Chinese Shar Pei
The Chinese Shar Pei are alert, happy, calm, confident dog and extremely devoted to their family, but aloof with people they don't know. They were originally developed in southern China, where they were bred to hunt and guard property. The name translates to "sand skin," referring to his distinct, bristle-like coat. But that's not the only thing unusual about the Chinese Shar-Pei. They are quiet, confident, and stand with their wrinkled coats and body.
Common Health Conditions
- His relatively small eyes surrounded by loose, wrinkly skin makes the Shar Pei prone to entropion - inward rolling of the eyelids, which causes irritation, pain, discomfort.
- Brachycephalic airway obstructive syndrome caused by skull shape, results in breathing difficulties.
- The Shar Pei’s wrinkles have been found to be linked to Shar Pei fever- an autoimmune condition in which a recurring fever is accompanied by aching and swollen joints.