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Chinese shar-pei
Scientific Name:
Canis familiaris
Family Name:
18-20 inches (46-51 cm.)
40-55 lbs. (18-25 kg.)
all solid colors and sables. There are also flowered, spotted, and parti colored.
Life Span:
up to 10 years.
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Chinese shar-pei

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Chinese shar-pei Description
  The Chinese 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.  
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