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Chinese Shar-Pei

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Chinese Shar-Pei AKC Group: Non-Sporting
Height: 18-20 Inches
Weight: Male: 55-65 pounds Female: 40-55 pounds
Colors: red, red fawn, cream, five-point red, lilac, black, black silver sables, black bronze sables, sables, blue, apricot dilute, cream dilute, chocolate, chocolate dilute, isabelle (silver shading on a dilute-colored dog)
AKC recognized in: 1992

The Chinese Shar-Pei originated from China and was notable as being dogs of the royalty until Mao's Cultural Revolution almost totally wiped out its population. A man named Matgo Law of Hong Kong saved some puppies of this breed and transported them to USA and Canada with an appeal to propagate the breed.

Indeed, the breed propagated fast and in the eighties, the dogs were called "Yuppies Puppies" which meant that there was a careless over-breeding. The first breed of Shar-Pei was registered in 1976 in the United States and in 1992 the American Kennel Club recognized it as a rare breed of dogs.

Originally, the Chinese Shar-Pei was trained to be a fighting dog, but eventually fanciers of this breed adopted them to be family pets. Today, it is categorized as a non-sporting dog. The basic features of the Shar-Pei are its hippopotamus-like wrinkled face, rough and coarse coat, blue-black tongue, and a peculiar high-set tail.


Chinese Shar-Pei Summary
Affection two paws
Cold Tolerance two paws
Ease of Training three paws
Energy level two paws
Exercise Requirements two paws
Friendliness : Children two paws
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets two paws
Grooming Requirements four paws
Heat Tolerance one paw
Playfulness one paw
Protection Ability three paws
Watchdog Ability three paws

The Chinese Shar-Pei is one of the easiest-to-housebreak breeds and this dog likes to remain clean though it avoids being in water. It is hardly an aggressive dog but it hates being with dominant dogs. The Shar-Pei loves a dominant master though. It is intelligent enough to know the pecking order in the house but it can develop behavior issues when there is inconsistency in the leadership. It also gets bored easily with too much repetition. It is suspicious of strangers and acts like a guard dog. When it is with people it feels comfortable to be with, it is very affectionate and loyal.

When strangers are not properly introduced, the Shar-Pei exhibits some aggression and acts snobbish to strangers.

Health and Exercise

The Chinese Shar-Pei has an average lifespan of 8-10 years.

This breed likes taking daily walk with its master and it is also a way for it to get familiar with the surroundings and strangers. It is fond of having companions around and feels assured when the family members are within short distance.

The Chinese Shar-Pei was carelessly over-bred which resulted in certain health issues due to poor selection of breeding stock. A congenital disease that accumulates fluid around the ankles (Swollen Hock Syndrome) is one of the ailments that this dog gets. It starts as a fever that lasts for 24 hours and it is called Familiar Shar-Pei Fever (FSF).

Complications can come out due to allergies from food containing soy, corn, sugars, wheat, or gluten. Thus, the dog food should be rid of such substances to keep it healthy.

Eye problems like the entropion, where the eyelashes curl inward, causes painful and irritating discomfort to the dog. Today, modern breeders have been successfully working to remove the genetic defects of the previous stock.

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