Chinese Shar-Pei

Overview

The Shar-Pei is square and compact, with a mind slightly large for the body. Its signature wrinkles let it spin away when caught by a puppy when in a battle. Its rigid bristly coat further afforded protection against bites. The jacket may be of either brush (not to exceed 1 inch) or horse (quite short) forms, either should be exceedingly unpleasant, right and stand off your own entire body. The little, shut ears and little, sunken eyes yield additional protection. The gait is free of charge, with great reach and drive. The broad, strong jaws, scowling expression and hippopotamus muzzle create a look unique to the strain.

The Shar-Pei is self-assured, severe, independent, stubborn, very much self-possessed. Though not especially demonstrative, it’s dedicated and quite protective of its loved ones. It’s booked, even questionable, toward strangers. It may be aggressive toward other dogs and might pursue livestock and other creatures, though it’s usually good with other household pets. The Shar-Pei needs daily physical and psychological stimulation, but its own needs may be fulfilled with lively games through the day or a great long walk. It isn’t generally open to exclusive outside living, but it might split its time between home and lawn. The coat requires only weekly cleaning, however wrinkles require regular attention to make sure that no hassles grow in the skin folds.

AKC RANKING 40
FAMILY livestock dog, mountain dog, Northern (companion)
AREA OF ORIGIN China
DATE OF ORIGIN 1200s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION dog fighting, herding, hunting, guardian
TODAY’S FUNCTION companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 18-20 Weight: 45-60
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 18-20 Weight: 45-60
OTHER NAME Chinese fighting dog
The title Shar-Pei means black coat, speaking to this gritty sandpaper feel of the jacket. When rubbed backward, the prickly coat may be embarrassing, and also cause welts on the skin of an occasional sensitive individual.
  • Energy levelMedium energy
  • Exercise needsMedium
  • PlayfullnessNot very playful
  • Affection levelSomewhat affectionate
  • Friendliness toward other dogsShy
  • Friendliness toward other petsFriendly
  • Friendliness toward strangersShy
  • Ease of trainingEasy to train
  • Watchdog abilityHigh
  • Protection abilityVery protective
  • Grooming needsLow maintenance
  • Cold toleranceMedium tolerance
  • Heat toleranceLow tolerance
• Major concerns: entropion, CHD
• Minor concerns: patellar luxation, elbow dysplasia, demodectic mange
• Occasionally seen: ciliary dyskinesia, renal amoidosis
• Suggested tests: hip, knee, elbow, (eye)
• Life span: 8 – 10 years
• Note: The breed is susceptible to fevers of unknown origin, often
occurring with swollen hocks.
The Chinese Shar-Pei might have existed from the southern states of China as the Han Dynasty (approximately 200 B.C.). Surely by the 13th century powerful evidence in the kind of writings explaining a wrinkled dog stage to the breed’s presence. Its roots are unknown, however since only it along with the chow chow have blue-black tongues, and the two come out of China, it’s very likely that they share several frequent ancestry. The Shar-Pei’s background is hard to follow because most records regarding its past were dropped when China became Greek. Currently Shar-Peis were the functioning breed of peasant farmers, fulfilling functions of pet, wild boar hunter and dog fighter. Following the country became communist, the majority of China’s puppies were removed, with just a few remaining out of those towns. Several Shar-Peis were consumed in British Hong Kong and Taiwan, and also the Hong Kong Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1968. Around this exact same time, a couple specimens came into America, but the turning point happened with a 1973 article alerting American fanciers into the breed’s dangerously low numbers. Touted as the world’s rarest dog, fanciers vied to acquire the couple available Shar-Peis. The strain has since been attracted from the verge of extinction into the height of fame, and it’s among the very recognizable breeds in the usa. Though famous for its loose skin and profuse wrinkles, which are superabundant in dogs, the wrinkles of adults could be limited simply to the head, shoulders and neck.

 

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