Powered by Cabanova
Shar-pei Info
About The Breed. The Shar-pei is believed to have originated in Southern China and has been traced the Han dynasty (206 BC AD220). It was originally used to hunt wild boar, protect livestock and guard the homes of its owners. For centuries the Shar-Pei was particularly prized for its intelligence, if this trait was not evident the dog was slaughtered and eaten. In 1947 the taxes where so high (a bit like now) that few people could afford to keep a pet and the Chinese government ordered for dogs to be destroyed. Fanciers in Hong Kong are credited with saving the breed. It is believed that the Chow Chow has played a big part in the Shar-Pei, both breeds sharing a blue tongue. The Tibetan Mastiff has also played their part in the Shar-Pei as well. The Pyrenean mountain dog could also have some part to play as they where born with double dew claws like the Shar-Pei. A close ancestor of the Shar-Pei is the Dah-let fighting dog. Its claws where big and powerful and its stiff coarse coat was uncomfortable to hold onto making other dogs let go. ********** All breeds have potential problems, here are a few associated with the Shar-Pei. EYE TACKING & ENTROPION This is where the eyes roll in on itself rubbing the cornea and irritating the dogs eyes. If left untreated the scarring caused by the rubbing on the cornea can cause the dog to go blind.A simple eye tack can sort this out. Do not have a puppy operated on for entropion until it has finished growing as you can cause more harm than good. Try to use a Shar-Pei friendly vet who knows what they are doing. EAR INFECTIONS Due to the Shar-Pei have small ears this makes the ear canal very narrow and sometimes causes infections. Routine cleaning is advised, but never poke things down your dogs ears. A simple ear solution either from your vet or pet store will be fine.Signs of sore ears are shaking the head, scratching, hot to touch, redness and sometimes a smell and discharge. At this point you must take your dog to see the vet as tablets will be needed to treat this. MANGE A common skin complaint. It is caused by a mite that grows on the skin and irritates the dog and makes him scratch and become sore and moth eaten. Use a prescribed shampoo from your vet. LUXATING PATELLAR This is were the knee cap slips out and causes the dog to limp. This condition can be put right by having an operation, but the dog should not be bred from this as there is chance that this is hereditary. SHAR-PEI BLOAT This can kill your dog within half an hour. It is common in deep chested breeds.Their stomach swells from the gases that are in there and then it twists on itself and cuts of the blood supply.Signs that your dog has this are he may look distressed and will probably have his back arched in the air. The stomach will be hard to touch. You must get him to the vets as soon as possible. Feeding your dog 2 3 times a day instead of one large meal will help this condition, also limit food and water post exercise. Feeding dishes should be elevated to stop the dog from bending. FAMILIAR SHAR-PEI FEVER Any dog showing signs of this ailment should not be bred from.The dog will appear unwell, have a high temperature and not want to move. Swelling of the hock joints and painful swollen muzzle, there may be vomiting and diarrhoea all this usually starts in dogs less than 24 months old but it can happen any time. The fever can last up to 36 hours. Keep the dog in a quiet place and give something to bring the temperature down, an aspirin every 8 hours usually helps. Amyloid is a stress protein which is normally excreted in urine, however in some Shar-Pei’s it builds up in the space around the kidney cells and eventually chokes them to death. This condition is similar to the one in humans called Familial Mediterranean Fever. A low protein diet is advised to try to eradicate this problem.
- Homepage
- Shar-pei info
- Shar pei Breed Standard
- Males
Banner COM