About the Shar Pei
Shar Pei calendars are a delightful choice for
dog enthusiasts who adore this energetic and friendly breed.
These calendars feature a collection of captivating
photographs or charming illustrations of the Shar Pei,
showcasing their unique characteristics and playful nature.
The Shar Pei is a distinctive and ancient breed of dog
known for its loose, wrinkled skin and unique appearance.
Originating in China, the Shar Pei has a rich history dating
back over 2,000 years. Initially, it served as a versatile
working dog, performing tasks such as hunting, herding, and
One of the most notable features of the Shar Pei is its
wrinkled skin, which is a defining characteristic of the
breed. As puppies, Shar Peis have numerous wrinkles that
become less prominent as they grow older. Their wrinkled
skin, along with a "hippopotamus" muzzle and small, sunken
eyes, contribute to their distinct appearance and give them
a somewhat serious and aloof expression.
Shar Peis come in various coat types, including brush
coat (short and rough) and horse coat (short, smoother, and
closer to the body). Their coat colors can range from solid
shades, such as fawn, cream, red, and black, to diluted hues
like blue and lilac. Despite their wrinkled skin, Shar Peis
require minimal grooming, with occasional brushing to
maintain a healthy coat.
While they are known for their unique appearance, Shar Peis
are also recognized for their loyalty and protective nature
towards their families. They tend to bond closely with their
owners but can be reserved and wary around strangers, making
them excellent watchdogs. Early socialization and consistent
training are essential to ensure they develop into
well-behaved and balanced dogs.
In terms of
temperament, Shar Peis are typically independent,
strong-willed, and assertive. They have a calm and reserved
demeanor, often displaying a sense of dignity and
confidence. Proper training methods that emphasize positive
reinforcement and gentle guidance are most effective with
Overall, the Shar Pei is a fascinating and ancient breed
with a unique appearance and distinctive personality. With
their loyal and protective nature, they can make wonderful
companions for experienced dog owners who appreciate their
individuality and are willing to invest time and effort in
their training and socialization.
The Shar Pei's wrinkles aren't just a
distinctive physical trait; they also serve a functional
purpose. The loose, wrinkled skin provided a protective
shield against predators and made it difficult for them to
grab onto the dog during a fight. This feature was
particularly useful when the breed was used for hunting and
The Shar Pei was once considered a rare
breed, even to the point of being listed in the Guinness
World Records as the rarest dog breed in the world in the
1970s. However, due to concerted breeding efforts, the breed
has experienced a resurgence in popularity and is no longer
as rare today.
One distinctive characteristic of the
Shar Pei is its tongue color. Unlike most dogs with pink
tongues, the Shar Pei has a blue-black tongue, similar to
that of the Chow Chow breed. This unique feature adds to the
breed's overall charm and individuality.