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Shar Pei

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Shar Pei

About Shar Pei

Shar Pei lay its origins in South China and was popularly kept as a watchdog. The breed is famous for its wrinkled appearance. It is considered one of the rarest dog breeds. The breed’s wrinkled skin is reminiscent of the chubby skin of a human baby and retains the texture until their mature age. These dogs share the reputation of being aggressive towards people and therefore it is important to buy it from the breeder that has exposed them to people.

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Although nothing specific is known about Shar Pei’s origin, they closely resemble effigies of guard dogs in south China, some believe that the modern breed Chow Chow descends from Shar Pei. The breed first caught the attention of Western Travelers in the 19th Century, who named the breed as a “Chinese fighting dog.” 

 The wrinkled dog breed was first used for dogfighting by the locals. The breed soon came to the verge of extinction in the 1970 s and this led to the urgency of breeding the remaining ones with other breeds namely Bull Terrier, Bulldog, and Pug. The result of this breeding led to a fleshier breed known as “meat-mouth” and the original ones were called “Bone-mouth” Shar Pei. It is said to have a blue tongue. 

The United States stood up for the cause of saving the declining population of Sher Pei in the 1970s. The miniature Sher pie became popular in the US due to its size and increased wrinkles.

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  • Shar Pei is a guard dog ideal for the experienced pet owner.
  • They are loyal and active; love to engage in playful activities
  • Suspicious of the strangers in their neighbourhood
  • They are comfortable in the company of cats but have problems mixing with other dogs.
  • Shar Pie hates the cold environment.
  • Shar Pie is a strong and confident dog. He is a quick learner and therefore, it is essential to start his training at an early stage.
  • The breed requires early socialization to avoid behavior problems

Common Health Problems

After becoming a popular breed in North America, the breed suffered rushed and inexperienced breeding. It not only affected the overall appearance of the breed but also the health.

In comparison to other breeds, Shar Pei is prone to catching Atopic Dermatitis, a chronic allergic disease. Dogs with thick and allergic skin are susceptible to catching skin infections. Apart from that, Eye issues like Glaucoma, Retinal Dysplasia, Entropion, and SARDS are among the common diseases that affect the breed.

Shar Pei fever is another deadly disease to which the breed succumbs. It is a condition in which the dog experiences periodic fevers and the hip joints swell. Diarrhoea, vomiting, and shallow breathing are some of the signs to look for in such a situation.

The breed is exposed to certain chronic yeast infections due to a tight inner ear structure with a wrinkled appearance. And it makes cleaning difficult.

None of these conditions are traceable at the puppy stage.

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Diet Needs of Sher Pei

The diet of Shar Pei depends largely on age. For keeping them slim and healthy, it is essential to ensure a balanced diet. 

Growing puppies and young adults require a lot of nutrition and energy and hence a good amount of protein is essential on their plates. Apart from this, dogs that have been sprayed or neutered may require fewer calories.

For puppies, make sure to include calcium and phosphorus in a perfect state. To talk about fat, it is the main source of energy for the Chinese breed, Shar Pie. Therefore, include 5-8% fat in the daily diet of your dog.

Ensure crude protein amounts at 17-20% and fat no more than 20%.

Note: Do not include more than 20% protein in Shar Pei ‘s diet.

He can eat apples, watermelons, shrimps, peanut butter, popcorn, eggs, Quinoa, and meat. Avoid including chocolate, grapes, raisins, Ibuprofen, cheese, in the diet.

Apart from this, keeping your dog hydrated is most important of all, else your pooch might get into serious health problems. Keep a jar of freshwater available to your dog all the time.

Coat Color and Grooming ​

Shar Pie is generally found in Black, Cream, Fawn, Red, Sand, and Lilac colors.

The Chinese Shar Pei requires minimal grooming. They need a bath a month or so and the nails should be trimmed once a week. The breed is susceptible to developing ear problems owing to its structure and thus it is imperative to ensure ear hygiene by cleaning the ear weekly. Use an ear cleaning solution as prescribed by the vet.

Exercise Needs

Being a hunting dog, Shar Pei does not require much exercise. Your Shar Pie may need a minimum of an hour of exercise daily. It can include mental stimulation, a playful walk, free play, etc.

 That’s all about Shar Pei. Hope you liked the content.