(Closed) need shar pei dog advice…

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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
3669 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@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
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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

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