Shar Pei Picture
In a Shar Pei picture, you’ll see a moderately large, stout, massive, and well balanced dog. The average height of the breed is 18-20 inches at the withers; the weight varies between 40 and 65 pounds. The Shar Pei is easy to distinguish from other breeds by several characteristics. Its head is massive and “hippopotamus-shaped,” the muzzle and neck are heavily wrinkled; the skin is loose; the coat is short and rough; the tongue and mouth are black.
The Shar Pei is one of the most ancient dog breeds. It originated in China around 3,000 years ago. The true origin of the breed is unknown. It’s difficult to say whether the Shar Pei descended from the Chow Chow or these breeds with a bluish black mouth share the common ancestry. The original type of the Shar Pei is not heavily wrinkled. Most Shar Pei picture galleries feature western-type dogs, which are far from the traditional look. Wrinkled dogs with a horse-type coat were developed for fighting purposes. Loose skin and rough prickly coat made these dogs difficult to grab. Even if grabbed, Shar Peis can twist in their skin and bite back.
Other coat types that you can see in Shar Pei picture galleries are brush-type and bear-type coats. Brush-coat is longer and softer than the horse-coat. Bear-coat in the Shar Pei is a disqualifying fault, because it is long and with a dense undercoat hiding wrinkles on the neck. Shar Peis with a bear-type coat can be only of a pet quality. Soft and wavy coat is a serious fault in this breed. As for the coat color, Shar Pei dogs come only in solid coloration. Darker shading and diluted colors are accepted, but spotted dogs are disqualified.
Shar Pei dogs look aloof and scowling because of small sunken eyes and deep wrinkles on the broad muzzle. The nose is large and broad; the ears are very small and lying flat against the head. All purebred Shar Pei dogs have bluish-black or dark purple tongue, gums, flews, and roof of the mouth. In a diluted Shar Pei picture, you can notice a lavender pigmentation of the mouth.