Post # 1
Hi all… I have researched dog sites endlessly. And I keep coming back to the Shar-pei…
This dogs personality and size will go well with me and my fieances lifestyle based on research I have done. Just some background – I work at home and will be at home with the dog all day literally. If anything the dog will get sick of me and not the other way around. We will be purchasing a puppy. I am looking forward to what will soon be our new member of our familiy!
I am interested in any first hand information anyone is willing to share on this breed.
Side note: We are not interested in adopting so please no comments on adopting. We were most interested in hearing first hand accounts from owners of Shar-pei’s.
Post # 3
My brother had a shar pei. They are gorgeous and he was a great dog but sadly they have a ton of health problems. The dog die pretty suddenly at 6 or 7 years old, most likely of shar pei fever. I would be careful about selecting a reputable breeder and doing your research about health issues.
Post # 4
@chica95110: since you are not adopting then I must suggest that you choose a reputable breeder. Prices can be a little higher but animals are a ife time investment and you should avoid anyone who breeds for money. If you are unsure of what to look for in a breeder then I would be happy to help!
The shar pei is a great breed when properly socialized. The breed can be standoffish to strangers but that trait will vary between dog and depends on the lifestyle you provide. You also need to be constant with training because the breed is independant and won’t do well with a breeder who doesn’t take charge.
Health issues include: kidney failure, skin issues, eye problems, thyroid issues, amyloidosis, carpal laxity, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia,
These traits are genetic and I encourage you to do full research on any person you plan to purchase a dog from. Genetic issues will cost you more in the long run and can shorten your dogs life.
This breed is very loyal and easily trained
Post # 5
Shar peis are adorable. Like others have posted, they do tend to have numerous health problems. One things I would suggest that you seriously consider is pet insurance. Around here for a shar pei it’s about 50 bucks a month, which may seem like a lot, but I assure you it will be well worth it if you ever need to use it