The Chinese Shar-Pei is an ancient breed that originated in the southern provinces of China and served as a guardian of family and property, a herder, and a hunter. The dog population of China was virtually eliminated in the mid-1900's. Limited Shar-Pei breeding continued in Hong Kong and Taiwan and the Hong Kong Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1968. A Hong Kong breeder, Matgo Law, appealed to U.S. breeders to help save the breed and a limited number of dogs were imported. Today the Shar-Pei is a family companion, guardian, and watchdog.

The Shar-Pei is covered with loose folds of skin which gives the dog a wrinkled appearance, especially as a pup. It may have a shorter "horse" coat or longer "brush" coat. The breed ranges from 18-20" tall and weighs 35-55 pounds. It is easy-going, loyal, and affectionate, especially friendly with children, and wary of strangers.

Official recognition: FCI Group 2, AKC Group 6 - Non-Sporting Dogs, CKC Group 6 - Non-Sporting Dogs, KC Non-Sporting - Utility Group, ANKC Group 7 - Non Sporting.

Subcategories 4

Chinese Shar-Pei - AKC
American Kennel Club breed standard.
Chinese Shar-Pei Dominion
Advice, guides, links to clubs and organizations, breeders list, health and fitness tips, and rescue contacts.
Shar Pei Forums
Forums, photographs, articles and guides related to the breed, and links to Shar Pei rescues.
Shar-Pei Message Boards and Discussion Forums
Resource for breed enthusiasts to get help and information from other owners, and post dog poems, stories and pictures.

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November 23, 2016 at 14:24:06 UTC
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