Shedding Level: Medium 
  • Group: Mixed breed 
  • Litter Size: 6 to 8 puppies 
  • Life Span: 8 to 10 years
  • Breed Recognition: Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc., American Canine Hybrid Club, International Designer Canine Registry.
  • Other names: Ba-Shar, Sharp Asset

Basset Hound Vs. Chinese Shar Pei: A Comparison 

Features Basset Hound Chinese Shar Pei

Origin France Guangdong Province, southern China 
Height 11 – 14 inches 18 – 20 inches 
Weight 55 – 70 Pounds 45 – 60 pounds 
Size  Medium Medium to large 
Group Hound Dogs Non – Sporting  
Children Compatibility High Low to medium 
Family Compatibility High Low 
Pets Compatibility High Medium to high 
Barking Level Medium to High Low 
Shedding Level Medium to High Low 
Hypoallergenic No No 
Grooming Needs Medium to High Low 
Overall Health Medium to High Low 
Energy Low to Medium Low to medium 
Exercise Needs Low to Medium Medium 
Trainability Medium to High Medium 
Hunting, Sledding Watch dogs and Guard dogs 
Complication in breeding No Medium to high 
Litter Size 6 to 9 Puppies 4 – 6 puppies 
Lifespan 9 to 12 Years 9 – 11 years 
Other Names Hounds Chinese fighting dog 

Mini Walrus Personality 

The Mini Walrus dog would take the Basset’s stature and the Shar-Pei’s wrinkly coat for the most part. The appearance of the Mini Walrus Dog is square and expansive in the extent of stature and body length. They likely stand around 10-13 inches high and weigh between 30 and 50 pounds. Their physical features are equivalent to their bigger brethren with wide cushion gag, muzzled face, large head with wrinkles on the forehead, low lying ears, loose skin and folds, and short, harsh coats. They come in various coat colors, including white, black, cream, golden, brown, chocolate, or fawn.

However, it is impossible to predict how traits of two different breeds will combine accurately; peeking at parent breeds will give you an exact idea of the possible characteristics of this designer breed.

Basset Hound Personality

  • The Basset Hound has a disproportionate prevalence of dwarfism, resulting in shortened limbs because of their low stature. 
  • They have long ears, expressive eyes, wrinkled brows, and large heads. 
  • They have a short-haired tri-colored coat with a mix of tan, black, and white.

Chinese Shar-Pei Personality

  • The Shar-Pei has a ‘hippopotamus’ head, which is large and squarish compared to their body.
  • They have tiny, cylindrical body shape, triangular-shaped ears, harsh, rough-feeling coats, blue-black tongues, and loose, wrinkled skin.
  • Their coat is solid-colored, with brown, cream, and black.

Friendliness Overview 

Affection level  Medium to high 
Family-Friendly  High 
Kid-Friendly  Medium to high 
Pet-Friendly  Medium 
Strangers-Friendly  Medium 

Adaptability Overview 

Good for New Pet Owners  Medium
Good for Apartment Living  Medium 
Sensitivity Level  Medium to high 
Tolerates being alone  Low to medium 
Cold Tolerance  Low
Heat Tolerance  Low 

Mini Walrus Temperament 

Mini Walrus Dogs are known for the following temperaments:

  • Energetic and agile 
  • Loyal and obedient 
  • Excellent watchdogs 
  • Intelligent but stubborn 
  • Strong-willed and protective
  • Excellent family pets
  • Eager to please
  • Caring and playful

Mini Walrus dogs have a gentle disposition but are also very alert, brave, and protective of their family. They are excellent around children and tolerant of probing and prompting them. These breeds are human-oriented and people-pleasing at all times. However, they may have stubborn streaks that can alter with appropriate and continuous training. Brain stimulation is just as essential as body training, so they should not be left alone for long periods. In addition, they are not avid barkers, so your sleep won’t be disturbed. 

