Easily recognized by the folds of loose skin covering its body, particularly the head, giving the dog a permanent frown.
The History Of The Chinese Shar Pei
The Chinese Shar Pei is also known as The Wrinkly Dog and originated in China during the 16th century.
In ancient times Shar Pei was bred in China as a fighting dog. As the sport lost its popularity the breed almost died out and in 1978 it was nominated as the rarest breed in the world.
Happily the breed has made a remarkable comeback and from just a handful of the dogs that remained in Hong Kong, the breed has now spread around the world. The Shar Pei was accepted into the American Kennel Club miscellaneous class in 1988 and at that time almost 30,000 dogs were registered in the US alone. Full membership in the AKC was awarded in 1992 and by then was in the top 20 popular breeds.
Description Of The Chinese Shar Pei
A high set and thick tail curls over the back or either side of the back and is unaltered. The small folded ears are never altered.
There are two types of coat in this breed of which the horse coat is short and the brush coat is coarse and around an inch in length. The permissible colors are solid cream, fawn, red, black, and chocolate. The Shar Pei has more wrinkles when it is a baby than when it is older but there must be wrinkles evident at all ages.
This breed averages from 18 - 20 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs in at around 35 - 45 pounds.
Coat & Grooming
A lot of care should be taken to make sure the folds of skin are kept free of fungal and bacterial infections.
Health problems to watch out for are skin disorders and eye irritations.. Please read our page on health problems by clicking here.
For More Information on the Chinese Shar Pei
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Shar Pei means "sandy coat" and refers to the feel of its bristly hair. Tongues are always blue-black like the Chow Chow and Thai Ridgeback, suggesting that these three breeds are closely related.
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