This original Shar-Pei come from the Guandong …

This original Shar-Pei come from the Guandong province of China. The Cantonese equivalent, sā pèih, which translates to “sand skin” refers to the texture of its short, rough coat.

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The Shar-Pei from China looks very different from the dog we’ve become accustomed to. In the West, the pursuit of a wrinkle Dog was of the utmost importance mainly for its appeal to the western world. People from China differentiate the Western style and called them “Meat-mouths” while the original type known as “bone mouthed” that still hails in its native country is sleeker, tighter skinned and more dog aggressive.

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As puppies, Shar Pei’s have numerous wrinkles, but as they mature, their skin tightens and spread out as they “grow into their skin.” The Shar Pei’s loose skin and extremely prickly coat were originally developed to help fend off wild boar, while hunting.

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As the breed grew in its popularity, it was used for dog fighting and with this enhanced trait of extra wrinkle skin and ferocity to fight, it made for a difficult opponent. It is believed with its extra skin when another dog would grab hold, it would manage to maneuver and bite back to fight by actually twisting in their skin and face in their opponent’s direction.

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Today in modern day Tibet, they are still actively fighting the breed, mostly the “bone-mouth” type.

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