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Subject: rec.pets.dogs: Chinese Shar-Peis Breed-FAQ
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Table of Contents
* The AKC Standard
* Crate Training
* Frequently Asked Questions
* Health Problems
* Puppy Buyer's Guidelines
* Shar-Pei Vet List
* Shar-Pei Mailing List
* Suggested Readings
The origin of the Chinese Shar-Pei can be traced to the province of
Kwun Tung and has for centuries existed in the southern provinces of
China. These dogs helped their peasant masters in various tasks such
as herding cattle, guarding the home and family, and have proven
themselves to be qualified hunters of "wild game, usually wild pigs."
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,
possibly the Great Pyrenees, a source of the double dew claws, and the
Tibetan Mastiff. It was believed in ancient times that the dark mouth
of the Chow-Chow, exposed when barking, helped to ward off evil
spirits. The first Shar-Pei may have appeared as a mutation. The
Shar-Pei when translated means "sand-skin" or "shark skin." This
uniquely rough, loose, prickly coat enabled the Shar-Pei to wriggle
out of its opponents grasp while fighting in the dog pits. The coat
when stroked against the grain may be abrasive, producing a burning,
itching sensation. Their tail is carried over their backs on either
side exposing the anus. The first tail set is a tightly curled tail, a
"coin" tail. The second tail set is the loose curl, and third is
carried in an arch over the back. The Shar-Pei with his tail sticking
out straight or between his legs was thought to be cowardly. The tail
should denote bravery.
While viewing the body head on, if the toes were slightly turned out
this was thought to help the dog with balance according to old-time
dog-fighting g fanciers. The Chinese crawling dragon with his feet
pointed east and west was considered a sign of strength. Because of
these poor breeding practices many of the Shar-Pei have bad fronts. A
dog with straight forelegs is correct.
Incidentally, any dog in China that protects property is called a
fighting dog, whereas in Canada and the United States they are
referred to as guard dogs.
Following the establishment of the Peoples' Republic of China as a
communist nation, the dog population was virtually wiped out. If not
for the efforts of Matgo Law of Hong Kong, the Shar-Pei would not be
here today. Due to his dedication to the breed, a small number of
Shar-Pei were brought to the United States in the 1960's and early
70's. In 1974 American and Canadian fanciers answered Matgo's appeal
for help and in 1976 the first Shar-Pei was registered. The foundation
stock brought over from Hong Kong were of poorer quality then the
Shar-Pei we see today. In August of 1991 the Shar-Pei officially
completed the requirements for recognition by the American Kennel club
and was placed in the Non-Sporting Group. In 1992 the Canadian Kennel
Club also officially recognized and grouped the Shar-Pei in group 6,
Non-Sporting n g events. Since that time several Shar-Pei are now and
continuing to become CKC and AKC champions.
Together the United States and Canada can now boast over 100,000
Shar-Pei in the world. This unique breed is also recognized by the
FCI, HKKC, and the CSPCGB. The CSPCGB operates independently receiving
no input or influence from the [British] Kennel Club. I would also
mention that the FCI recognizes the HKKC standard and not the AKC's at
this time, as per its general policy of using the standard from the
country of the breed's origin.
The AKC Standard
The Standard is the physical "blueprint" of the breed. It describes
the physical appearance and other desired qualities of the breed
otherwise known as type. Some characteristics, such as size, coat
quality, and movement, are based on the original (or current) function
for the dog. Other characteristics are more cosmetic such as eye
color; but taken together they set this breed apart from all others.
The Standard describes an ideal representative of the breed. No
individual dog is perfect, but the Standard provides an ideal for the
breeder to strive towards.
Because of copyright concerns over the collection of all the Standards
at any single site storing all the faqs, AKC Standards are not
typically included in the Breed faqs. The reader is referred to the
publications at the end of this document or to the National Breed Club
for a copy of the Standard .
