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Originally bred in Northern China, the Shar Pei is in the non-sporting group and is as unique in appearance as he is in personality. Weight will average 30-65lbs and average height is 18-20 inches tall at the shoulders. The average lifespan of this breed 7-12 years. Cat like in personality, the Shar Pei is quiet, fastidious, and aloof.
The Shar Pei is a medium sized breed that has two coat options, short coat and plush coat, the latter of which is slightly fluffier in appearance. As puppies the breed is best known for oodles of wrinkles that cover much of his body but as he matures the wrinkles typically disappear, with only a few remaining on most specimens, mainly on the face and back. The Shar Pei is also known as one of only two breeds to have a blue/black tongue as a standard for the breed, the other being the Chow Chow. The Shar Pei is a clean and quiet breed, preferring to save his voice for only emergency alerts of something amiss in his territory. Much like a cat, the Shar Pei is extremely loyal and sweet to his preferred people and accepts affection on his own terms. The breed is not a clingy or emotionally demanding breed. The Shar Pei does have a stubborn streak and is normally reserved and wary of strangers.
Both coat varieties offer minimal to moderate shedding and the coat is very easy to maintain with simple brushing sessions and the occasional bath. Any skin wrinkles or folds do however require regular cleaning and care to prevent skin infections from developing. Coloring in the breed is exquisite, varying in shades of red, fawn, chocolate, cream, blue, lilac, and black.
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