Shar-Pei is a large headed, heavily wrinkled dog. There
is a smaller headed variety with tighter looking skin.
There are three coat varieties: horse-coat, brush-coat
and a rare bear-coat. The bear-coat is not recognized
by the AKC because it has an undercoat and topcoat exceeding
1 inch. It is said that the bear-coat is a "throwback"
to the chow-chow. They are actually quite popular as
pets and are often confused with the chow by unknowing
owners and animal shelter workers. The unusual horse-coat
is extremely prickly, off-standing, and rough to the
touch. The brush-coated variety has a smoother feel
and has longer hair. The coat could be up to one inch
long. It has small ears that fall forward and its tail
is carried in a curl. It has a blue-black tongue like
the Chow Chow. It has a broad, full head, wide padded
muzzle, and a square profile. As the Shar-Peages, it
slowly looses its wrinkles.