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Shar Pei Breed Fact Sheet

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Shar Pei Breed Information

Group 7: Non Sporting

Energy Level: Moderate

Original Function: dog fighting, herding, hunting, guardian

Temperament: Calm, independent, very affectionate, and devoted to people.

Characteristics: Loose skin, frowning expression, harsh bristly coat

Be Aware: Can suffer skin problems.

Lifespan: 8-10 years

Height: 46-51cm (18"-20") at withers.

Colour: All solid colours except white are acceptable. Frequently shaded on tail and back of thighs with lighter colour.

Coat: Extremely harsh coat, straight and off-standing on the body but flatter on the limbs. No undercoat. Length varies from short and bristly, under 1.25 cm ( half an inch) or longer and thicker, between 1.25 cm ( half an inch) and 2.5 cm (one inch), but still off-standing and harsh to the touch.
N.B. No particular coat length within the accepted length should be preferred above the other. Never trimmed.

General Appearance: Loose skin, frowning expression, harsh bristly coat. Well toned proportioned body. Small flat triangular ears set on broad profusely wrinkled forehead. Tongue, roof of mouth, gums and flews bluish black. Broad well padded muzzle (Meat Mouth). Tightly curled tail carried high on back.



The Shar Pei originated in China, the Chinese used them for protection against robbers and wild animals. Later they became known as the Chinese Fighting Dog and at times they were a source of food. They almost became extinct but through certain breeders in Hong Kong and other kennel clubs the breed was able to survive.
They are well mannered and have an easy-going natures that makes them a lovable companion. They may be aggressive towards other dogs and wary of strangers, but with good socialization this will not be a problem. They need firm but gentle training and catch on and learn things quickly.

Grooming- Regular brushing to remove loose hair, more so during shedding. Regular bathing and checking of the folds of skin is necessary, you must keep them clean and dry.Maintain regular checks on ear canals.

Exercise- regular walks and off lead runs is needed to keep them fit, happy and from becoming bored.

Health- This breed may suffer from eye problems, occasionally the lid will roll in and irritate the eye in which case a small operation may be necessary. They are also prone to skin problems but most skin problems can be minimal if attention is paid to preservatives in foods.
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