Shar-Pei are extremely devotion to their family, and as with all
breeds early socialization is important. Because the Shar-Pei can be
stubborn and somewhat standoffish towards strangers, puppy
kindergarten and general obedience should be a consideration for a new
Crate training is a positive way to train your dog. Your dog will come
to think of its crate as a safe place to re-treat to when they need
some quiet time.
Many Shar-Pei throughout the world have gained their titles with
Companion Dog (CD), Companion Dog Excellence (CDX), and Utility Dog
(U.D.) degrees. They have also proven themselves in tracking and
retrieving. The Shar-Pei have won many conformation titles and are
known to have an excellent gait when at full trot.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is its tongue black? Do any other breeds also have a black tongue?
The Shar-Pei shares this distinctive characteristic with only one
other breed, the Chow-Chow, indicating that there may be a common
What happens if a Shar-Pei has a spotted black tongue, is it mix?
If the Shar-Pei has a spotted tongue it is a major fault. The
tongue should be a bluish black unless it is a dilute in which case
a lavender tongue is acceptable. A solid pink tongue is a
What colors do the Shar-Pei come in?
The Shar-Pei can be a number of colors. The coat must be solid in
color and any Shar-Pei with a "flowered coat" (spotted) or black
and tan in coloration (i.e. German Shepherd) is a disqualification.
Colors include black, cream, fawn, red-fawn, red, sable, apricot,
chocolate, isabella, and blue. 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, (i.e. chocolate coat
with chocolate nose, nails and anus). All of these color variations
are acceptable and beautiful, but the coat color must be solid and
well blended throughout the whole body of the dog.
The puppies are SO cute and wrinkly! Do they stay this wrinkly?
No, in the adult Shar-Pei the wrinkling is confined mainly to the
forehead and withers. However, some have more wrinkles than others.
Are they good with other dogs? Children? Cats and other pets?
Yes, like most breeds if raised with children and other pets the
Shar-Pei can be a loving member of the family. Puppy kindergarten
is a good way to socialize your puppy with other dogs, people, and
unfamiliar surroundings. When considering a Shar-Pei as your family
dog make sure you see the parents of your prospective pup. This
will help you determine what your pup's temperament will be like.
"A well-bred Shar-Pei, bred by a pedigree-knowledgeable breeder,
rarely, if ever, has had a problem with this in the past 10 years.
While it's true some of the original 12 dogs imported to the United
States that make up the breed's genetic foundation in this country
were street dogs with nasty dispositions, conscientious breeders
have made tremendous strides in eliminating people-aggressiveness
tendencies." This is why socialization when young is very
important. The Shar-Pei thrive on lots of attention and
Why do Shar-Pei shy away when a person tries to pet them on the head
or approaches to quickly?
"The breed's eyes are hooded by skin, which limits its peripheral
vision. As a result, they have difficulty seeing people approach
from either side until they're almost directly in front of them.
The sudden appearance startles the dogs, which causes them to shy
away. When approached from the front, Shar-Pei don't react this
way." Always let the dog sniff your hand and allow him/her time to
familiarize themselves with you. Sniffing is a dog's way of making
friends just as we say "Hello" or shake hands. Young children
especially should be taught how to approach a dog and a child
should never approach a dog unless with their parent(s) and the
dog's owner are present.
Are they suspicious of strangers? Do they make good watch dogs?
Yes, they are aloof with strangers and make excellent watch dogs.
They are defensive of their home and loved ones. They are an
independent breed, very owner-oriented. "A plus as well as a minus
in the training situation. Independence is a plus because dogs
possess the necessary confidence to work at a distance from their
handlers, but it's a minus because it sometimes translates into
stubbornness". Training sessions should be brief and not with
force. Shar-Pei respond best to praise and or food reinforcement as
a reward for good behavior.
Do Shar-Pei snore?
Yes, Shar-Pei snore, some more then others. The Shar-Pei also snort
which may be mistaken for growling. As with all squashed-faced
breeds, Bulldogs, Pugs, etc., snoring and snorting go hand-in-hand.
Do they shed much?
No, only once a year to lighten their dense coat for the summer.
