The Shar Pei
By Yana and Tatiana
If you have never seen a Shar Pei before, the first impression might
just be that of a kind, though independent, even arrogant
clodhopper. Indeed, these dogs are often arrogant with strangers. And
of course, this makes people think that Shar Pei is smarter than it
looks. But under the mask of arrogance and indifference hides a
mischievous soul of a natural-born clown.
It is in domestic
surroundings that these dogs reveal their true character, their
numerous faces and aspects of mood. Each of them is truly individual
and a great wonder to discover. This is what makes Shar Peis so capable
of true and loyal friendship unlike many other pets.
Talking about the
character of these teddy bears, first and foremost they are calm,
independent and devoted to the family. Moreover, these dogs are very
enduring, noble and wise. The Shar Pei truly enjoys human company,
especially children -- they can play with them for hours and stand any
liberties the children might take.
The Shar Pei is extremely patient and
discreet. They are never aggressive without an obvious cause. These
thoughtful animals should be given an opportunity to assess the
situation and use their own discretion when it comes to action.
Amazingly sharp sight allows them to keep everything under control -- at all
times. Although historically these dogs were meant for protecting
property, a Shar Pei is no worse a bodyguard than a Mastiff. These
energetic and fast-running dogs have more than a fair chance of
protecting human life against any potential threat.
Just like all Shar
Pei dogs, our beautiful ladies and gentlemen are striking
individuals. Lyalya is an example of patience -- she once underwent an
operation in the field without a whimper. Kuzya is a pack leader, and
we always thought that he couldn’t stand other males. Well, you never
know: he once ran away and returned with a friend, a male Russian
hound who spent the whole summer at our house. This was when Kuzya showed
us all an example of true friendship.
Rosa is a loving mother who
never separates her puppies from someone else’s when nursing. When
little Toma was born, Rosa took her under her wings and did not
even let the grandmother anywhere close to the newborn. The baby in
the house gave all our ladies a chance to try being mothers, which
they eagerly did. During the first week of nursing, Lyalya took care
of Rosa offering her milk. Ninka never stepped away from the little
one and protected her from falling from the sofa when Rosa learned to
roll over. Now she eagerly offers her back to let the puppy climb to
her favorite vantage point. Even Kuzya patiently lets Toma bite him
with never a growl of annoyance.
All our staff is deeply in
love with these noble animals that never stop amazing us. We
do hope to keep the continuity of our Shar Pei breeding tradition and
welcome you all to our big and friendly family!
Yana and Tatiana have been breeding and exhibiting Chinese Shar-Pei since 1994,
finishing more than 20 FCI
championships, with 3 Best in Show Winners along the way. They love to share
their appreciation and enthusiasm for this wonderful breed. You can visit
them and see more pictures at
The Shar Pei Club.