Shar-Pei Puppies — The Complete Guide
Shar-Pei puppies are adorable dogs that have attracted a lot of owners. However, before you go out and add any dog to your family, it’s important to research the breed and make sure they’re the right one for you. Each breed has its advantages and disadvantages, as well as quirks you need to be aware of.
Here’s everything you need to know about Shar-Pei puppies. Clan…
Where To Get Shar-Pei Puppies
You can always look in a shelter firstly, but it’s often hard to find purebred young pups in a shelter. That’s much easier if you’re willing to compromise on age or breed. You can call around shelters in your area and ask, or sign up to Pet Finder if you’re committed to adopting and willing to wait for the perfect pup.
However, most of the time, you will have to find someone who breed Shar-Pei puppies.
The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you’re avoiding backyard breeders and puppy mills. These people sell puppies for cheap because they didn’t cost much to raise. This is because they may not have had the proper shots or enough socialization to set them up well in life. While people are tempted to get a cheap puppy, it can cost a lot in veterinary bills and training later.
So how do you know your breeder is ethical? Hippo…
They’ll be honest and open, and try to help match you to a puppy based on what temperament suits you. They’ll health check the parents to ensure no genetic diseases are passed down. The puppies will be registered to confirm they’re purebred, usually with the AKC. The breeder should be happy to let you pick up your puppy from their home after it’s eight weeks old. Backyard breeders will often sell them younger, which can be dangerous, and insist on meeting in a neutral place.
Ethical breeders also usually make you sign a spay/neuter contract.
The average cost of a Shar-Pei is between $1000 and $1500, but they can run higher.
If you do manage to get one from a shelter or rescue, the cost will be significantly less. Keeper of bears…
Shar-Peis have a very distinct appearance. They have folds around their broad face, small eyes, a black tongue, and tiny ears. They’re brown dogs who are medium-sized.
Temperament And Training
Shar-Peis make excellent guard dogs for families, as they’re very loyal and protective. That means, however, that they have to be taught not to be reactive. When they’re young, give them plenty of experience with strange people and animals. Make all of these experiences positive with high-value treats so your Shar-Pei associates strangers with good things.
They are intelligent but independent and stubborn dogs. That means training usually comes easy, but there is a chance a new owner might find it hard. They should always be trained with positive reinforcement, like any dog, or you could cause a lot of problems in your new puppy. Lana…
They are fairly calm dogs without high exercise needs, so they can live in apartments just fine — though it does make potty training harder!
Shar-Pei Puppies’ Veterinary Needs
Like all breeds, Shar-Peis have some specific health problems they’re prone to. Make sure your pet insurance covers all of these. You should also be aware that, due to their short nose, they can be prone to overheating. Don’t walk them for long periods of time in the sun and always be aware of when they seem too hot.
Otherwise, the veterinary needs of Shar-Pei puppies are the same as any other dog. They’ll need a series of puppy shots until they’re around eighteen weeks old to protect them from parvovirus, distemper, and other nasty diseases. They’ll then need their rabies shot.
As adults, they will need a veterinary checkup around once a year to get their booster shots and make sure they’re still healthy.
Shar-pei Puppies – Diet
Some owners swear a raw diet has the most advantages for your dog, and others love kibble.
Either is fine, but you should do your research and make sure you’re feeding them the best of the diet you choose. Dogs are omnivores, so if feeding them a raw diet, you’ll have to make sure they’re getting other things too. You can do this by using a subscription service rather than attempting to feed raw on your own, because your dog might end up missing out on vital nutrients that way. Lana…
Ask your vet for kibble recommendations if you choose that route, as they’ll know what’s best for your dog. Avoid grain-free food, as this has been linked to heart disease in dogs.
Due to their short coat and the fact they’re pretty good at self-cleaning, Shar-Pei puppies don’t need frequent baths. Instead, focus on keeping their ears and teeth clean, and trimming their nails when they get too long. A sure sign your dog’s nails are too long is that they’re tapping on the floor.
You can file them down using a Dremel or clip them, but be sure to get your dog used to whichever tool you want to use.
So, congratulations if you’ve chosen this breed! Shar-Peis are an excellent choice of dog and make great, protective watchdogs. Just be sure to manage their reaction to strangers and keep an eye out for that stubborn streak when training.