Always use a bristled brush or a hound glove.
How long do they live?
They live to be approximately 8 to 12 years of age but some have
been known to live as long as 15 years or more.
Is the Shar-Pei suitable for apartment living?
Yes, but they need daily exercise otherwise they will begin to feel
pent-up. This should include more then just taking them out to do
Are Shar-Pei intelligent?
Shar-Pei are very intelligent and excel in obedience training. They
are quick to learn therefore training should be varied in order to
maintain their interest.
Do Shar-Pei drool?
Only after they eat do they get slobbery due to water getting
trapped in the folds of their muzzle. Oh, and of course if they are
offered some tasty treats!
Can Shar-Pei tolerate extremes in temperature?
Shar-Pei should not be left in the sun for long periods of time as
they can get over heated easily. In cold weather the Shar-Pei are
fine but should not live as an outdoor dog. Remember to put
Vaseline on the pads of their paws to protect them from the salt
some cities put down for vehicles. This salt can burn the pads of
their feet and be very painful. The Shar-Pei do not do well with
climate extremes, "because of the health problems living as an
outdoor dog presents (i.e., flea bite dermatitis, inhalant
allergies to plant material) and because of the breed's possible
increased susceptibility to airborne diseases such as parvo. The
social isolation associated with living as an outdoor (or kennel)
dog also is not beneficial to this owner-oriented breed".
What is the general disposition of a Shar-Pei?
"The Shar-Pei is a bright, affectionate dog that makes a terrific
companion animal. In addition it is an able contender in the
obedience or agility ring when trained with the appropriate
methods. It is easily house-trained, exceptionally clean and
requires minimal grooming. And, it is stable and temperamentally
dependable when bred by reputable breeders knowledgeable in
In general, dogs with any of the following conditions should not be
bred. You want to make sure that the parents of the puppy you may be
considering have been cleared or checked for any of these conditions.
The following health conditions are not present in all Shar-Pei. This
is an introduction to health problems that may occur in this breed and
is not intended as a generalization.
If your veterinarian requires more information about the Chinese
Shar-Pei, send the name and address of your veterinarian (for overseas
orders, send $2.00 in U.S. funds for postage) to:
Jeff Vidt, DVM
210 S. Park Street
Westmont, IL 60559-1940
The Shar-Pei are 1 of 14 breeds that can have this condition. This is
where the eyelid rolls in towards the eye, rubbing against the cornea
and irritating this sensitive structure. Watery eyes, infection, even
a corneal ulcer, can occur. Surgical correction is required. Dogs with
this condition should not be bred, as a genetic component is
The thyroid glands secrete a hormone which controls the basic
metabolic rate of the entire body. Inadequate hormone levels reset the
body to function at a lower metabolic level. In that case, dogs fatten
easily on a normal diet, become sluggish, and are easily chilled. Hair
changes are most noticeable and include loss of hair from the flanks
and back, increased pigmentation of the skin, scaling and seborrhea
(an abnormality in the production of skin cells.) Secondary bacterial
infection of the skin is common. The ears may also be affected,
filling with thick, yellow greasy material which may predispose the
dog to ear infections. Blood tests will determine the level of thyroid
function and administration of thyroid hormone can treat the
Familial Shar-Pei Fever and Amyloidosis
Familial Shar-Pei fever also known as "Swollen Hock Syndrome" (SHS)
typically may include the following symptoms:
1. Swelling of the hock joint and sometimes other joints can be
2. Reluctance to move.
3. Sometimes a swollen painful muzzle.
4. Abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and shallow breathing.
"Familial Shar-Pei Fever (FSF) is an episodic fever disorder. Shar-Pei
with this disorder have one or more bouts of unexplained fever,
usually 103-107 degrees but rare cases may go higher. Fevers usually
start when they are less then 18 months old but sometimes the first
attack is not until they are adults. Fever episodes usually become
less frequent with age. Fevers last 24-36 hours in most cases without
treatment". The disorder is "thought to result from an inability to
regulate the immune system. Dogs suffering from this disorder are at
risk of dying from a related disorder, amyloidosis. Affected Shar-Pei
with amyloidosis have an inability to break down chemicals released in
the bloodstream when inflammation results from abnormal deposition of
amyloid protein throughout the body. While not all dogs with Shar-Pei
fever die of amyloidosis, when they do, death most commonly occurs
between the ages of 3 and 5 years".
