It was time to talk about the curiosities of the shar pei. This is one of the most curious and physically attractive dogs; because of his wrinkled body, and for that reason. It is practically irresistible to want to hug him and have a pet one.
But as in the case of all breeds, acquiring a dog should not be a whim; you have to take into account the needs of the breed and the responsibility that comes with acquiring one or the other. For that reason, we present some curiosities of the shar pei.
Origin of shar pei.
This dog has its origins in southern China; this dog is considered one of the oldest breeds in existence; since they have been in this world for more than three thousand years. It is believed that this breed arose as a result of the cross between Tibetan mastiff dogs and chow chow dogs.
Formerly the shar pei were used by peasants to take care of the flock, as hunting dogs, and even performed the task of guard dog.
However, the shar pei has undergone a great evolution over time and is currently considered an ideal companion dog due to its beauty and unconditional fidelity; in addition to having a calm and balanced character,
Another of the curiosities of the shar pei; is a dog that you can easily recognize due to the folds of skin that form throughout its body; and because he has a pucker. It has a medium, square complexion and with little distance between the front and back legs.
As its name suggests, shar pei means ‘sand skin’, referring to its short, scratchy fur; which is rough to the touch. Their color can vary between gray, white and brown, and even some dogs can have a bluish hue. This is a very striking feature since their tongue is also usually dark blue. Usually, this dog usually measures between 48 and 58 cm and weighs between 18 and 29 kg. It is important that you know that there are two different types of shar pei; which will be described below.
- American Shar pei. It is a slightly smaller and more robust dog, with less marked wrinkles, wider muzzle and longer hair.
- Chinese or traditional Shar pei. It is usually thinner and taller, with a thinner muzzle. Which makes it a more agile dog. Unlike the American shar pei dog, its head is not as robust, which gives it a more elegant and delicate appearance.
Character of the Char pei.
This dog is usually of serene and balanced temperament. The shar pei tends to be an independent dog and of a single master. This does not mean that he can only live with a single person, but that he considers an individual as a leader and it will be to this one that they obey the most.
The dog of this breed that has had a socialization since puppy becomes a pet given to its family. He is loyal, playful and relatively active. The shar pei can also be stubborn and territorial if not trained correctly from puppyhood.
He is distrustful by nature, he usually gives problems when mixing with other animals with whom he will try to make it clear that it is he who is above the rest. When it comes to learning, the shar pei is very intelligent, although sometimes it can be stubborn, so you will need an extra dose of patience.
Care of shar pei
If you want to have a shar pei as a pet, it is very important that you know how to stimulate it and play with it as a puppy. It is during this stage when they become more naughty, so it is necessary that they channel the tendency to bite objects into biters or toys, especially made of wood. However, with the passage of time it becomes a calm and very sedentary dog, so it is necessary to maintain a good routine of physical activity.
Food is also a key factor as it is a breed that has a certain tendency to gain weight and can be harmful to health. Its characteristic skin makes it prone to infections, especially from puppies. For that reason, it is very important to maintain a routine cleaning to remove moisture between folds and folds. Being a dog with delicate health, it tends to suffer from eye conditions; such as the so-called estropion, in which the edges of the patches fold inwards of the eye, and can suffer from ear problems.
We already gave you several curiosities that you must take into account if you want to have a shar pei at home. But it is best to go with some experts in the field, for example: with specialized breeders or with the veterinarian you trust.
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