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Shar Pei
China FCI 309 - Molossoid - Dogo

Shar Pei

The Shar Pei he is affectionate with his owner; he is quite reserved with strangers.



Dogs like breed Shar Pei have existed in southern China for centuries, perhaps from the Han dynasty around 200 A.C. Archaeologists have found statues from that period showing a dog similar to the Shar-Pei.. Later evidence includes a 13th century document referring to a wrinkled dog.

The first Shar-Pei they were farm and working dogs. They watched over property and livestock, they hunted and herded flocks. The Shar-Pei was a guardian of the house otherwise, as well. His purple tongue, shared with another race, the Chow Chow, and their wrinkled skin was believed to ward off evil spirits. In addition to being working dogs, the Shar Pei fighting dogs were also popular. Their loose fur and rough fur made it difficult for the other dog to hold on to them..

Life has always been hard in China, but for the Shar Pei became very dangerous after the communist takeover in the early 20th century. In the People's Republic of China, Dogs were a symbol of a decadent past and were virtually eliminated in the 1990s. 1950. Only a few remained in rural areas, as well as in Hong Kong (still under British rule at the time) and in Taiwan, plus a few that had been exported to the United States in 1966.

In 1973, a Hong Kong breeder named Matgo Law appealed to Western dog aficionados to help save the breed, it was on the verge of extinction. The unusual wrinkled dogs sparked an enthusiastic interest in Americans and quickly became “the” must have dog. The Shar Pei were fully recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992. After that first burst of popularity, have achieved a moderate level of interest, they are currently in the position 50, below the post 37 a decade.

Physical characteristics

It is a robust dog, solid, compact, shorthair. The head is large in proportion to the body. The skull is wide and flat, and the ⓘstop, very little pronounced. The forehead and the orbital region are covered with abundant and fine wrinkles that extend downwards forming ; eyes are small, sunken, black or brown color in beige specimens. Ears are very small, equilateral triangle, and high insertion and facing forward, above the eyes. The skin forms folds throughout the body, which is a peculiarity of the breed. The tail is inserted high and its carriage in the shape of a trunk above the back is characteristic., without touching it.

  • Fur: thick, very short and straight, with a very visible hardness.
  • Color: black, brown, leonado, beige and cream.
  • Size: 40 – 51 cm..

The Chinese line presents fewer wrinkles than the American one. Females are smaller in size than males.

Character and skills

The Shar Pei he's a little snobby. He's naturally reserved with people he doesn't know and stays aloof once they're introduced. Extensive socialization at a young age is necessary to prevent it from becoming too territorial or aggressive. Only family members receive the overwhelming devotion of this independent dog., alert and intelligent that watches the world go by in a calm and dignified way.

One Shar Pei it's quiet in the house. It is a remarkable watchdog and rarely barks unless it is playing. If they hear it, you should go and see what has caught your attention. A short, quick walk meets your exercise needs.

It is a strong and confident dog that learns fast, so don't put off training. The Shar Pei is independent and strong-willed. Be firm but never harsh or physical with him.. Teach him from the beginning to accept grooming procedures like trimming nails, clean ears and brush teeth. You never want you Shar Pei learn that you can be physically intimidated into stopping these procedures.

like most dogs, to the Shar Pei He doesn't like to have his feet touched and he doesn't like to have his nails cut. That also applies to other procedures..

The Shar Pei is a watchdog that has hunted and fought with other dogs. to most of the Shar Pei They do not like the company of other dogs., and are easily excited by aggression. A securely fenced yard will prevent you from conflict with other dogs or trying to expand your territory to include the entire block..

Start training your puppy the day you bring him home. Even at eight weeks old, He is able to absorb everything you can teach him. Don't wait until you have 6 months to start train or have to deal with more stubborn dog. If possible, Take it to a trainer when you have between 10 and 12 weeks, and socializes, socialice, socialice. But, Note that many kinds of training puppies require certain vaccinations (such as kennel cough) stay up to date, and many veterinarians recommend limited exposure to other dogs and public places until puppy vaccinations (including rabies, distemper and parvovirus) They are completed. Instead of formal training, You can start training your puppy to socialize at home and among family and friends until immunizations are completed in the puppy.

Talk to the breeder, Describe exactly what you want in a dog and ask for help choosing a puppy. Breeders see puppies daily and can make incredibly accurate recommendations once they know something about their lifestyle and personality. Whatever you want from a Shar Pei, look for one whose parents have nice personalities and who has been well socialized since the puppy's young age.