Mini Walrus Dogs can get along quickly with other pets, mainly living in the same family. But, never train to chase them as this breed has a prey drive and will not get along with smaller pets. They love to pursue small, furry animals like squirrels and rabbits. If not socialized properly, they might attack other pets. 

Mini Walrus Training 

Basset Hound and Shar-Pei mix puppies adore to please their owners, but they also have a stubborn streak, making them challenging to train. Housetraining should start from a very young age as these dogs are intelligent and quite determined. They should be socialized with people and pets to become familiar even when fully grown. 

The Mini Walrus are intelligent dogs. However, they should be trained gently but with determination and tolerance.  

  • They are independent thinkers and are hard to train.   
  • They have a mild inborn desire to catch and chase, so they must be leashed during walks.  
  • They require patient, solid, and consistent training with positive enhancements. 

Being a sensitive dog, you must avoid punishments, harsh treatment, and yelling, likely making them more persistent. Here are some of the training activities that you need to do with your Bashar: 

Trainability Overview 

Easy to Train Medium 
Intelligence  Medium to high
Prey Drive  Medium to high 
Tendency to Chew, Nip & Play-bite  Medium 
Tendency to Bark or Howl  Low 
Wanderlust Ability  Medium
Attention/Social Needs Medium to high 

Mini Walrus Exercise Needs 

Mini Walrus Dogs will require 30 to 60 minutes of daily exercise or interactive play sessions, depending on their age, size, and energy levels. Likewise, take them on walks of moderate distance regularly. This is also an ideal way to combat their inclination for obesity. They might become destructive, restless, or aggressive without proper exercise.

You can meet your Mini Walrus dog’s daily exercise requirements by:

  • Teaching new tricks
  • Walking
  • Fetching
  • Chasing
  • Playing with puzzle toys
  • Frisbee
  • Herding trials
  • Flyball
  • Hiking

Exercise Needs Overview       

Energy Level                                       Medium
Exercise Needs                                  Medium 
Playfulness                                         Medium 
Intensity       Medium 

Mini Walrus Grooming 

Mini Walrus Dogs is not a hypoallergenic breed and a low-maintenance breed that sheds occasionally. Their grooming requirements are as follows:

Grooming Overview     

Amount of Shedding                         Medium  
Tendency to Drool       Medium
Tendency to Snore       Medium 
Easy to Groom       High 

Mini Walrus Health 

Sadly, Chinese Shar-Peis are predisposed to many health problems that generally affect their mixed breeds. But by crossing them with the firm and healthy Basset Hound, the puppies are less exposed to the health conditions of their parent breeds. Still, there are a few health disorders that you will have to keep an eye out for in your Mini Walrus dogs.

Health Overview 

Basic Health      Low to medium 
Weight Gain Possibilities      High 
Size      Medium 

Hip Dysplasia: An irregularity of the hip joint where the socket portion failed to fit the ball portion, causing a risk for joint dislocation. This condition may occur at birth or in early life. As the dog grows, arthritis can develop. Some canines show lameness and discomfort on one or both rear legs.

Primary Lens Luxation (PLL): This disorder starts to occur around middle age, and it is radical and can cause blindness. It is initiated by destroying the fibers that keep the lens in place.

Primary Glaucoma: A condition caused by the lowered capability to sink fluid from the eye, resulting in pain and eventual blindness.

SARDS: Shar-Pei is predisposed to SARDS (Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome). This disorder generally affects middle-aged canines, resulting in blindness.

Allergies: Canines can be allergic to environmental factors like grass pollen and can be identified through allergy tests. Allergies will cause breathing issues and skin itching. Sadly, there are no remedies for allergies as such. 

Retinal Dysplasia: The retina becomes detached and abnormal, causing blindness. 

Hip dysplasia: Basset Hounds commonly struggle with hip dysplasia, which may pass on to their heirs. 

