The Chinese Shar-Pei, one of the most distinctive of all dog breeds, can be traced back to its homeland in China, where it was originally bred as a fighting dog. Loose folds of skin, the outstanding characteristic of the breed, were developed so that the Shar Pei could not be pinned down in a dog fight.
Despite its impressive looks and loyal temperament, the Shar Pei fell from favour and came close to extinction. Fortunately the breed was revived and foundation stock was established in the United States, which has now become the adopted home of the Shar Pei.
Thanks to careful breeding and selction, the Shar Pei is now well established in the Western world and has become a familiar sight worldwide.
This highly comprehensive book includes and extensive history of the Shar Pei from its Chinese origins to present-day status.
Expert advice is given on selecting a puppy, with tips on early training and socialisation. The needs of the adult dog are examined, and guidance is given on nutrition, exercise, grooming and health care.
For the experienced owner, there is information on breeding - from choosing a stud dog and planning a mating, to whelping and rearing litters.
The show Shar Pei is highlighted, and a chapter dedicated to the Breed Standard analyses exactly what is required in a top-winning dog.
Illustrated throughout with stunning photography and line drawings, The Chinese Shar Pei Today is essential reading for all enthusiasts of this exotic breed.
Author : Juliette Cunliffe
Hardcover - 149 pages