Health of the “Shar Pei”

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems, just as all people have the potential to inherit a particular disease. Run, do not walk, from any breeder that does not offer a health guarantee on puppies, to tell you that the breed is 100 percent healthy and has no known problems, or tell you that your puppies are isolated from the main part of the home for health reasons. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about the breed's health problems and the incidence with which they occur in their lines..

The Shar Pei have many health problems, and their owners can develop a close relationship with their vet. Concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia; patella dislocation; Hypothyroidism; eye problems such as entropy, retinal dysplasia and glaucoma, allergies and infections of the skin folds.

A unique problem is a disease called c fever, a condition in which the dog experiences periodic fevers and its hock joints swell. Accompanying signs may include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea and shallow breathing.

Not all of these conditions are detectable on a growing puppy, and it is impossible to predict if an animal will be free of these diseases, so you must find a reputable breeder who is committed to raising the healthiest animals possible.. Must be able to produce independent certification that the dog's parents (and grandparents, etc.) have been examined for common defects and considered healthy for breeding. That's where health records come in..

Careful breeders screen their breeding dogs for genetic diseases and breed only the healthiest, best-looking specimens., but sometimes mother nature has other ideas and a puppy develops one of these diseases despite good husbandry practices. Advances in veterinary medicine mean that in most cases dogs can still live a good life. If you are going to have a puppy, ask the breeder about the ages of the dogs in their lines and what they died of.

Remember that after you have welcomed a new puppy into your home, has the power to protect you from one of the most common health problems: the obesity. Keep a Shar Pei with proper weight is one of the easiest ways to extend your life. Make the most of your preventive skills to help ensure a healthier dog for life.

care of the “Shar Pei”

Grooming requirements depend on each Shar Pei. Weekly brushing can meet the needs of both the variety of “shorthair” like the type “brushed” (slightly longer), but some Shar Pei of either type can be prone to skin problems. Dogs with skin problems may need a weekly bath and daily brushing.

All the Shar Pei need regular wrinkle care. Wrinkles should be cleaned with a damp cloth and then dried completely to prevent infection.. Do not oil the skin.

The Shar Pei they have small ears, tight and triangular that predispose them to chronic ear problems because there is not enough air circulating in the narrow ear canal. Although it is not so easy to clean the ears of a Shar Pei as it is for most races, regular cleaning should be done to help prevent recurrent yeast or bacterial infections.

Bathe your dog as you like or only when it gets dirty. With the gentle dog shampoos available now, can bathe a Shar Peiweekly if you wish without damaging your coat.

The rest is basic care. Trim nails as needed, usually every few weeks. Brush your teeth for general good health and fresh breath.

Characteristics "Shar Pei"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Shar Pei" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

Adaptation ⓘ

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friendly dog ​​ⓘ

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hair loss ⓘ

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Affection level ⓘ

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Need for exercise ⓘ

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Social need ⓘ

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Home ⓘ

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Toilet ⓘ

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Friendly with strangers ⓘ

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barking ⓘ

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Health ⓘ

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Territorial ⓘ

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Cat friendly ⓘ

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Intelligence ⓘ

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Versatility ⓘ

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Surveillance ⓘ

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joy ⓘ

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Images "Shar Pei"


1 – This is a typical photo of a bone mouth traditional Shar-Pei. CH Dali Pinky, Hong Kong Kennel Club Champion by No machine-readable author provided. Inuyasya1106 assumed (based on copyright claims). / Public domain
2 – Shar_Pei_female_of_7_months._Chinese_line by Mcarrillo / CC BY-SA
3 – Shar Pei by https://pxhere.com/es/photo/1267570
4 – Shar Pei by https://pxhere.com/es/photo/1169173

Videos "Shar Pei"

Type and recognitions:

  • Group 2: Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs
  • Section 2.1: Molossoid, mastiff type. Without working trial..


  • FCI – Pinscher and Schnauzer-Molossoid type dogs – Swiss Mountain Dogs and Cattledogs. Section 2.1 Molossoid, mastiff type.
  • AKC – Non-Sporting
  • ANKC – Group 7 (Non-Sporting)
  • CKC – Group 6 – Non-Sporting
  • ​KC – Utility dog
  • NZKC – Non-Sporting
  • UKC – Northern Breed

FCI breed standard "Shar Pei"

FCIFCI - Shar Pei

Alternative names:

1. Cantonese Shar-Pei (English).
2. Shar-peï, sharpeï (French).
3. Shar-Pei (German).
4. Shar-pei (Portuguese).
5. Sharpei (español).

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