The CSPCA has setup a charitable fund. A tax-deductible donation may
be made payable to:
CSPCA Charitable Fund
c/o Lee Arnold, Chairman,
P.O. Box 7007, Bedminster,
The mite, Demodex canis, starts off as small dry areas on the head,
chest, and legs of the Shar-Pei. Because the dog scratches to relieve
the intense itching, the skin becomes red and raw with a leathery look
about it. Check with your veterinarian for prescribed medication,
shampoos, and other appropriate treatment.
Severe rancid body odor which comes from raw, scaly, bloody skin.
Could be caused by hypothyroidism, yeast infections, and or food
allergies. This situation should be immediately discussed with a
veterinarian and the appropriate shampoos and medication can
effectively treat this condition.
Overbites are very common. This can occur due to the misplacement of
the incisors causing an overcrowding. Extraction at a young age can
prevent the adult canines from cutting into the hard palate.
Tight Lip Syndrome
This is where the excess flesh from the lower lip covers the teeth
making it difficult for the Shar-Pei to chew. This excess flesh also
traps food and is usually associated with an overbite.
Due to the breed standard calling for small ears, this results in the
Shar-Pei having very narrow ear canals. Attention should be taken in
cleaning the ear thoroughly with a vet prescribed ear solution. Do not
use a Q-tip to dig down in the ear canal. Use a make-up pad to gently
clean the ear and then let the dog shake.
Nose - Stenotic Nares
These dogs snore because of excess flesh. If the dog is unable to pass
air with ease, surgery to altar the folds of the nostril may be
necessary. An "elongated soft palate" is likely to be the cause of
This is a weakness is the carpal ligaments which causes instability
and bowing forward in young puppies. Decrease the protein level and
exercise on a non-slippery surface. In severe cases soft wraps will be
Is where the knee cap slips out of its socket. Any Shar-Pei with this
condition should not be bred.
A dysplastic dog has an abnormal hip joint where the femur and
acetabulum are misaligned. This can range in severity from mild
(controllable) pain to dogs in such agony they must be put down. Make
sure the parents of any puppy you consider has been cleared of Hip
Dysplasia through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.
"Megaesophagus and or diaphramatic hernias may not be detected until
the dog is much older when they will appear underweight or emaciated
with a history of vomiting. This is a developmental defect possibly a
delayed maturation of the esophageal nueromuscular system. Mild cases
in young dogs can improve with careful feeding." Feeding the dog by
elevating the food in such a way as to raise the dog's front end.
Putting food bowls on a stair or two and then allowing them some time
to digest in the same position may help.
"Mucin is the substance in the Shar-Pei skin that causes all the
wrinkling. It is clear and stringy and acts like glue in fight
wounds." Some Shar-Pei have an excess of Mucin causing it to form
clear bubbles on the skin that may rupture and ooze. May be associated
with possible allergies and can be treated by a alternate day steroid
Being one of many deep chested breeds, bloat can occur in Shar-Pei.
Can also be caused by the way you roll your dog. Although similar to
colic in horses, "bloat and torsion occur when the stomach swells with
gas and then twists and cuts off its blood supply. Without timely
surgical intervention the condition is fatal". The dog must see a
veterinarian as soon as possible.
Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Often complicated by food allergies and or Chronic stress diarrhea.
Usually responds to a strict hypoallergenic diet.
