The Chinese Shar-Pei – Are They More Trouble Than They Are Worth?


The Chinese Shar-Pei

In 1978 Time magazine reported the Chinese Shar-Pei to be one of the world's rarest dogs. That situation has changed and, right now, according to the American Kennel Club, right now, the Shar-Pei is the 61st most popular breed in the United States.

The Shar-Pei breed originated in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. The Shar-Pei is a very old breed which predates most of the modern breeds which were developed in the 19th century.

They were originally developed as a hunting dog and we used to hunt wild boar.

Later they were used as fighting dogs and even today they are still used for this purpose in Tibet. Their wrinkled skin is an advantage in dog fighting because if they are grabbed by their opponent, they can still wriggle inside their skin and bite back.





During the Communist era the population of these dogs in China has declined dramatically. In the nineteen seventies a Hong Kong businessman arranged for approximately 200 of these dogs to be smuggled to the United States. Almost all of the current population of Shar-Peis in the United States is descended from these original dogs.


Appearance of the Chinese Shar-Pei.


It's wrinkled skin gives dog a very distinctive appearance. It is also only one of two dog breeds in the world that has a blue-black tongue.


When it is born a Shar-Pei puppy’s skin is very wrinkled. As they grow into an adult it will lose a lot of its wrinkles.


There are three coat varieties, two of which are recognised by the American Kennel Club. The club recognises the horse-coat and the brush-coat but not the rarer bear-coat. The horse-coat is rough to the touch the brush-coat is longer and feel smoother. The coach on all varieties are usually about 1 inch in length. The American kennel club recognises 18 colours and 7 markings.


These are large dogs with a large head. Adult males usually between 55 and 65 pounds and females between 40 and 55 pounds. Although they have large heads their ears are fairly small and sit on top of the head. In an adult Shar-Pei the wrinkles are mostly on the face and shoulders and around the base of the tail.


Their noses are either black or pink and black and they sometimes have a black mask.


They tend to shed twice a year.


Unfortunately, they don't normally have long lives and few dogs make it past 10 years.


The appearance of Western dogs has diverged quite a bit from those still in China.


Chinese Shar-Pei temperament.


A Shar-Pei will make a great pet and is very affectionate and loyal to its owners and family. It can be suspicious of strangers. As a puppy it must be socialised with other humans and other dogs. If this is not done properly the dog can become territorial and aggressive. The Chinese Shar-Pei is quite independent and if not handled properly will tend to see itself as a leader of the Pack. It needs a confident handler who will firmly and gently show it who's the boss.


They don't tend to bark very often but will bark when strangers are around or they get excited when playing. They are easy to train and respond well to patience and rewards.


Like many other dogs their temperament reflects the way they have been treated.


Shar-Pei health


Shar-Peis suffer from more skin problems than most other dogs. They have an increased risk of suffering from an allergic skin disease called atopic dermatitis. This can lead to allergy induced skin infections. They are also at increased risk from a condition known as dermod icosis. The symptoms skin irritation, inflammation and infection and are caused by a type of mite.


A common problem for Shar-Peis is a condition called entropion which is caused by ingrowing eyelashes. This is a painful condition and can lead to blindness if not treated. The condition can be fixed by surgery. In Australia over 80% of Sharpay's require eye surgery to fix their eye problems.


FSF or Shar-Pei Fever Is a congenital inflammatory disease which affects 1 in 5 Shar-Peis. It causes a fever which usually lasts for 1 day although It can last for up to 3 days. It is usually accompanied by swelling around the ankles. One in 4 dogs with FSF will develop a fatal kidney disease known as amyloidosis.


A number of orthopedic diseases are commonly found in Shar-Peis. These include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and cruciate ligament rupture.


Conclusion


The Shar-Pei makes a loyal and faithful pets. They need to be trained and socialized early to avoid them developing dominant and aggressive traits. They suffer from a number of genetic and skin related health conditions and are not long livers. They like to live inside and don’t need a great deal of exercise.


They are expensive to buy and may not be the ideal dog for the first time dog owner.






The Alsatian Dog – Is This A Real Breed?

Alsatian Dogs and German Shepherds – Are They the Same?

Alsatian Dog Name Change.

Am I An Alsatian Or A German Shepherd

In many parts of the world the Alsatian dog is just another name for the German Shepherd dog. It is only in the United States where there is a separate breed known as the American Alsatian.

In the United Kingdom during the First World War there was an anti-German feeling was strong. This resulted in the changing of many German Sounding names to more anglicized names. Even the Royal Family changed their name from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Windsor. Leading up to the Second World War there was again a rise in ant- German sentiment and it was during this time that the name of the German Shepherd Dog was changed to Alsatian Dog. Strangely enough, it was British soldiers returning from Germany that helped popularize the German Shepherd Dog in Britain.

