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Old 05-15-2008, 06:10 AM   #1
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My girlfriend seen this picture and she wants one sooooo bad can someone please identify this mystery breed to me so i can hopefully find a breeder in CA to buy one thank you.
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Old 05-15-2008, 06:13 AM   #2
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It's a sharpei puppy. I'd look into the breed very carefully before purchasing one, they are not ideal for first time dog owners and are certainly not lap dogs to be purchased on looks alone. They grow quite big and require an experienced trainer as they can be quite difficult to train.
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I agree with Melinda. I too don't think that shar-peis are for the first time owner.

I would also add that no matter what breed you decide to buy do research it very carefully before coming to a decision. Don't just look at a picture and think oh that breed is cute. All puppies are cute, but depending on the breed you can have them live with you for 12 or more years and you must make sure that the tiny cute puppy you choose is suited to your lifestyle. So many puppies end up in rescue because potential buyers have not researched and given enough thought to whether the breed is actually the right one for them.

Good luck but please don't rush in take you time , pick out some breeds and visit breeders or go to shows and speak to breeders and exhibitors and find out the pros and cons of the breed before deciding on which one is for you.
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I also understand that they suffer from some very serious health problems, not least of which are caused by (IMO) revolting "flaps" of excessive skin, for want of a better word. My advice would be to leave well alone, unless you have bottomless pits of money to call upon !

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I also understand that they suffer from some very serious health problems, not least of which are caused by (IMO) revolting "flaps" of excessive skin, for want of a better word. My advice would be to leave well alone, unless you have bottomless pits of money to call upon !

I heard there a genetic and health nightmare, one of the trainers on Dog Borstal said they should be banned as a breed unless they can sort out all the problems.
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Oh that is a Sharpaie pup, very cute. Alot of care must go into those creases however. Some have more problems than others. Even My english Bulldog has the big crease over her nose lay down and no air got to it, needed constant cleaning and drying. It got very sore If I forgot about it for a time.

The dogs are healthy otherwise than alot of care for the creases or wrinkles. You must keep those clean. Very sweet puppy.
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It's a sharpi. I would definitely tell your friend to investigate the breed thoroughly before purchasing. Health issues can be a big thing with this breed. They need proper skin care as well. Not a dog for a first time owner.
They tend to be quite independent and aloof.

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sheplovr: I understand that sadly there are far more serious problems than the skin issues, and those are serious enough. I understand that very frequently the eyes have to be "tacked" to stop the eyelids rolling inwards. It sounds absolutely revolting and frankly quite obscene to have to operate on a young dog for what is basically a serious flaw in the breeding. I also understand that they have leg issues as well, although not too clear about what these entail.

I too saw the Dog Borstal where the coloured guy ... Robert? ... said that in his opinion the breed was fatally flawed and should be scrapped. My source of information is a lady who has a young Shar pei of about 2 and a half who has just had the dog's eyes "tacked" and also is experiencing huge skin problems. She is not at all happy with the breed, and is kicking herself quite rightly for not having done her research.

Personally, I wouldn't touch one with a barge pole, but that is just my own opinion. They are doubtless delightful dogs who have been bred, through no fault of their own, to suffer these (IMO) handicaps of an excessive amount of skin which not only cause serious eye problems, but skin problems as well. Poor Shar peis.

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Oh wow..

Yeah it is a shar pei puppy, there is some issues with them, however from a good breeder youshouldn't have anything to worry with.

Good genetics is everything...

I have a shar pei mix and here is alist of things you need to look out for:

* Parents that have had the shar pei fever
* Parents with tight ear canals (you get ear infections about every 6 months and it takes surgery to cure it forever, I wash my dogs ear every day now with a new solution I have from the vet)
* Shar pei can be nippy with children and anxy if gotten from the wrong breeder. They are OFTEN nippy anyways unless the breeder has trly breed on nice shar peis. It is even stated in showing that the OWNER Shows the shar peis teeth not the judge out of the nippy ness.
* Shar pei is not always good with other dogs, they can be VERY stingy (mine killed one recently so it is no joke)
*They are usually one family/one person dog and they are HARD to leave at home. They get VERY bonded to that person.
*On the obediance level they are usually fairly easy to train cause they don't want to walk away far from mum and dad.
*The skin that is an old school rumor, they don't have TOO much of a skin problem unless they are overly wrinkled THEN dirt gets stuck in between if they lie still too much and skin issues can develop. But due to the skin moving around on a shar pei if you are active and brush twice a week they are perfectly fine.

However twice a year they change the whole coat and shar pei furr is a PAIN to get out of your car and home etc.. I spoke to an old ex of mine that had Tasha in his car 2 times in 02, he sold that car about a year ago and it has been detailed many times since.. There is STILL Tasha hair in there.. *lol* Which I found very humorus cause he always thought of me and smiled when he saw those

A shar pei puppy needs a lot of socialisation espeilly with little kids and desensitising I would also suggest do not pick parents that are nippy pick from calm stable shar pei lines and you will have an awesome dog.

A breeder I know in sweden even hunt Hogs with her shar peis. She is out to proove that it is an all round breed which they are int he right hands with the proper genetics..

However, if you are sloppy with from wich breeder you pick the pup, or socialisation then you have basicly put yourself in a HUGE pickle then you will get all the issues mentioned above.
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Thanks for the very interesting info Monkey. Definitely not a breed for the faint hearted or the inexperienced then ! I just find it so sad that dogs are bred with so many genetic health problems - I can understand where the guy off Dog Borstal was coming from. The aloofness, the need for socialisation, the dislike of being left Home Alone, are all perfectly natural traits inherited from their ancestors (there you go Jake, I have left out the W Word !!) and are not a problem, but the eye defect, the proneness to ear infection, skin problems, shar pei fever etc. etc. are all genetic faults, and I am going to stick my neck out here, but frankly I cannot understand how ANY breed with genetic defects such as these can be allowed to continue. It must be a nightmare to get insurance for such a dog, poor things.

There can be no purpose to breeding a dog with such massive folds of skin, other than for looks (although it doesn't trip my trigger one bit). Does anyone know why a dog with such skin would be well suited for a particular purpose?

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