Breed description Shar-pei
The name Shar-Pei means “sand-skin” and reflects on the special kind of skin of this race. The Shar-Pei has a strong and tough skin, while its coat is short and stubby. In its puppy-stage the skin has tight creases on the body which later-on disappear.
Then only the creases on the head and shoulders remain. In general they’re very gentle and friendly animals. Therefore the Shar-Pei enjoys an increasing interest. It’s an intelligent race and very loyal to its owner. It’s movement is free, harmonious and powerful.
The Shar-Pei is a symmetrically built, compact and gentle dog. Excess skin on the body of an adult dog is very unwanted. The chest is wide and deep, while the back is short, straight and very strong. A horizontal backline. On the soulders exists a light ripple of the skin. The legs are powerful and muscular. The shoulders are placed in a tilted position and the front-legs are of an average length. The backside is strong and muscular with average curves. The neck is powerful and also muscular with some slightly loose neck skin. The loose skin can not be too strong. Colour: All single colours are allowed with the exception of white.
Head and skull
The skull is round and large at the base, but flat and wide on the forehead. The creases on its forehead must be very clear without hindering the eyes. Average length snout, wide from the eyes and slightly narrowing towards the nose. Big, wide nose, preferably black, but a lighter colour is allowed with lighter coloured dogs. Preferably a black-blue tongue. Powerful jaws. Average sized eyes, almond-shaped and dark of colour. Surrounding skin or creases may not hinder the eyes. Little fat ears in the shape of a perfect triangle, slightly rounded at the tips. The tips of the ears are pointed towards the eyes and folded flat on the skull. The ears are widely apart.
Placed highly on the back and worn preferably in a full or semi circle pointed to one side. The tail is thick and round at the base and follows outwards into a tip. Paws: Average size, compact and firm. Toes well separated from each other. Coat: Short, hard, stubby and as straight as possible. No undercoat. Length may not exceed the length of 0,98 in. The coat can never be cut. Its fur is a rareness, it has a very unusual structure and no undercoat. Its hair must be very short and feel stubby and hard. This kind of coat is known as a horsecoat (app. 0,80 in.) and can cause irritations because of its prickly feel. Also allowed is the slightly longer and softer brushcoat. But remember: not longer than 0,98 inches.
Shapes of the mouth
There are two kinds of shapes: the so called bonemouth and the more fuller meatmouth.
Male and female: 17 – 20 inches from the shoulder. Weight: 39,5 – 65 pounds.
Character and nature of the Shar-Pei
- Good watchdog
- Gentle to children
Its dependability for “its family”, its remarkable intelligence and child friendliness make the Shar-Pei a very likeable pet. Because of their clean attitude they can easily be housebroken at a very young age. Their personality and proud attitude make them, with their innate watchdog instinct, a good defender of your home. Towards strangers they act hesitant. Other pets: Most Shar-Pei’s share their home with other pets. But remember that no dog is alike or raised in the proper manner.
The many ripples of a Shar-Pei pup has the most appealing effect on people. While growing up they grow into their skin, so many of those ripples disappear. What doesn’t disappear is their exquisite nature which makes up for the lack of ripples.