Shar Pei probably derived from British spelling of the Cantonese equivalent, sā pèih), which translates to “sand skin and it is supposed to be one of the ancient dog breeds. As cute and adorable those wrinkles are, the Shar Pei was bred to fend off wild boar and later it was used in dog fighting.
was bred to fend off wild boar and later it was used in dog fighting.
Shar Pei origin & Character
Those wrinkles you wanna squeeze so bad were enhanced in order to make it difficult for its opponent to grab and hold on to, and so that if it did manage to hold on, the Shar Pei would still have room to maneuver and bite back. When grabbed by any loose wrinkle, a Shar Pei can actually twist in their skin and face in their opponent’s direction. In fighting, they would twist in their skin to bite the assailant back.
Today the Shar Pei is a pet dog and dog-fighting days are over. But it’s origin makes it one difficult breed to handle. Independent, reserved and suspicious to strangers, it needs a firm authority figure. If you are soft tempered and indecisive, it will take over as boss and this will only result to behavioral problems.
it is one very expensive dog to maintain
Apart from its temperament, the Shar Pei is a breed of various health issues, which basically means that it is one very expensive dog to maintain. And since most people will focus on the “oh, how cute” and nothing else, Shar Peis are being dumped after the owners realize that they will need to be spending a lot of money on the dog for its entire life.
SCARS rescued a Shar Pei recently – sweet adorable Charlie, found wandering alone in a suburb of Athens, Greece.
Shar Peis are being dumped after the owners realize that they will need to be spending a lot of money on the dog
Poor Charlie has nothing to do with the dominant, stubborn typical Shar Pei character. He does have health issues though, and this is probably the reason why he was simply abandoned on the street one day. Charlie’s dermatological problems and allergies need to be treated with a special diet, which costs A LOT.
So somewhere out there is this person, who believed that owning a purebred Shar Pei was all about walking down the street bragging about it, and the dumped him like trash, when Charlie proved to be costly and smelly – his dermatological problems make his skin smell bad, and a smelly dog is not something to brag about.
the situation got so frustrating that we had to change his adoption ad, specifically emphasizing on his health problems
The people who asked to adopt Charlie so far share the same way of thinking of his previous owner – and the situation got so frustrating that we had to change his adoption ad, specifically emphasizing on his health problems and the cost of maintaining him healthy.
Watching Charlie makes me so sad. Sad for the human ignorance and stupidity and sad because there are dozens of new Charlie’s being born every day, in disgusting puppy mills, where mother dogs live in their feces and smell death, delivering puppies for morons to buy cheap, morons like Charlie’s owner.
there are dozens of new Charlie’s being born every day, in disgusting puppy mills