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Chinese Shar-Pei

Also known as: Shar-Pei

Breed origin: China
Original purpose: Multi-purpose farm dog.

AKC recognized: 1992
AKC group: Non-Sporting

Size: Weight: 45 to 60 lbs
Size: Height: 18 to 20 inches
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Color: Solid colors and sable. A solid color dog may have shading, primarily darker, down the back and on the ears.

Life span: 7 to 10 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Chinese Shar-Pei is regal, alert, intelligent, dignified, lordly, scowling, sober and snobbish . They are independent and somewhat standoffish with strangers, but extremely devoted to their family. Originally a multipurpose farm dog, they have retained many of the skills required of them, including vermin catching, guarding, herding, and tracking skills. They are quick learners, but are often stubborn and require early and consistent training and socialization. Because they tend to be territorial and very protective, inadequate socialization and/or training can lead to excessive aggressiveness.

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Protective? Yes

OK for inexperienced owners? No

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? No

Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, agility, obedience, tracking, therapy

Grooming requirement: Shar-Pei are clean dogs and require only an occasional bath and regular ear cleaning.

Known health problems: Allergies, skin infections (often allergy-induced), entropion, cherry eye, ear infections, familial Shar Pei fever, swollen hock syndrome, amyloidosis, cancer.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Shar-Pei (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Tanya Ditto
Published in 2006
96 pages

The Chinese Shar-Pei (An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet)
By Jo Ann Thrower Redditt
Published in 1996
158 pages

By Anna Katherine Nicholas
Published in 1996
224 pages

Basic Guide to the Chinese Shar-Pei
By Stephen W. Jones and Kandi Stirling
Published in 1996
119 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America Rescue

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