The UK Kennel club continued with the name Alsatian with the name German Shepherd in brackets. In 1977 the two names were reversed so the breed became known as the German Shepherd (Alsatian) In 2010 the word Alsatian was removed from the breed name altogether.

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Is Benadryl Safe For My Dog?

The short answer to this question is “yes.” Benadryl is safe for dogs. It is one of the few drugs that is recommended by veterinarians for over the counter use. It is reasonably safe but, as with any drug, it is a good idea to find out the dosage levels, the benefits and side effects before use.

What is Benadryl?

Benadryl is the trade name for the drug diphenhydramine. Diphenhydramine was discovered at the University of Cincinatti in 1943 and was the first antihistamine registered in the United States. Antihistamines are drugs which inhibit block histamine and are used in humans for treating colds, hay fever, insect bites and stings and hives.

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Can Dogs Read Our Minds? – They Understand More Than You Think

Can Dogs Read Our Minds

Those of us who are lucky enough to have a dog in our life, understand the unique bond that exists between us and them. Nobody knows our dogs quite like we do. Some dogs are halfway out of the back door, wagging their tails and barking excitedly if we so much as pick their lead up from the table. Others know exactly what time their dinner should be ready and sit patiently by their food bowl in the kitchen, sending mournful looks your way until you get around to filling it for them. Some dogs love the postman’s daily visit, greeting him with a wagging tail; others are suspicious of him and his intentions with that big van and satchel full of letters.

Yes, we know our dogs inside out – their funny little habits, what makes them squeal with excitement, what makes them fretful, anxious or on-edge. It’s a relationship built over a lifetime of familiarity and companionship and you probably feel that no-one can read your dog’s mind better than you can – and you are most likely right!

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Taking Your Dog on a Car Trip – Preparations and Precautions


Taking Your Dog On A Car Trip

For many families going on a long car trip with their dogs is unthinkable. However, with a little bit of planning, traveling even long distances with your dog can add a lot of enjoyment with a minimum of fuss. There are some preparations before the trip which will help make things run smoothly.


Things To Do Before You Leave.


You don’t want your holiday interrupted by canine health issues so a week or two before you plan to depart bring your dog to the veterinarian to get checked out. Any issues can be cleared up before you leave.

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Classroom Dogs – Are The Benefits Worth The Hassle?

Classroom Dogs - Are They Worth The Hassle?

Classroom dogs may seem more of a distraction than a benefit, but more and more studies are showing that having almost any kind of pet in class can bring significant benefits to students. A major study conducted jointly by the Pet Care Trust and the American Humane Society published in 2015 found the top three benefits to students from having pets in the classroom were improved learning outcomes in the areas of care and compassion, responsibility and science and nature.

The main school-wide benefits were improvements in classroom social interactions, classroom behavioural issues and class participation.

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42 Dog Sayings Which Will Touch Your Heart

Sometimes a dog is the only one that can fill the void in your empty heart.

Sometimes a dog is the only one that can fill the void in your empty heart.

A friend is one who knows all about you but loves you just the same

A friend is one who knows all about you but loves you just the same

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Raising a dog is like a rainbow. Puppies are the joy at one end. Old dogs are the treasure at the other.

Raising a dog is like a rainbow. Puppies are the joy at one end. Old dogs are the treasure at the other.

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Face of gray. Heart of gold.

Face of gray. Heart of gold.

Sometimes I just need to spend the day alone with my dog

Sometimes I just need to spend the day alone with my dog

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The only thing wrong with dogs is that they can’t live forever

The only thing wrong with dogs is that they can’t live forever

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This is a dog. He does not hate you because of your ethnicity, your sexuality, your gender or your appearance. He loves you and will always love you regardless. Return the favor.Quotes - A dog can't change THE world but they can change YOUR world.


This is a dog. He does not hate you because of your ethnicity, your sexuality, your gender or your appearance. He loves you and will always love you regardless. Return the favor.

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They’re not dangerous if you raise them right and neither are the dogs.


They’re not dangerous if you raise them right and neither are the dogs.

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That awkward moment when someone admits they don’t like your dog. And suddenly you don’t like them anymore.


That awkward moment when someone admits they don’t like your dog. And suddenly you don’t like them anymore.

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Sorry, but my dog thinks you’re an asshole – and I believe him.


Sorry, but my dog thinks you’re an asshole – and I believe him.

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Live life like somebody left the gate open.

Live life like somebody left the gate open.

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My therapist has a wagging tail


My therapist has a wagging tail

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I’m not spoiled – my master is just well trained.


I’m not spoiled – my master is just well trained.

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I’m the kind of person who says Hi to dogs.


