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General information:

               Shar-Pei are very intelligent and very clean dogs. With this breed some things to know are that they must be socialized at a young age. Shar-Pei are alert, independent and very loyal. They can be standoffish if they are not socialized properly with strangers. They become extremely attached to their family. 


               Shar-Pei do not require much grooming. Their coats do not mat, so they do not need to be brushed a bunch. The main part of grooming is trimming their nails and cleaning their ears. Their nails should be done weekly. They blow a coat rather than shed and it should be brushed regularly.


A Shar-Peiís head should not be too large in proportion to the body. The muzzle should relate to that of a hippopotamus. Shar-Peiís have small almond shaped eyes, as well as, small triangular shaped ears. Their tails should be high and curl over their back. There are three different types of coats in the Shar-Pei breed. The brush coat is about an inch long, the horse coat is short and against the skin, finally the bear coat is long similar to that of a Chow Chow. There should be loose skin around the head, neck and body of the Shar-Pei.

Body Style:

The Shar-Pei is a medium sized dog; it should be about 18Ē to 20Ē at the shoulder. An average Shar-Peiís weight is about 45 to 60 pounds; males are typically larger than females. They should have heavy folds of loose skin and abundant dewlap about the neck and throat. The removal of front dewclaws is optional. The feet should be moderate in size, compact and firmly set, not splayed.


                There are and abundance of colors in the Shar-Pei, but only solid colors and sables are acceptable in the show ring. The color of the tongue should be a solid black, blue color. Colors include black, blue, cream, fawn, red-fawn, red, sable, apricot, chocolate, and isabella. The nose may be black or brick (pink with black), with or without a black mask. A Shar-Pei can also have what is called a "dilute" coloration. Meaning the nose, nails and anus of the dog is the same color as the coat. An example of this is; chocolate coat with chocolate nose, nails and anus. A solid color dog may have shading, primarily darker, down the back and on the ears.

Major Faults

            Deviation from a Scissors Bite. Spotted Tongues or red tongue. A soft coat, a wavy coat, bear coat, or a coat in excess of 1" in length at the withers or a coat that has been trimmed. Albino; Not a solid color, Brindle; Parti-colored; Spotted; Patterned in any combination of colors are all disqualifications.




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