SHAR-PEI DOG

Chinese fragility turned into an excellent show dog, the Shar-Pei is out of the ordinary with a majestic stance.
 
The Chinese Shar-Pei is unusual of course. The characteristics than make it stand out with its loose skin and creases, its “hippopotamus” muzzle, its brush hair and horsehair, its high inserted tail, small shell ears, and its blue tongue! And not for this should the Shar-Pei seem an anti-dog, ungraceful and exaggerated. The adult creases should be limited to the head, neck and withers. The head is large and high carried, the eyes as dark as possible, almond shaped. Any sign of avoidance in the eyes is undesirable. Entropion free. The ears are extremely small and quite thick, slightly rounded at the tip, never raised. The muzzle is moderate length, wide and not in tip. The tongue, palate, gums and lips should be bluish black, otherwise, it is a flaw, except in light or cream colored specimens, which can have a spotted or pink tongue. The neck is strong, muscular and medium length and inserted on the shoulder with moderate to strong creases forming a dewlap. The upper outline will sink briefly behind the withers. The chest is wide and deep; the back short and compt. The tail is one of the breed’s trait. There are several types, the most common is the curled tail forming a double ring. A tailless Shar-Pei is disqualified. Forelegs are straight, with strong carpus and substantial bones, not heavy; the shoulders close to the body, with a moderate space in between, not open or tucked. The feet, moderate sized, are compact and firm. The coat is extremely rough, not shiny or soft, but healthy looking. The coat varies from 1 to 2.5 cm. The Shar-Pei can be unicolor, except for the white. The tail and inner part of the limbs are often a lighter shade than the coat. Albino, brindle, particolor or spotted, mottled, roan and black and tan disqualify.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
There is nothing casual in the Shar-Pei. It is a decidedly dominant dog which requires education, socialization and kind treatment. 
The Shar-Pei decidedly has its likes and dislikes. It has its own mind and is clear about it. It can be stubborn, aggressive, territorial and even feisty. The well socialized Shar-Pei, properly taught, is a charming companion for the family and devoted to children. As a general rule, it cannot be with other dogs. It should be inside the house and hates the cold. It also hates the water, and the bath will always be a struggle. Owners love it for its intelligence and appearance, not to mention its sense of humor.
 
DEVELOPMENT             
Abiding to the standard. Dad shows its “hippopotamus” muzzle white its son is trying to make a face. 
An eight week Shar-Pei weighs between 5 or 6 kg. It usually develops quickly, reaching its maximum height after a year, although its complete development takes a year longer. The Shar-Pei is as intelligent as independent, for which it can be provocative during adolescence. However, the puppy is delightful, and it is notably easy to teach it cleanliness in the house. During puberty it gains substance and grows “into” its puppy creases, and we should consider that most these adorable creases will disappear as an adult. Fur change is uneven many times, creating the appearance of “patches” or “spots”, as the soft puppy hair is replaced in patches by the rougher and darker adult coat. Training can form the Shar-Pei, at all costs, avoid spoiling and battering this dog. A spoiled Shar-Pei is worse than a furious dragon with spasms.
 
HEALTH
The Shar-Pei went from being the “rarest dog” to becoming a very popular breed in very little time. This increase from a very small breeding base, along with its structural peculiarities, has led to many health concerns. It is very important that the future owner performs a careful research before choosing the puppy. Skin diseases, including a stress induced (between the fourth and eighth month) type of mange (demodex) is the order of the day. There is also local hair loss and dermatitis. A skin excess around the eyes may cause entropion, which may need surgical correction. There can be muzzle deformities, including “parrot jaw”. Twisted legs, joint luxation, hip dysplasia and other bone problems are also frequent. There is information about kidney disease, IgA deficiency, amiloidosys and hypothyroidism. A well bred Shar-Pei can live from eight to ten years. Current breeders are achieving more type consistency, whose lack affected the breed when its popularity began. There is special care due to the unique skin type in the breed. Choose the shampoo carefully. Nails should be clipped regularly to protect the feet. Shar-Pei nails grow quickly, and most hate manicure. Early teaching and socialization is very important. It is also important to follow a dietary routine to not alter its delicate digestive system. Avoid soy based feed. Dry food is highly recommended.
 
Don’t be seduced by these calendar dolls… Shar-Pei puppies always grow and lose those adorable wrinkles, but don’t always turn into healthy companions. Choose your puppy carefully. Own. Rose Mckinstry.