So, you want a Shar-pei?
Many people do. Finding one can be difficult because the breed was in serious jeopardy when the Communists took over China in the 1950's. Since then the breed has been brought to America and over 100,000 are thought to be living here.
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According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Chinese Shar-Pei, also known as the Kwan Tung Temple dog, has a sandy coat and a "hippopotamus" head shape.
In China, these dogs helped their masters in various farming tasks such as herding cattle, guarding the home and family, and hunting.
The Shar-Pei is believed to have shared a common origin with the smooth-coated Chow-Chow because of the blue-black mouths and tongues. Their loose, prickly coat enabled the Shar-Pei to wriggle out of its opponents grasp while fighting in the dog pits, but contrary to myth, they can't turn around in their skin.
Their tail is carried over their backs on either side exposing the anus. Tail shapes vary from a tightly curled tail to a loose curl or even held in an arch over the back.
What Are Shar-Peis Like?
Shar-Peis are loyal to their handlers.
They are attentive, intelligent and like to play. These brave dogs like to be active. They bond with their family, but are not unfriendly toward strangers.
If you plan to raise one around cats and children be sure to get the dog while it is still young.
The Shar-Pei needs a confident handler. If you are inconsistent or too soft, in the dog's eyes, it will take over as the boss.
Your Shar-Pei will need daily exercise. A brisk walk is sufficient, but do avoid exercising in excess heat. They need shade and water on summer days because their wrinkles tend to hold in extra heat.