I’m the kind of person who says Hi to dogs.

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Learn a lesson from your dog. No matter what life brings you – kick some dirt over that shit and move on.


Learn a lesson from your dog. No matter what life brings you – kick some dirt over that shit and move on.

You say I’m spoiled like it’s a bad thing

You say I’m spoiled like it’s a bad thing

Why do humans harvest our poop.


Why do humans harvest our poop.

I don’t always bark at night – but when I do it’s for no reason.


I don’t always bark at night – but when I do it’s for no reason.

Life without dogs – I don’t think so


Life without dogs – I don’t think so

Teach them to be kind to dogs and they will grow up to be kind to people too.


Teach them to be kind to dogs and they will grow up to be kind to people too.

My sunshine doesn’t come from the skies. It comes from the love that’s in my dog’s eyes.


My sunshine doesn’t come from the skies. It comes from the love that’s in my dog’s eyes.

The best therapist has fur and four legs.


The best therapist has fur and four legs.

It doesn’t matter how old they are. They are always a puppy inside.


It doesn’t matter how old they are. They are always a puppy inside.

If I had a dollar for every time my dog made me smile I would be a millionaire.little paws can change coming back to an empty house into coming home.


If I had a dollar for every time my dog made me smile I would be a millionaire.

You can buy the dog but the wag of the tail has to be earned

You can buy the dog but the wag of the tail has to be earned

I don’t consider my dog a pet. He is family.



I don’t consider my dog a pet. He is family.

Do I believe in love at first sight? Absolutely - I fall in love with every dog I see.



Do I believe in love at first sight? Absolutely - I fall in love with every dog I see.

No matter how small your bank account - having a dog makes you rich.



No matter how small your bank account - having a dog makes you rich.

It’s not drinking alone if the dog is at home.



It’s not drinking alone if the dog is at home.

Saving one dog will not change the world. But surely for that one dog the world will change forever.



Saving one dog will not change the world. But surely for that one dog the world will change forever.

Thorns may hurt you, men may desert you, sunlight turn to fog but you are never alone, ever, If you have a dog.


Thorns may hurt you, men may desert you, sunlight turn to fog but you are never alone, ever, If you have a dog.

Without my dog my wallet would be full, my house would be clean, but my heart would be empty.


Without my dog my wallet would be full, my house would be clean, but my heart would be empty.

Some angels choose fur instead of wings


Some angels choose fur instead of wings

Your dog will never wake up one day and decide he doesn’t love you anymore.



Your dog will never wake up one day and decide he doesn’t love you anymore.

Love lives in the eyes of my furry best friend.



Love lives in the eyes of my furry best friend.

Four little paws can change coming back to an empty house into coming home.



Four little paws can change coming back to an empty house into coming home.

The best therapist has fur and four legs.

AntiDepressants

Who says my soulmate has to have two legs?




Who says my soulmate has to have two legs?

Home is where someone runs to greet you.

Home is where someone runs to greet you.

I don’t care what anyone thinks of me. Except dogs – I want dogs to like me.

I don’t care what anyone thinks of me. Except dogs – I want dogs to like me.

Love is how excited your dog gets when you get home.




Love is how excited your dog gets when you get home.

A dog is one of the few things in life that is as it seems.



A dog is one of the few things in life that is as it seems.

Face of gray. Heart of gold.

Face of gray. Heart of gold.

Sometimes I just need to spend the day alone with my dog

Sometimes I just need to spend the day alone with my dog

The only thing wrong with dogs is that they can’t live forever

The only thing wrong with dogs is that they can’t live forever

This is a dog. He does not hate you because of your ethnicity, your sexuality, your gender or your appearance. He loves you and will always love you regardless. Return the favor.Quotes - A dog can't change THE world but they can change YOUR world.


This is a dog. He does not hate you because of your ethnicity, your sexuality, your gender or your appearance. He loves you and will always love you regardless. Return the favor.

They’re not dangerous if you raise them right and neither are the dogs.


They’re not dangerous if you raise them right and neither are the dogs.

That awkward moment when someone admits they don’t like your dog. And suddenly you don’t like them anymore.


That awkward moment when someone admits they don’t like your dog. And suddenly you don’t like them anymore.

Sorry, but my dog thinks you’re an asshole – and I believe him.


Sorry, but my dog thinks you’re an asshole – and I believe him.

Live life like somebody left the gate open.

Live life like somebody left the gate open.

My therapist has a wagging tail


My therapist has a wagging tail

I’m not spoiled – my master is just well trained.


I’m not spoiled – my master is just well trained.

I’m the kind of person who says Hi to dogs.


I’m the kind of person who says Hi to dogs.

Learn a lesson from your dog. No matter what life brings you – kick some dirt over that shit and move on.


