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The Chinese Shar-Pei is a large dog with wrinkled skin. It has
a square profile with a broad, flat head. The muzzle is wide,
padded, full, with a moderate stop. Like the Chow Chow, these dogs
have a blue-black tongue. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The
small, sunken, almond-shaped eyes are dark, but may be lighter in
dogs with a dilute colored coat. The high-set, triangular ears are
very small, and slightly rounded at the tips. The tail is thick at
the base tapering to a fine point and set extremely high. The
dewclaws are sometimes removed. Both heavily wrinkled dogs with
large heads and smaller headed dogs with tighter looking skins occur
in this breed.
Puppies have more wrinkles than adults. Shar-Pei
slowly lose their wrinkles as they get older. There are three coat
varieties: horse-coat and brush-coat and a rare bear-coat, which is
not recognized by the AKC. The bear-coat, does not falling within
AKC standard because this particular Shar-Pei has an undercoat and a
topcoat exceeding 1 inch. The popular theory about the bear-coat is
that it's a "throwback" to the chow-chow. They are actually quite
popular as pet quality Shar-Pei, albeit rare, and often confused
with the chow by unknowing owners as well as animal shelter workers.
The unusual horse-coat is rough to the touch, extremely prickly and
off-standing. The brush-coated variety has longer hair and a
smoother feel. The coat on either variety can be up to one inch in
length. Coat colors include all solid colors and sables. There is
also a lowered, spotted, and a parti colored (flowered) Shar-Pei
coat, which is a disqualifying fault in the show ring according to
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