Shar Pei dog breed advice
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Shar Pei dog breed advice

September 4, 2019


They’re a lovely breed. They’re intelligent.
They’re really loving and loyal. They’ve got cheeky characters sometimes. Basically, once
you’ve got one you become addicted and most people end up with two – or five like I’ve
got. Shar Peis have increased in popularity over recent years, and it’s been a little
bit to the detriment of the breed. Their highly wrinkled appearance makes them popular with
some people, simply just for their appearance. And yet, really the breed shouldn’t have a
lot of wrinkles. It has a loose fitting skin, but the more wrinkled it is the more care
it’s going to require because they can get infections inside those wrinkles. We don’t
breed for over-exaggerated wrinkles. They should only have moderate wrinkling over the
shoulders. As a puppy they will have more wrinkles and they will grow into those wrinkles
– but you shouln’t be looking at a puppy that’s absolutely dripping in wrinkles, because that
is not what they should be bred for. Shar Pei have got a reputation of being quite difficult
to train. I think that’s because they’ve got that aloof personality. Having said that,
I’ve had a fair few through my training classes and they have been absolutely delightful to
train. They’ve got to see why you want them to do it. You’ve got to try and find out what
makes them tick a little bit. They’re really clever dogs and as a youngster, you really
need to give them their boundaries at a young age. So if you don’t want them on the settee,
don’t put them on the settee at a young age because they pick things up really quickly
– so we all have to train them at an ealy age. So as long as they’re really well socialised,
they’re good with children, good with people and good with other dogs. It’s going to be
a very powerful dog. It’s not an enormous dog, but it’s a powerful dog as an adult.
You need to think about getting lots of early socialisation, teaching it about life – taking
it out and about – doing all that in a very positive manner so it has a good experience
of the life it’s going to lead. When you’ve got a powerful dog you really need to do more
than the rest of us – with a smaller dog – so you can control that power when you’re out
in public. When they’re puppies, you don’t need to over-exercise them. They grow quite
rapidly, so you have to be careful with the exercise. Just moderate exercise – buidling
up and then once they get to adult size, and hour a day would be perfect. They’re quite
laid back dogs. They’re very loyal to your family. They have got a guarding instinct
– so obiously you don’t need to bring that guarding instinct out, it’s there. They’ll
fuss people and then go away because they want their own space. Generally they should
be happy, healthy, fun-loving dogs. There’s two types of coat – there’s a horse coat and
a brush coat. The horse coat is a more harsher coat – and these are brush coats. Bascially
it’s like a once over groom, once a week. You don’t need any clipping. They’re a wash
and go dog. And then twice a year, they moult and they go from their summer coat to the
winter coat, or the winter to the summer, and then they do need a really good brush
out. We use a grooming rakeand get all the dead hair out. All that old coat out. Give
them a good bath, shampoo and then your new coat’s all in. So twice a year you do have
quite a heavy moult with them. Make sure you go to a breeder who really understands the
breed, who knows what they’re doing, and gives you good advice. The last thing you want to
do is buy a dog that’s going to give you health problems in the coming years. When looking
for a puppy, you should make sure the puppy has got clean eyes, clean ears, it’s got good
skin – it’s not itching or scratching – it’s got a nice coat on it and it’s not dripping
in wrinkles. And therefore it should be a happy healthy puppy. If you buy carefully,
they can make an ideal famly pet. They’re a little bit reserved with strangers, so perhaps
wouldn’t like one if you have a lot of strangers coming to the house. Nevertheless, in the
right hands and the righ environment, they can make an ideal family pet. par
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  1. I have a Shar pei puppy he is now about 5 months old hes not the wrinkliest of dhar pei a lot of people come up to me and one of the first things they ask is he a mix breed just because he doesn't have a tone of wrinkles. He is with out a doubt purebred. Im kinda glad now he isn't full of wrinkles its a lot less I have to worry about i was lucky enough he didn't even need to have his eyes tacked. Im thinking now i know why he was the last of the litter to choose from

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