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To the Buyer of a Puppy

Upon acquiring a Shar-Pei puppy, please consider the following.

Ascertain the good health of the puppy's parents, including hereditary faults and illnesses. Puppies are being sold from very different combinations, some better than others, so health is an issue to be tackled in time so as to avoid unpleasant surprises later.

Note that any surgical alterations on a Shar-Pei, especially on the eyes and lips, exclude the dog from shows as per the breed standard. Since January 1st 2003, a new set of dog show rules state that a show cannot be participated in by a dog that has undergone an operation to correct a trait that the breed standard views as a fault.

Exaggerated features should be avoided, for example too much loose skin or wrinkles on the head, the body or legs, an exaggerated muzzle, overly thick lips etc. See the breed standard on this site.

Using close relatives for breeding is not recommended. Information on bloodlines can be found, for example, in the breeding database maintained by the Finnish Kennel Club. The inbreeding percentages are not accurate in all cases.

Life expectancy for Shar-Pei is approximately ten years.

The goal of breeding is to achieve quality offspring and to improve (through different combinations) the breed's overall standard.

The breeder alone is responsible for the puppies he or she sells.

Make sure that all agreements are done in writing and preferably on the Finnish Kennel Club's standard forms. Do not sign any suspicious or unreasonable contracts, always contact the Finnish Kennel Club first.

The breed is not yet a part of PEVISA (a program against hereditary faults and illnesses).

You may also contact the Club's Board about any matters that trouble you. The Club has experience on Shar-Pei starting from 1989. The members actively keep in touch with Shar-Pei enthusiasts, breeders, and judges from all over the world, from the United States to China.

» Also see the Owner's Guide to the Chinese Shar-Pei. It tells of the Shar-Pei illnesses and problems encountered in the United States.