Breed group : Non-Sporting, Terrier
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GENERALBreed group: Non-Sporting, Terrier Type: Hybrid
Talent: Agility, Guarding, Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 25 - 40 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 8 - 15 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Rus-A-Pei si an unlikely cross between two breeds that, at first glance, appear worlds apart from each other. The Chinese Shar Pei is believed to be an ancient breed, related to the Chow Chow, and was once bred for dog fighting and bear hunting. It is very distinctive for its wrinkled skin and blue-black tongue. A reserved breed, it does not take kindly to complete strangers coming up to it and will aggressively defend its territory. However, sufficiently trained and socialized, it is a devoted and loyal family pet. The Jack Russell Terrier is a white-coated English terrier, specifically bred with a small size to go after foxes in their dens and bolt them for their masters. Tenacious and inexhaustible, the Jack Russell Terrier is a fearless working dog that can nevertheless be a worthwhile family dog, with early training and socialization.
Shar Peis come in mostly solid colors, while the Jack Russell Terrier is mostly white on purpose, so they easily be seen in the hunting field. The Rus-A-Pei is usually a combination of parent colors, or will favor one parent more. Common solid colors are black, red, cream, blue, chocolate, and fawn. A black mask will be from the Shar Pei parent, while black or tan markings will come form the Jack Russell Terrier.
There are more than the usual possibilites with the Ras-A-Pei, as each parent breed has genes for three different kinds of coats. The Jack Russell Terrier has a smooth, rough, or broken coat, meaning, both smooth and rough in one coat. The Shar Pei, on the other hand, has coat types described as horse, brush or bear. The bear is coat is almost nonexistent, as this luxuriant fur type, akin to the Chow Chow's, belonged to dogs owned by wealthier classes, and were destroyed in the Cultural Revolution. The horse coat is more common, stiff and prickly in the wrong direction. These were commonly working dogs owned by peasants and were thus spared. The brush coat is longer than the horse, and silkier to the touch. The Rsus-A-Pei is therefore either possessed of a short, coarse fur, a short, smooth fur, a longer coarse fur, and a longer smooth fur. A double coat could appear, and this is usually very short and very soft.
The Rus-A-Pei is a bold and fearlesssdog that possesses not only athletic abilities, but the hunting and fighting instincts as well. This combination makes for a protective, territorial dog that will not suffer familiarity from strangers, making it an effective watch and guard dog. That being said, it is very faithful and loyal to its owner as well. Ranked high in working and obedience intelligence, the Rus-A-Pei is an alert dog that is willing to please. It loves play as part of its daily exercise, and is great with children properly instructed on how not to injure the dog during play, whether intentionally or not.
The Rus-A-Pei, if it has a double coat, will have minimal shedding. Otherwise, there will be excessive shedding when it changes coats, but only twice a year. Regular brushing will get rid of loose dirt and mats. Wrinkles, if any, should be especially cleaned, as these could harbor germs that could lead to infections. A Shar Pei's inherited ears fold tightly down; ears should therefore be regularly checked and dried, especially after bathing.
A dog as intelligent and strong-willed as the Rus-A-Pei needs obedience training and socialization as soon as possible, to curtail its natural aggressive tendencies. It is also quick to pick up on commands, and will be easily bored if these are not changed up from time to time. As with all dogs, it is responsive to reward-oriented training, and will perform well for toys, treats or praise.
The Rus-A-Pei regularly needs an activity regimen that is challenging, unpredictable, and allows it to stretch out its hunting/chasing instincts. Sessions should be vigourous and frequent enough that it is stimulated and well-exercised, as much as to keep extra weight off as to keep boredom at bay. Indoor living or small living spaces are alright, as long as the Rus-A-Pei does not miss its session outdoors.