Breed: Shar Pei
Country of Origin: China
Color: Black, Fawn, Lilac, Cream, Sand, Red
Life Expectancy: 9-11 years
Height: Female: 46-51 cm, Male: 46-51 cm
Weight: Female: 18-25 kg, Male: 25-30 kg
Litter Size: 3-7 puppies
Ad ID: 120
Both heavily wrinkled dogs with large heads and smaller headed dogs with tighter looking skins occur in this breed.
There are three coat varieties: horse-coat and brush-coat and a rare bear-coat. The bear-coat, does not falling within AKC standard because this particular Shar-Pei has an undercoat and a topcoat exceeding 1 inch. The popular theory about the bear-coat is that it's a "throwback" to the chow-chow.
They are actually quite popular as pet quality Shar-Pei, albeit rare, and often confused with the chow by unknowing owners as well as animal shelter workers. The unusual horse-coat is rough to the touch, extremely prickly and off-standing.
The brush-coated variety has longer hair and a smoother feel. The coat on either variety can be up to one inch in length. Coat colors include all solid colors and sables. There is also a lowered, spotted, and a parti colored Shar-Pei coat, which is a disqualifying fault in the show ring according to AKC standard. The small ears fall forward and the tail is carried in a curl.
Like the Chow Chow, these dogs have a blue-black tongue. It has a square profile with a broad, full head and wide, padded muzzle. Puppies have more wrinkles than adults. Shar-Pei slowly loose their wrinkles as they get older.
Temperament: Suspicious, Devoted, Affectionate, Independent, Reserved, Loving
Health Problems: Due to poor breeding practices, some breeds are prone to certain genetic health problems, such as hip dysplasia.
Both heavily wrinkled dogs with large heads and smaller headed dogs with tighter looking skins occur in this breed. There are three coat varieties: horse-coat and brush-coat and a rare bear-coat. The bear-coat.
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