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Shar Pei Mixed Breeds From The Chinese Shar Pei

Sep 4, 2008
There are many cross breeds with the Shar Pei and the Ori Pei is one of the most common. The breed was created in North America in the 1970's. A breeder called Aaron Silver was a fan of the Chinese Shar Pei breed. But the dog was associated with innumerable health problems like eye tacking, skin problems and hip dysphasia. In order to have a smaller version of the Shar Pei without all the health problems the breeder used the Shar Pei and the Pug to create the Ori Pei.

So Aaron Silver decided to cross breed the Shar Pei with the Pug so that one could not only have a smaller version of the original dog, but also do away with the inherent health problems. This is how the Ori Pei came into existence. The Ori Pei pups are popular family pets and are really small in size. They look very similar to the Shar Pei pups in every way.

The Shar Pei mix with the Pug is called the Ori Pei. An American named Aaron Silver decided to cross breed his favorite Chinese Shar Pei with a Pug. The Shar Pei often suffered from eye tacking, skin problems and hip dysphasia. When it was cross bred with a Pug, its inherent health problems diminished and the Ori Pei was a still smaller version than the Shar Pei. The FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale) has recognized it as a Shar Pei mixed breed. It is a lovable and loyal dog and is popular with children, especially because of its small size.

The Shar Pei mix could actually be a mix with other dogs like the Black Labrador or another Shepherd Mix. Generally the features of the Shar Pei are overpowering and Shar Pei mixed breeds have more of the Shar Pei look with their extra skin and wrinkles. Shar Pei is also crossed with the Staffordshire bull terrier. The hybrid dog is generally shy, but also very loving and gentle, once he gets to know you.

For the Shar Pei there is a very small gene pool, and so the breed itself is becoming a problem in structure and temperament. Only with a larger gene pool it is possible to breed a healthy population of dogs. Then it is possible to have a larger scope of genetic variation. Gene frequencies can be conserved and there is competition of the genes.

When you buy a Shar Pei mix, make sure that you go to a responsible and reliable dog breeder. A good breeder has the knowledge to select two breeds in order to cross breed. His aim is hybrid vigor. When he crossbreeds he looks at the genetic diversity of the parent dogs. If there are health problems in one of the dogs or in both the dogs, they can be bred out. He will also ensure that the breeding makes the next generation of dogs better, healthier, more intelligent and live longer.

Only a knowledgeable breeder who does the right selection of the breeds should undertake the breeding of any two purebreds. Since his aim is hybrid vigor he pairs the two breeds together to add genetic diversity, so that if one or other of the breeds suffers from some inherent diseases, they can be bred out. Normally a cross breed like the Shar Pei mix has a long and healthy life.

But you should choose the breeder of your Shar Pei mix with care, because he should be responsible and reputable and should be in a position to breed designer puppies that are intelligent and healthy. The kennel clubs lays down strict breeding rules. They do encourage cross breeding, but it should be a regularized one, so that the breed can be registered with them.
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About the author: Melissa Coleman is a passionate lover of the Shar Pei and has a popular website that can teach you how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Shar Pei . Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Shar Pei Mixed Breeds plus a whole lot more.
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