Country of origin: China Growth: 46 – 51 cm Weight: 18 – 25 kg Content in the apartment: suitable, but needs enough physical exertion Lifespan: up to 10 years Fits good: for experienced owners
The Chinese Shar-Pei can be described as a very intelligent, independent dog with dignity. They may be surly with strangers, but loyal to their family. Despite its disgruntled and gloomy expression of the muzzle, Shar Pei are very sociable dogs.
Shar Pei is considered to be good family dogs, however they can be aggressive towards other dogs and are not always sufficiently patient with children, which can correct early socialization and reduce their aggression to a minimum. Shar Pei devoted to his master and family members.
Shar Pei are extremely dominant and independent, they prefer to be kings or queens in the house, so it is important that they know who is the boss. If the Shar Pei master is unsure of himself, too soft or afraid of his dog, Shar Pei will quickly take over the function of the leader and become dominant.
There is an opinion that Shar Pei dogs are better suited for experienced owners. They also will not obey family members who are not considered more important than themselves. For this reason, it is important for all family members to establish a leadership position in relations with Sharpei at the beginning of his life.
Most often, Sharpey has the following diseases:
Entropion. Inversion of the century, causing irritation of the cornea. May cause blindness if not treated properly.
Glaucoma. A disease that can lead to blindness.
Demodecosis. Parasitic skin disease caused by ticks. Partial hair loss and skin tooth are common symptoms.
Food allergies. Allergic skin reaction to food.
Pyoderma deep skin infection.
Atopy. Allergic reaction to environmental components.
Hypothyroidism. Thyroid disease.
Primary seborrhea. Excess sebum on the skin, peeling of the skin and unpleasant odor.
Otitis. Ear infections.
Fever Sharpey. Not enough studied syndrome, is inherited and can lead to renal failure.
Mastocytoma. Tumors on the skin or internal organs.
Not often, but the following diseases are also possible in dogs of this breed:
Bloating. It is a life threatening condition for the dog.
Hip dysplasia. A disease that causes severe pain, lameness, and arthritis.
Congenital idiopathic megaesophagus. Significant increase in the size of the esophagus.
Also sharpei are subject to: elbow dysplasia, amyloidosis of the kidneys and prolapse of the lacrimal gland of the third century.
Shar Pei is a breed of dog that needs minimal care. All you need to do is regularly combing sharpei to remove dead wool. The only thing that should be given special attention is the ears of Shar Pei. It is important to never wash Sharpey head. Water entering the ears of Shar-Pei causes serious problems, which is not observed in other dog breeds. These dogs have very thin auditory canals and, if water is ingested, serious ear infection can develop.
Bathe Shar Pei should be about once a month. In the bath may be useful rubber brush in order to get rid of loose wool. It is better to use special shampoos for dogs, because human shampoos and liquid soap can cause skin irritation. This is extremely important for dogs of this breed, because skin irritation and skin diseases are common in Shar-Pei. Rinse the sharpei folds off the shampoo.
Drying after a bath is also important for this breed. It is important to dry the skin between the folds of Shar Pei, it can be done with a hair dryer. You can also use baby powder or special powder for dogs in order to remove excess moisture from their folds and avoid irritation.
Shar-Pei need considerable physical exertion. Long walks and a lot of traffic on the street will make Shar Pei quieter at home. Sharpei head is very sensitive to overheating, so in very hot weather it is better to limit the active stay of Shar Pei on the street. Despite the fact that Shar Pei better tolerate cold than heat, a temperate climate is ideal for this breed.
Shar Pei training should begin at an early age. Since shar pei are prone to aggression towards other dogs, it is important to give them the opportunity to spend a lot of time with other animals from an early age. They are usually playful and get along well with children, but again, subject to good socialization among children in puppyhood.
However, Shar Pei are sometimes very stubborn and independent, which makes their learning not very easy.
Shar Pei do not like water and will avoid washing, so it is better to teach Sharpei to this procedure from an early age.
When buying a Shar Pei, pay attention to the breed line. In the 1980s, there was an overproduction of sharpei, therefore, the personality and health of the Shar-Pei will depend on the genetics of the dog. If you carefully study the Sharpei pedigree, it is usually possible to determine whether a given dog will be aggressive towards other dogs or not.
It should be borne in mind that each dog is individual. This description is typical for the breed as a whole and does not always completely coincide with the characteristics of a particular dog of this breed!
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