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Shar Pei

One of the most ancient breeds, and a distant relative to the Chow Chow, the Shar Pei, despite appearances, has a loyal and affectionate nature.

Responsible breeding in recent times has improved the health of the Shar Pei by giving him better fitting skin and eyelids. A hunter, herder and guard dog in his native China who has often been misused and forced to fight.

Along with his wrinkles, the coat of the Shar Pei is a distinguishing feature. His name translates as 'sand skin'. The coat is classified into three types, Horsecoat, Brushcoat and Bearcoat of which the Horsecoat is considered closest to the ancient types.

Horsecoat is short and prickly to the touch. Brushcoat is around one inch long and remains harsh though somewhat less prickly. Bear coat is over an inch in length with a distinct mane and feathering. Bearcoat types make wonderful companions but are not considered breed standard in the show ring.

His characteristic eyebrows and facial whiskers give him a distinctive, eye-catching appearance, although his harsh weather-proof coat requires regular attention to keep him looking his best.

With a lively, obedient nature and a gentle trustworthy manner the Schnauzer is a wonderful companion for an active family.


Size: Medium
Height: 46-51cms
Coat: Short
Grooming: Weekly
Exercise: Up to 1 hour daily
Ideal Home: Large or small town or countryside dwelling
Colours: Apricot • Black • Blue • Brown • Chocolate • Cream • Fawn • Isabella • Lilac • Red • Sable