Learn a lesson from your dog. No matter what life brings you – kick some dirt over that shit and move on.

You say I’m spoiled like it’s a bad thing

You say I’m spoiled like it’s a bad thing

Why do humans harvest our poop.


Why do humans harvest our poop.

I don’t always bark at night – but when I do it’s for no reason.


I don’t always bark at night – but when I do it’s for no reason.

Life without dogs – I don’t think so


Life without dogs – I don’t think so

Teach them to be kind to dogs and they will grow up to be kind to people too.


Teach them to be kind to dogs and they will grow up to be kind to people too.

My sunshine doesn’t come from the skies. It comes from the love that’s in my dog’s eyes.


My sunshine doesn’t come from the skies. It comes from the love that’s in my dog’s eyes.

The best therapist has fur and four legs.


The best therapist has fur and four legs.

It doesn’t matter how old they are. They are always a puppy inside.


It doesn’t matter how old they are. They are always a puppy inside.

If I had a dollar for every time my dog made me smile I would be a millionaire.little paws can change coming back to an empty house into coming home.


If I had a dollar for every time my dog made me smile I would be a millionaire.

You can buy the dog but the wag of the tail has to be earned

You can buy the dog but the wag of the tail has to be earned

I don’t consider my dog a pet. He is family.



I don’t consider my dog a pet. He is family.

Do I believe in love at first sight? Absolutely - I fall in love with every dog I see.



Do I believe in love at first sight? Absolutely - I fall in love with every dog I see.

No matter how small your bank account - having a dog makes you rich.



No matter how small your bank account - having a dog makes you rich.

It’s not drinking alone if the dog is at home.



It’s not drinking alone if the dog is at home.

Saving one dog will not change the world. But surely for that one dog the world will change forever.



Saving one dog will not change the world. But surely for that one dog the world will change forever.

Thorns may hurt you, men may desert you, sunlight turn to fog but you are never alone, ever, If you have a dog.


Thorns may hurt you, men may desert you, sunlight turn to fog but you are never alone, ever, If you have a dog.

Without my dog my wallet would be full, my house would be clean, but my heart would be empty.


Without my dog my wallet would be full, my house would be clean, but my heart would be empty.

Some angels choose fur instead of wings


Some angels choose fur instead of wings

Your dog will never wake up one day and decide he doesn’t love you anymore.



Your dog will never wake up one day and decide he doesn’t love you anymore.

Love lives in the eyes of my furry best friend.



Love lives in the eyes of my furry best friend.

Four little paws can change coming back to an empty house into coming home.



Four little paws can change coming back to an empty house into coming home.

The best therapist has fur and four legs.

AntiDepressants

Who says my soulmate has to have two legs?




Who says my soulmate has to have two legs?

Home is where someone runs to greet you.

Home is where someone runs to greet you.

I don’t care what anyone thinks of me. Except dogs – I want dogs to like me.

I don’t care what anyone thinks of me. Except dogs – I want dogs to like me.

Love is how excited your dog gets when you get home.




Love is how excited your dog gets when you get home.

A dog is one of the few things in life that is as it seems.



A dog is one of the few things in life that is as it seems.

Sometimes a dog is the only one that can fill the void in your empty heart.

Sometimes a dog is the only one that can fill the void in your empty heart.

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Teach Your Dog The Sit Stay Command – A Step By Step Guide

This training method uses a clicker and rewards to teach a dog to sit and stay. The dog is first taught to associate the clicker with a reward. You click and then reward. The click is used immediately the dog performs or approximates the required action. This removes any confusion in the dog's mind about why he is being rewarded.

Step 1: Lure Your Dog Into Position

Step 1 Lure Your Dog Into Position

The first step in the training is to lure the dog into position. If you hold the treat above his head he is likely to lower his butt and move his head up. As soon as he does this click the clicker and give him a treat.

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10 Slow Cooker And Crock Pot Dog Food Recipes

Many dog owners don't like feeding their dogs commercial, store bought dog food. This could be because of the expense or simply because they don't know what the food contains. A solution to this is to make your own. We have collected some of the best home made dog food recipes here and have included links to the websites where they originally appeared. A lot of the recipes use similar ingredients and are made in a Crock Pot or slow cooker. We suggest you visit the sites, check out the recipes and, maybe, come up with your own unique variation suited to the needs of your dog. When you change your dog's diet you should discuss the changes with your veterinarian.

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Easy Crockpot Dog Food

Easy Crockpot Dog Food

via http://damndelicious.net

This recipe was posted  on the Damn Delicious blog. It is healthier and cheaper than store bought dog foods. You can put all the ingredients in the crock pot before you go to work. When you get home home you will have several days dog food waiting for you.

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