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Breed: Shar-Pei
Country of Origin: China
AKC Group: Non-sporting
Function: Hunting
Life Span: Up to 10 years
Appearance: Wrinkly
Color: All solid colors and sables
Coat Type: Short
Grooming: The Shar-Pei should be brushed regularly. Their coat is never trimmed. The "bush" coat sheds a little year round, but the "horse" coat tends to shed only during molting periods. Molting may leave the dog looking unkempt. Bathing about once a week and brushing the coat daily during this period will remove the old dead hair and allow the new coat to grow in. Some owners are allergic to the harsh coat.
Height: 18-20 inches
Weight: 40-55 pounds
Activity Level: Medium-high
Watch Dog: Yes
Protection: No
Intelligence: High
Trainability: High
Good With Children: Yes
Good With Pets: Yes
Good With Strangers: Yes
Character: Loving
Home Environment: Fenced yard
Best Owner: Lively
Potential Problems:  
Physical: Fevers of unknown origin or swollen hocks syndrome may be the early stages of amolydosis (kidney failure. Some Shar-Pei have skin problems, but it is not because the dog has wrinkles, but rather a hereditary condition. Due to over popularity in the 1980's, some Shar-Pei do have hereditary skin problems. However if you buy from a reputable breeder, this conditions will not be a problem. Be sure to find a breeder who strives for healthy dogs.