meet theChinese Shar-Pei

Just a quick look at this compact, powerful dog raises the question, How many odd physical characteristics can one breed have? Consider the Shar-Pei, from head to tail: the broad “hippopotamus” muzzle; the blue-black tongue; the small, sunken eyes with their scowling expression; the tiny triangular ears; the abundant folds of loose skin about the head, neck, and shoulders; the high-set, tapered tail—all blanketed by a uniquely harsh, sandpapery coat.

theHistory

Training &Temperament

An obedient dog is a happy dog. Train your Shar-Pei at an early age. They are very bright and learn quickly. Many specialty and all-breed clubs offer obedience training. Perhaps your local Shar-Pei Club can help in locating training classes in your area. An intelligent and often stubborn breed, Shar-Pei ownership needs careful consideration. They are bright and learn quickly, but early training and socialization are important, as is daily exercise.

  • Children

    Yes

    83% agree

  • Other Pets

    Yes

    83%agree

  • Training

    Yes

    94% agree

  • Time Alone

    Yes

    57% agree

Did You Know?

The Chinese Shar-Pei is AKC's 134th breed.

The Chinese Shar-Pei is thought to have originated in the area around the small village of Tai Li in Kwantung province, and has existed for centuries in the southern provinces of China, apparently since the Han dynasty (200 BC).

Statues bearing a strong resemblance to the Shar-Pei have been discovered dating to ancient times, and Chinese manuscripts with references to "wrinkled dogs" exist.

The name "Shar-Pei" means "sand-skin", but translates more loosely as "rough, sandy coat" or "sandpaper-like coat" and refers to two distinctive qualities of the Shar-Pei coat.

The Shar-Pei, like the Chow-Chow, has a blue-black tongue; these are the only two breeds featuring this characteristic.

The Shar-Pei won full AKC recognition in 1991, but it has been in the US since the 1960's.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.

Colors

Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Apricot Dilute 473
Black 007
Black Sable 480
Blue 037
Blue Dilute 474
Brown 061
Chocolate Dilute 477
Cream 076
Cream Dilute 476
Cream Sable 348
Fawn 082
Fawn Sable 338
Five Point Red Dilute 478
Isabella Dilute 479
Lilac Dilute 475
Red 140
Red Fawn 150
Red Sable 155
Blue Sable 481
Brown Sable 482
White 199

Markings

Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Brindle 051
Mask 128
Pointed 130
Sable 026
Saddle Pattern 131
Spotted On White 071
White Markings 014
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