Other Causes of Hip Dysplasia: 

  • Wrong exercises 
  • Excessive weight gain 
  • Injuries 

Symptoms of hip dysplasia: 

  • Reluctance to rise, jump, run or climb 
  • Enlarging shoulders 
  • Pain 
  • Stiffness 
  • Reduced activity and movements 
  • Reducing thigh muscle mass 
  • Grating in the joint during movement 
  • Lameness in the hind limbs 

Obesity: A significant health condition causing joint problems, back pain, digestive disorders, and heart diseases. An ideal way to control this disease is by following a nutritious diet and regular exercise.

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA): An illness that strikes the retina’s photoreceptors. This condition makes the photoreceptor cells degrade slowly, causing blindness in the affected canine.  

Entropion: This disorder happens when the eyelid rolls inward, damaging the eyeball from eyelashes scratching on the surface. In severe cases, entropion can create a corneal ulcer.

Osteochondrodysplasia: The improper growth or formation of bone and cartilage in dogs with dwarfism, such as Basset Hound. 

Glaucoma: An eye condition that causes discomfort and increased intraocular pressure. 

Bleeding Disorders: Canines afflicted may undergo small purplish-red patches, nosebleeds, and bleeding gums. 

Mini Walrus Diet and Nutrition 

Mini Walrus needs a nutritious and protein-dense, preferably dry or wet medium-sized canine food in moderation as per their daily diet; otherwise, they will put on weight quickly. Avoid giving them alcohol, coffee, chocolates, food with chocolates, onions, raisins, salt, grapes, garlic, chives, and other toxic foods for canines.

Mini Walrus Living Condition 

Any weather condition is suited for Mini Walrus Dogs. However, extreme hot and cold conditions are not ideal for them. They require a yard to play around. In addition, they need proper exercises to keep them mentally and physically stimulated. Considering their size, these breeds are suitable for apartment living. They should not be left alone for an extended duration; keep them entertained with numerous activities and toys.

Adding a Mini Walrus to Your Family  

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Rescue places


Basset Hound Rescue California
Pei People Shar Pei Rescue (US)


Basset Rescue Network of Great Britain
Shar Pei Rescue Scotland
Shar Pei Rescue UK

Cost of a Mini Walrus Puppy 

A Mini Walrus puppy from a responsible breeder costs around $300 to $700. 

Things to Remember Before Buying a Mini Walrus 

It would be best if you get a Mini Walrus puppy from a reputable and reliable breeder who can deliver you with vaccination, health credentials, and gene testing. Also, it is recommended to meet the purebred Basset Hound and the Chinese Shar-Pei. 

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Other Basset Hound Mixes: 

  • Aussie Basset
  • Bagle Hound
  • Ba-shar
  • Baskimo
  • Bassador
  • Basschshund
  • Basscottie
  • Basselier
  • Bassamatian
  • Bassmation
  • Bassky
  • Basset Heeler
  • Basset Bloodhound
  • Basset Bluetick
  • Basset Jack
  • Basset Foxhound
  • Basset Retriever
  • Basset Shepherd
  • Bassetoodle
  • Basston
  • Bassugg
  • Bebasset Bordeaux
  • Bowzer
  • Boxer Basset
  • Bull Basset Mastiff
  • Bully Basset
  • Catahoula Basset Hound
  • Chow Hound Basset
  • Corgi Basset
  • Cursset
  • Dobie-Basset
  • Hush Basset
  • Lha-Basset
  • Plica
  • Rat Basset
  • Tzu Basset

Other Shar Pei Mixes 

  • Cocker Spaniel Shar Pei Mix 
  • Shar Pei Bulldog Mix 
  • Shar Pei Lab Mix 
  • Shar Pei Pitbull Mix 
  • Shar Pei Pug Mix 
  • Shar Pei Chow Mix 
  • Shar Pei Husky Mix 
  • Shar Pei German Shepherd Mix 
  • Shar Pei Chinese Shar Pei Mix 
  • Shar Pei Poodle Mix 
  • Shar Pei Akita Mix  
  • Shar Pei Golden Retriever Mix 
  • Shar Pei Beagle Mix 
  • Shar Pei Boxer Mix 
  • Shar Pei Basset Hound Mix 

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