Species group: Non-Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Standard Chinese Shar-Pei; CSP; Shar-Pei; Shar Pei; Chinese Fighting Dog; Pei
The Chinese Shar-Pei isn't just another pretty face. This wrinkled dog, named one of the world's rarest breeds in 1978, continues to win fans because of its unusual looks and calm personality. A properly trained Shar-Pei is loyal to family and cool toward strangers, and it's important to socialize this dog early to make sure your pet doesn't become overly aggressive toward strangers or other animals. While it may be too tough a challenge for the novice dog owner, they can be a rewarding pet for the calm, confident person with some experience.
The backstory behind the Shar-Pei is almost as amazing as the so-called hippopotamus face. Originally developed in ancient China, this powerful dog herded cattle, hunted wild boar, and guarded family homes. When the dog-fighting craze took the world by storm, they prove to be excellent fighters because the wrinkled skin and prickly coat allowed them to wiggle out of their opponent's grasp. However, when dog ownership crashed during the Maoist era, these dogs came close to extinction. The story goes that a Hong Kong businessman published a plea to save the breed, resulting in 200 dogs being smuggled or imported into the United States to establish the ancestry of almost all Shar-Peis found in America today. The traditional Chinese strain, the so-called "bone mouth," has fewer wrinkles than the American strain, the heavily wrinkled "meat mouth."
Appearance / health:
The Chinese Shar-pei is immediately recognizable due to their unique "hippopotamus" head shape, small triangular ears, curled coin tail, wrinkly body, and their bluish-black tongue. Other than the Shar-pei, only the Chow-Chow has the bluish-black tongue.
The Chinese Shar-Pei is a medium sized, muscular, well-built dog with a heavily wrinkled coat and large head. The head has a blunt wide muzzle with a moderately defined stop. The puppies have more wrinkles than the adults do. The eyes are small, almond-shaped, and sunken. The ears are very small in comparison to the size of the head and triangular, rounded at the tips, and curled at the edges. The ears also have the capability to move. The neck is moderately long and muscular with heavy folds of loose skin around it. The tail of the breed is also unique. It is round and thick at its base and tapering to a point at its tip. The tail is set high and usually curls to either side of the back.
The Chinese Shar-Pei sheds seasonally twice a year. During this time, the breed requires brushing more often. If kept inside, the shedding is not as prominent as the temperature stays more consistent. The breed may resist cleaning of ears and trimming of nails.
Owners may take their dogs out for daily walks or let them play in a fenced area.
Shar-pei can be prone to health conditions, just as any other breed, so be sure that research has been properly done prior to bringing one home. They can be prone to hereditary skin disorders, eyelid problems (Entropion), and yeast infections of the ears or skin. In the western world, Shar-Pei have been strongly bred for a distinctive thick muzzle and heavily folded skin. This has created a predisposition in Shar-Pei to an auto inflammatory disease called Familial Shar Pei Fever (FSF).
Behavior / temperament:
Pei are considered to be an excellent family dog. They can be standoffish with strangers, but are not considered to be unfriendly. They can be described as highly intelligent, independent, and dignified. Early training, socialization, and dominance exercises are necessary to help the Shar Pei adjust with its surroundings. Shar-Pei tend to form strong bonds with their family members, and can be over-protective at times. They are easy to housebreak.
The Shar-Pei responds best to firm, gentle, and consistent training. The trainer needs to establish a strong leadership to be able to impart obedience training without using harsh methods. Shar-Pei benefit from early dominance exercises and socialization.
They do not normally bark without reason. However, most tend to snort, grunt, and/or snore.
Written by Jennifer Harless
great family dog, intellegent nature, beautiful shar pei, loyal animal, devoted breed, PERFECT house dog
eye problems, short life spans, special shampoos, reputable breeders, puppy mill, skin irritation
prick ears, different coat types, unique personalities
Love of my life!
If I ever knew, how much you can fall in love with an animal and how much that love is sometimes stronger than everything and everybody... I got my beautiful Shar-Pei 8 years ago, and since the moment he stepped into my home, we are inseparable. Honestly, I wanted a hyperactive dog, with whom I would ride bicycle, who will run to catch a stick etc, and at the beginning I was very disappointed whit the dog I got :). Long story short I got a " Ferdinand the Bull", I got the dog that literally smelled the flowers and grass, and minding his own business while other dogs are playing, catching the sticks, learning new commands... I remember the sentence from the famous cartoon that I repeated to him: '' Ooh Ferdinand, why don't you play with all the other little bulls and bump your head .." However, I named him Arthur, it sounded more bourgeoisie than Ferdinand :) Shar Pei is a pedigree that I wouldn't probably recommend to anyone. There is a lot of negative things about this pedigree: 1.Serious (often chronic) health problems;they are prone to a plethora of eye problems, skin diseases, kidney disease, and more. We tried to cure ear bacteria and infections for a very long time and we are hanging out at the Vet's ambulance so often , that we became very close friends ... 2. They are obsessed with their owners :). They very often suffer from separation anxiety... Arthur has his own chair at the kitchen window and he is capable of waiting for me on that chair for more than 6 hours... He is following every my step, and acts like a dog who never sleeps and who is ready for an action just not to stay alone or to be left. He is not sociable, for him other people and animals are not important . I am the only person he needs. I am sometimes flattered with that behaviour, but only sometimes :). Because if someone loves you so much, you must love him even more ... And that's where the problems start. We are now unconditionally loyal to each other and inseparable couple who doesn't let anyone to get so close into our lives..
From biljana Mar 12 2017 12:11AM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 51 days ago
I think my Shar-Pei was BIpolar!
First off let me say I loved my little Pepper very much but boy was she a handful. She ate her feces sometimes to hide the fact that she had pooed in the house and would sometimes scatter it about when upset after she was scolded for something. She was very smart but would be obedient when she wanted to. She was actually more stubborn than horses are known to be in my opinion. It took a lot of patience to deal with her at times. There were times she would tuck that little curly tail between her legs and sprint in circles through the kitchen on to the living room which then led to the foyer area and back around again until she wore herself out. I for the life of me could not figure her out. When she was done she would go about her business as if nothing had happened. I would just stare in utter shock. I loved her dearly but would not buy this breed ever again. My apologies beforehand to all of the Shar-Pei lovers out there..
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