Dog Breed Group: Companion Dog
Life Span: 9-11 years
Weight: Male: 22-27, Female: 20-25
Height: Male: 19-20, Female: 18-19
Origin of Name: The Miniature Shar Pei is breed for both for its smaller size and increased wrinkles.
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For its long history, vast and impenetrable China was a closed society immune to external influences. Like, China developed a culture for itself. This eccentricity is clearly seen in Chinese dog breeds. From clown pugs to dignified chow chow, Chinese dogs are distinguished with their own look and feel. In this ancient canine clan, there is probably none as much sugar as shar-pei.
Native to China's southern provinces, Shar-pe goes back to more than 2,000 years of the Han dynasty. It is believed that it was a farmer's dog, and in all times and places in the manner of the farmer's dogs, the shar-pe was expected to be versatile. Chinese farmers employed these rugged, intelligent dogs as hunters, shepherds and protectors of livestock against hunters and protectors.
The People's Republic of China was established in 1949. Communist rule was based on dog ownership and the mainland's purebred dog population was systematically slaughtered. However, some good specimens of shar-pe were preserved in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
The documented American history of the breed began in the mid-1960s, but American interest in the breed actually began in 1973. In that year, a Hong Kong breeder named Mattago Law called on the U.S. to save the endangered shar-pe from extinction. Appealed to the fans. The enthusiastic response from American dog lovers ensured the survival of the breed. The AKC recognized Chinese sher-pei in 1992.