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Shar Pei

Active, dignified and brave  (other names: Chinese Shar-Pei, Chinese Fighting Dog)

Shar Pei
origin:China
life expectancy:11-12 years
classification:Non sporting
height:46 to 51 cm
weight:18 to 25 kg
exercise: Mediumtraining: Reasonableclimate: Temperategrooming: Needs groomingfeeding: Mediumsize: Medium
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History [ edit ]

The Chinese Shar Pei is one of the most ancient dog breeds, which is confirmed by recent DNA analysis. Pottery and statues found in the southern provinces of China and dating back to the Han dynasty (200 B.C.) depicted a dog similar to the Shai Pei and there are also some Chinese ancien manuscripts with references to "wrinkled dogs" . Its distinctive characteristics are deep wrinkles, a blue-black tongue that is  shared only with the Chow-Chow, and an extremely rough and short coat  that make the breed unique in the canine world. The name Shar Pei, which means " Sand Skin " or "sandpaper-like skin", derives from the texture of its coat and not from the colour. The Shar Pei breed comes from the Guangzhou province of China where it was well-known as an guard dog but its ancestry is uncertain. The purple ton