Chinese Shar-Pei

Chinese Shar-Pei

Chinese Shar-Pei

Shar Pei, or Chinese Shar-Pei, is a breed of dog known for its distinctive features of deep wrinkles and a blue-black tongue. Originally Shar-Pei was multipurpose Chinese farm dog, many of the breed’s characteristics relate to that work. Chinese Shar-Pei breed,  can be traced as far back as China’s Han Dynasty (200 B.C.), was originally used as a hunting and fighting dog—their trademark wrinkly face allowed them to avoid bites.  Shar-Pei slowly lose their wrinkles as they get older. There are three coat varieties: horse-coat, brush-coat and a rare bear-coat, which is not recognized by the AKC. Chinese Shar-Peis have a shoulder height of 48-58 cm (19-23 in) and weigh 18-25 kg (40-55 lbs). They have muscular front and back legs and curled tails. Chinese Shar-Pei is brave, wise, and dominant, but not always obedient they may look sad or wistful. Chinese Shar-Pei need only moderate exercise (several brisk daily walks), so they do quite well in the city or suburbs. In fact, unless they are securely fenced, they are not the best choice for a farm or rural setting, for they have strong hunting instincts and may run deer or molest livestock if they get loose. Chinese Shar-Peis need a considerable amount of outdoor exercise. Shar-Pei is self-assured, serious, independent, stubborn and very much self-possessed. Although not particularly demonstrative, it is devoted and very protective of its family. Healthy Chinese Shar-Pei can live as long as 10 years. Common health problems include skin allergies, ear infections and an eye condition called entropion