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Chinese Shar-Pei Puppy And Dog Information

Aug 17, 2007
The Chinese Shar-Pei is a great family dog that has an expensive, exotic look. She is loving toward the family yet she makes a great watchdog and guard dog. She was originally bred to fight so she may fight other dogs. Take care to have her under control when walking her.

*Good With Children? They are good with older children, especially if they have been socialized at an early age. As a reminder, never leave a young child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.

*Good With Other Pets? They can tend to fight. Some are good with other animals if they are socialized with them early on.

*Trainability: They are highly intelligent but may be manipulative. They really require an experienced owner.

*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Chinese Powder Puff is 18 to 20 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 35 to 45 pounds.

*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Chinese Shar-Pei is no exception. Be on the look out for skin problems, fevers, and amolydosis (kidney failure). This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

*Grooming. The Chinese Shar-Pei has a short, harsh coat with plenty of loose skin on the head and body. You should check folds of skin regularly to insure that there is no irritation. Brush daily if possible to help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.

*Life Span. The Chinese Shar-Pei can live between 7 and 12 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

* Chinese Shar-Pei History. They are an ancient breed from China dating back to 200 BC. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1991.

Some Registries:
*The Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America, Inc
*UKC United Kennel Club
*NKC National Kennel Club
*CKC Continental Kennel Club
*APRI Americas Pet Registry Inc.
*AKC American Kennel Club
*FCI Federation Cynologique Internationale
*NZKC New Zealand Kennel Club
*KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
*ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
*ACR = American Canine Registry

Litter Size: 4 to 6 Chinese Shar-Pei puppies:

Terms To Describe: aloof, independent, alert, compact, regal, intelligent, scowling, standoffish, snobby, confident, calm

*SPECIAL GOOD POINTS
Good watch dog.
Good Guard dog.
Very clean dog.
Very easy to housebreak.

*SPECIAL BAD POINTS
May be aggressive to other dogs.
Needs early firm training.
Very sensitive to over heating.
Keep on a lease when in public to avoid fights with other dogs.
Some people might be allergic to them.
She may try to take over.
She needs an experienced, firm handler.
She may be stubborn.
They do not like water.

*Other Names Known By: Chinese Fighting Dog

*Every dog is an individual so not everything in this information may be correct for your dog. This information is meant as a good faith guideline only.
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Mitch Endick is a short article writer, editor and website developer for the popular pet site petpages.com. www.petpages.com is a pet information site with free pet ads, dog classifieds, and puppy for sale info. Petpages.com also offers information on cats, fish, reptiles, birds, ferrets, rabbits, mice and even pet bugs.
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