ALL ABOUT™ THE CHINESE SHAR-PEI
Chinese Shar-Pei Puppy & Breed Information
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The first imports were correctly called Chinese Fighting Dogs. The name was later changed to Shar-Pei, meaning “sand skin” but it took several generations for the breed to “catch on” in the states. Jean Fein, Loveland, OH, imported four of the first 7 to the U.S. The Shar-Pei shares the unique blue-black tongue with the Chow-Chow.
Chinese Shar-Pei Coat, Color, Care: Loose skin and wrinkles are abundant in puppies but as he grows, wrinkles may be limited to head, neck and withers. An occasional bath and nail clipping will suffice but frequent cleaning of ears and wrinkles is mandatory for health and huggability.
Chinese Shar-Pei Personality: Sometimes stubborn, definitely independent and strong-willed, the Shar-Pei should be trained early in life. Establish good grooming habits and dominance training as a puppy. It may be difficult to physically dominate an adult dog without proper training. The Shar-pei is easily housebroken, not a barker, and gets along with submissive animals.
Exercise Requirements: Daily jogging or bicycling release pent up energy and will prevent nervous habits such as chewing or licking.
Health Concerns: Hip dysplasia and digestive tract problems can be modified by diet and may be hereditary. Shar-Pei puppies should be from cleared parents. Eye problems such as entropion, glaucoma, cherry eye, and SARDS as well as chronic ear problems like yeast growth, hyperplastic (Proliferative) otitis and stenosis, are not uncommon. Shar-Pei may also suffer from respiratory problems due to heat stress. Allergies, itching, or thyroid imbalance is often caused by environmental factors, not excluding medication side effects. A natural (partially home cooked) diet may correct such disorders.
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