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BSK Breed Index: The Chinese Shar-pei

Life Span: Up to 10 years

Height: 18-20 inches

Weight: 40-55 pounds

Litter Size: About 5

Temperament: Brave

Intelligence: High

Classification: Non-Sporting

BSK Status: Extinct


History of The Chinese Shar-pei

The Shar-Pei's ancestory is uncertain, though art suggests they could date back as far as 206 BC. They were used by the Chinese for farming, guarding, herding, and hunting. They also had advantages in dog fights, for their loose, prickly skin was hard to grasp onto. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1992.

Chinese Shar-pei Fun Facts

  • Shar-Pei means "Sandy Coat".
  • The Shar-Pei is sensitive to warm weather due to their wrinkles holding in heat.
  • The Shar-Pei doesn't have an undercoat.

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