Some Shar-Pei can be susceptible to allergies caused by food, grass,
plants (indoor and outdoor), flea bite dermatitis an allergy based
condition where the dog develops an itchy rash in reaction to flea
saliva after being bitten. Try to keep the dog's living quarters and
play area as flea free as possible. Other allergies are "Inhalant
allergies" that causes the dog to lick his/her paws, scratch, and rub
its muzzle. "Eliminating the allergy's cause, using the correct type
of shampoo and administering antihistamines or cortisone are common
forms of treatment". Always consult a Shar-Pei knowledgeable
veterinarian for proper treatment and care. "In addition some breeders
believe the Shar-Pei has a weakened immune system that makes it more
susceptible e to and less able to recover from airborne viruses such
as parvo. This condition makes timely inoculation especially
"In regard to cancer, several forms have a high incidence in the
breed. At present, the CSPCA is surveying club members to determine
which are most prevalent. Once isolated, the organization's Charitable
Trust plans to fund relevant cancer research".
Food allergies may cause skin and stomach diseases. This breed should
have a well balanced, preservative free diet and one that is low in
protein, approximately "(16-21%)." Some alternatives to rawhide and
store bought treats are raw or cooked veggies when ever you are
steaming some up for yourself, nothing from the cabbage family or
onions, and most fruits such as bananas, apricots, apples, etc. are
also healthy alternatives to store bought treats. No table scraps
because we as humans tend to dress up our veggies with butter,
margarine, salt, sugar, and/ or gravy. Anything with soya or beef,
dyes, or chemical preservatives liked BHA, BHT, or Exthoxyquin should
be avoided. Instead look for foods that are preserved with vitamins A,
C, or E. A chemical-free food is often enough to make a huge
difference in a dog's health.
The Shar-Pei requires minimal maintenance. Brushing with a good
bristle brush every other day keeps its unique coat in excellent
condition. Bathing may occur occasionally using warm water and a good
shampoo recommended by a vet. Contrary to popular belief the Shar-Pei
do not need to be bathed every week. This constant bathing will make
the skin dry (increase itching) and cause the coat to look dull. By
doing this you will wash all of the dog's natural oils away. Only bath
the dog if he/ she smells with a vet recommend shampoo for general
bathing needs. The nails of a Shar-Pei grow fast so frequent clipping
is in order. Always touch your puppy's paws and the puppy all over to
get them used to grooming. Because the Shar-Pei have tiny ears
frequent cleaning is a must. Usually once every week or every two
weeks depending on the individual dog. Use cotton swabs or make-up
pads (cotton ones) with an ear solution from your vet. Do not use
Q-tips as it may push the waxy build-up further down the ear canal.
After you have cleaned the ears let them shake and then later clean
the excess. The ears, eyes, and the whole body in general should be
inspected frequently to have a happy, healthy Shar-Pei.
Puppy Buyer's Guidelines
These are just a few suggestions a new prospective owner of a Shar-Pei
puppy should be aware of and consider when looking for a new puppy:
* Puppies should at least be 8 weeks of age before going to a new
home. A puppy needs adequate time with his/ her littermates and mother
for proper socialization to begin.
* Buyers should see both parents. "Although it's normal for a Shar-Pei
to behave in a standoffish manner when in the presence of strangers,
neither the sire nor the dam ( nor puppies) should behave in a shy or
* Buyers should look for a puppy that is confident not shy, aggressive
* Health should be of the utmost importance for a new prospective
owner. No discharge from the eyes or nose, distended or potbellied
abdomen, dull coat, and no lethargic behavior.
* Check with the kennel club in your area if you are not sure about
what papers you are entitled to, but you should not be asked to pay
extra for the registration papers of your new puppy. Papers included
in the purchasing g price of your pup are a signed pedigree, copies of
the contract of sale and health guarantee, a complete health record
that includes the dates of worming and a veterinarian's certificate
proving inoculation. "The breeder also should provide written proof he
or she will take the puppy back within a limited period of time if it
is found to be ill or suffering from some defect. Dogs should be
examined by a veterinarian within 48 hours of the sale. Pet quality
dogs should be sold with a spay/ neuter contract or limited (i.e.
