Original Name : Shar Pei
Type : Molossoid
Other Names : Shar, Pei
Male size : 17½-20 inches
Female size : 17½-20 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : China
Chinese Shar-Peis are calm, independent, loyal and affectionate to their family.
Large in proportion to the body. Wrinkles on forehead and cheeks continue to form a dewlap.
In adults, folds of skin on the body are highly undesirable, save on the withers and the base of the tail, where there is moderate wrinkling.
All solid colors are acceptable, save white.
Very small, rather thick, in the shape of an equilateral triangle, slightly rounded at the tip.
Thick and round at the root, tapering to a fine tip.
Distinctive feature. Short, harsh and bristly.
This Chinese breed has existed for centuries in the provinces skirting the South China Sea. It most likely comes from Dah Let in Huangdong province.Chinese Shar-Peis are short-coupled, medium-sized dogs with a lot of get up and go. With wrinkles on the skull, folds of skin on the withers, small ears and a muzzle reminiscent of a hippo’s, this is one original-looking breed. Males are bigger and more powerful than females.The height at the withers is approximately equal to the length of the body from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttocks, especially in males. The distance from nose to stop is equal to the distance from stop to occiput.
Those that supervise breeding wish to avoid derivatives, which is why any deliberate physical modifications, especially to lips or eyelids, eliminate a Shar-Pei from competition.