Shar Pei

You won't have any problems spotting a Shar Pei! Their appearance is unique —loose folds of skin that gives them a frowning face and covers their bodies. The Sha Pei is built strong, though short and moves freely and confidently. Nothing holds them back! The coat of the Shar Pei is also known for its short and bristled coat. The wrinkles of this pup will become less prominent as they age, and are more noticeable on the face than the body.

Country of Origin
China
Colour
Black, red, browns and fawns. They will often be a lighter shade of the same colour through their thighs and tail.
Size
Medium
Height / Weight
Dogs and bitches should measure 46 - 51cms. Weight apx 18kgs.
Health
The Shar Pei can have some serious problems, exacerbated if their breeder isn't experienced or careful! Their excessive skin is gorgeous but can cause health problems, especially around the eyes. There have also been reports of kidney disease, amyloidosis and hypothyroidism. Bowed legs and joint luxations have also occurred in the past. Fortunately breeders have been able to eliminate skin diseases from this loveable breed.
Life Span
8 – 10 years
Intelligence
The Shar Pei is an intelligent but frequently wilful breed and a strong and confident owner is needed to keep them in line. They are frequently too stubborn to train and will be the leader of the pack if you give them the opportunity.
Exercise
Low
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

The Shar Pei can be a fussy eater and needs high quality food.

Feeding Cost
$10-$15 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
The Shar Pei is an active breed that adapts to the situation of their family. They like indoors and can be happy simply to play if they can't get a proper walk. If you have a garden make sure it's secure so your pup can't wander off!
Ailments
The Shar Pei can have some serious problems, exacerbated if their breeder isn't experienced or careful! Their excessive skin is gorgeous but can cause health problems, especially around the eyes. There have also been reports of kidney disease, amyloidosis and hypothyroidism. Bowed legs and joint luxations have also occurred in the past. Fortunately breeders have been able to eliminate skin diseases from this loveable breed.
Hair Shed
Little
Grooming

The Shar Pei's skin will require some upkeep to prevent infection. Checking the skin and cleaning will help, and extra care must be taken with puppies. The eyes and tails are trouble sports to be particularly aware of and nails should be trimmed regularly as they grow fast! The coat itself will only need a once over with a soft brush to keep it looking its best.

Grooming Frequency
Up to once a week
Trimming
None
The Shar Pei is an old breed of dog originating from China. It was believed to be a cross between the mastiff and some Nordic breeds and shares a close relationship with the Chow Chow, another Chinese breed with a blue tongue. The Shar Pei was classed as the rarest breed in the world when it first arrived in the United States because it had been considered a delicacy in China, was outlawed as a pet almost forced into extinction. A single dedicated breeder inspired the West to save this uniquely wonderful breed!


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