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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Chinese Shar-Pei

The Chinese Shar-Pei (sometimes written Chinese Sharpei) is certainly a unique-looking dog. The Chinese Shar-Pei dog breed's most extraordinary feature is deep wrinkles. Sharpeis also have short, stubby, legs, and a wide "hippo face."

The Chinese Shar-Pei's Behavior

The Chinese Shar Pei breed is often considered independent, and may seem aloof with strangers. Shar-Peis often seem dedicated to their families. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before bringing them into your home.

Chinese Shar-Pei Physical Characteristics

Here are the characteristics of the Chinese Shar-Pei breed as determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

* Size: 18-20 inches and 45-60 pounds
* Coat: extremely harsh coat of absolutely straight hairs
* Color: Only solid colors and sable.
* Eyes: Dark, small, almond-shaped and sunken
* Ears: extremely small, thick, triangular, rounded at the tips.
* Skull: flat and broad
* Muzzle: broad, "hippopotamus"-shape
* Nose: large, wide and darkly pigmented.
* Tail: high-set

The Chinese Shar-Pei's Origins and History

Country/Region of Origin: China

Original purpose: all-purpose utility dog of poorer farmers. (source: Wikipedia)

Name: The name sha pi means "sand skin." The breed is also known as the "Chinese Fighting Dog," according to Wikipedia.

Historical notes: The Chinese Shar-Pei breed was well-known as a fighting dog and guard dog. The Chinese Shar-Pei breed originally comes from the Guangzhou province of China. At one time it was named "the rarest dog in the world" by the Guinness Book of World Records.

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