* The price of a pet quality Shar-Pei, and again it depends on where
you live, should be between "$300-$500" in the United States and in
Canada $600-$800. Show quality starts at $1000 and escalates from
Shar-Pei Vet List
This is a list of Shar-Pei knowledgeable vets throughout North
America, overseas and abroad, compiled by the CHIS-L list members
(Chinese Shar-Pei mailing list). It can be found at:
You can also try this web URL for the vet list maintained by the
Shar-Pei Breeders & Lovers Network.
Shar-Pei Mailing List
This is the website for eGroups. At this link you will find a list of
email groups geared to Chinese Shar-Pei fanciers.
Contact your local kennel club or the parent clubs listed below for a
list of breeders in your area.
The American Kennel Club
5580 Centerview Drive,
Raleigh, NC 27606.
Publication: American Kennel Gazette
The Canadian Kennel Club
100-89 Skyway Avenue,
Publication: Dogs in Canada
Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America
8075 Clouse Rd
New Albany, OH 43054-9716
Publication: The Barker
Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Canada
Publication: The Wrinkle Gram
Shar-Pei Club of Victoria Inc.
P.O. Box 392
Victoria, Australia, 3128
National Shar-Pei Club of Russia
Shar-Pei Club of Great Britain
449 Chester Road North,
Publication: The Wrinkle
The Shar-Pei Club of Sweden
504 75 BORÅS
The Shar-Pei Club of France
German Shar-Pei Club
Alberta Shar-Pei Association
25 Valley Cres.
Lacombe, AB T4L1R9
Please visit the CSPCC Official Rescue Web Site at
http://www.geocities.com/ Pet sburgh/8304/
Please visit the CSPCA Official Website at
Rescue throughout the United States
Companion Animal Rescue Effort
Sara Rogers, San Jose, CA
Shar-Pei Rescue of Nashville, Tennesse
Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue
Redmond WA 98073
Dominion Shar-Pei Rescue Club,
Virginia Beach, VA
SE. Michigan, USA
Amy Cox (313) 697-1137
Lancaster, PA., USA
Deb Sylvia, (717) 898-8049
Dawn Hertzog, (717) 397-6362
Northern Virginia, USA
Sharyl Mayhew (703) 754-0158 (leave message)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
"RASP", Rescue A Shar-Pei
Deborah J. Cooper, (708) 848-2226
The Mid-Atlantic Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Operation
Rescue for abused and abandoned Shar-Pei.
Joyce Hanes for more information at:
Phone (301) 881-1221.
Mrs. Barbara Sellers at (703) 221-5327
You can also send email to: email@example.com
Other rescue links:
For a rescue closer to you contact the Shar-Pei club in your area or
your local kennel club.
* Chinese Shar-Pei, The - Debo.
* Chinese Shar-Pei, World of The - Nicholas.
* Shar-Pei, Book of The - Brearley.
* Chinese Shar-Pei, Understanding The - Redditt.
* Chinese Shar-Pei, An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet -
* Puppy Book, The Chinese Shar-Pei - Redditt.
References used for this FAQ include:
Nicholas, Anna Katherine. Chinese Shar-Pei. New Jersey: T.F.H.
Paulus, Elly. "China Dog." Dog Fancy. Jan. 1995: 44-45.
Pflaumer, Sharon. "China's Wrinkled Wonder." Dog World. Mar. 1998:
Weathers Debo, Ellen. The Chinese Shar-Pei. New Jersey: T.F.H.
Tintle, Linda DR. DVM. "Familial Shar-Pei Fever, Swollen Hock
Syndrome and Familial Amyloidosis of Chinese Shar-Pei Dogs: a
recently described syndrome of dysregulation." The Barker.
Tintle, Linda DR. DVM. "Chinese Shar-Pei a Guide for The
Veterinarian ." March. 1994
American Kennel Club Inc. The Complete Dog Book. 18th ed. New
York: Howell, 1992.
Chinese Shar-Pei FAQ
Heidi Merkli, firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you hugged your Shar-Pei today?