Non-sporting Breeds

Shar Pei

Shar Pei
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 18-20 in (46-51cm)
Weight: 40-55 lb (18-25kg)
Coat: Short, straight, and bristly; no undercoat
Color: Solid colors only: black, red, light or dark fawn, or cream

There are likenesses of the Shar-Pei or Chinese Fighting Dog dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), and it has been suggested that this loose-skinned breed may have originated in Tibet or China's Northern Province some 2,000 years ago. The Shar-Pei was used to herd flocks and hunt wild boar in China, and was also matched against other dogs in trials of strength, although its nature is so affable that it may have had to be provoked to do so with the aid of drugs. It is not long since the Shar-Pei had the distinction of being the rarest dog in the world, but now it is drawing good entries in the show ring. A very affectionate dog with a frowning expression, the Shar-Pei is calm, independent, and devoted. Its coat is never trimmed, and it needs a reasonable amount of exercise.
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