Dogs - Shar-Pei
Sharpei Puppies have lots of loose skin and wrinkles, and have often been photographed for greetings cards. As the dogs mature, the skin smoothes out and they have fewer wrinkles except on the head, which gives the dog a worried look. The wrinkles should be cleaned out regularly to prevent skin trouble.
The plural of sharpei is sharpei - not sharpeis.
The Shar-pei originated in China 2000 years ago. In the 1970's the Chinese dogs were exported to USA and the breed soon became popular worldwide.
Shar-pei's have big heads with small ears. The tongue is blue-black. The coat type most common in South Africa, is short and hard. The longer, softer, "bear" coat is acceptable in USA.
A Sharpei makes a good watch dog, being very wary of strangers, but loyal and protective to his family. They can be aggressive towards people they don't know, so do try to socialise your puppy and get him used to people while small.
Colour: any shade of fawn, or black, or red, or blue.
Height: 46 - 51 cm at shoulder