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The incredible fad of the Chinese Shar-Pei of the 80s and 90s has faded and its legacy in the US is unfortunately a population of dogs of dubious quality, questionable temperaments and health problems (like skin issues).  This is not to say that ALL Shar Pei are poor specimens but that the good ones are difficult to find.  When you do find a good one... you will know it.  This dog, when properly cared for, bred and reared has great presence and confidence while being extremely charming and friendly.  The "wrinkles" so popular are still evident in the adult and not just a memory of the pup.  For those that are determined that this is the breed for them, great research is warranted both so that they are prepared for the care that the dog requires (especially to prevent infections in those charming wrinkles) but also to know how to suitably raise the dog once they find a truly responsible source for the companion.

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General Information
Group(s): Non-Sporting Height: 18-20 inches
Weight: 35-45 pounds Longevity: 13 years
Colors: black, red, fawn and cream; only solid colors, no white Coat type: short, plush over wrinkles
Recognized Registries: AKC and those of many other countries
Overall Appearance: In an exceptional example of the Shar Pei, the coat and skin are clearly its claim to fame with wrinkles cascading over neck back and into the legs. With poorer examples, wrinkles that were evident in puppies are lost with maturity. Strong blocky head and muscular build are also common to the Shar Pei.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: intelligent, aloof and suspicious to strangers, exceptionally devoted to family
  with Children: can be good if properly supervised and socialized
  with other pets: varies greatly with individual
  with dogs: varies greatly with individual
Socialization requirements: rather high; this independently minded dog will make its own decisions, socialization will help those remain friendly decisions
Ideal home characteristics: flexible for environment (urban or rural) requires regular grooming to maintain skin and coat health, best with some mental stimulation, so properly dedicated family with time to devote is essential
Temperament Notes: intelligent, confident, aloof to strangers,
Training requirement: to suit lifestyle, while the Shar Pei enjoys many activities, a more relaxed lifestyle is acceptable too
Trainer notes: Does best with short training sessions built on very highly desired reward.  This dog will become sullen and intractable with improper handling.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: around 200 BC
Country of Origin: China
Original Function: fighting
History: Probably originated in Kwangtung province of China. Statues dating to 200 BC show a dog much like the modern Shar Pei in Southern China. Arrived in the US in early 1970s to enthusiastic following.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: undersize, improper coat (bear or long coat),
Health Notes: skin problems, eye problems, allergies
Health Testing: CERF, Thyroid Panel
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Shar Pei?
  • What titles do you seek on your breeding stock?
  • How did you choose the sire for this litter?
  • What health issues are in the breed?
  • What health problems do you screen for?  What health problems do not have tests?
  • How old does a Shar Pei have to be to be considered old enough to breed?
  • Will you be keeping a puppy from this litter?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age are you willing to send a puppy home?
Web Sites: - Eastern Shar Pei Rescue Network 

 - National Parent Club Rescue Site

Other Resources
Breed standard: - standard of the Shar Pei

Breeder Ethics: - Shar Pei Club of America Breeder Code of Conduct



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