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The Shar Pei Dog: Everything You Need to Know

Which huskies are ticks?

Ticks are small parasites that partially burrow into the skin of animals, birds and sometimes reptiles to suck the blood of the unlucky host. After finding an ideal spot and beginning to feed, a tick will stay still for days, reveling in the endless abundance of nutrients. They anesthetize the area they bite through to prevent the sensation of pain, so they are increasingly difficult to detect. Title is usually active from spring to fall.

Breed at a Glance

  • Purpose: Guard Dog
  • Weight: 45 – 60 lbs
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  • Lifespan: 6 – 7 years

Mast cell carcinoma

Dr. Jeff Vidt explains: «Due to the increased mucosal tissue in the Shar-Pei’s subcutaneous tissue, the spread of mast cells can also occur more easily – the mucus can also hinder the identification of the tumor’s edge and thus the surgical removal of the mast cell tumor.» There appears to be a hereditary or genetic component to mast cell carcinoma as well as appearing more frequently in some Shar-Pei lines. When purchasing a Shar-Pei from a breeder, you may want to inquire about the breeder’s dog’s history of mast cell carcinoma. Treatment for this disease involves removing the tumor with a clean margin. However, tumors can grow back even with complete removal. Mast cell carcinomas can be aggressive, and as a dog owner, you must make a difficult decision about how aggressively you want to treat the disease.

Dysplasia can occur in both the elbow and hip joints of the Shar-Pei. Hip dysplasia is when the head of the femur does not fit properly into the dog’s hip joint. It can cause pain with movement. Elbow dysplasia is caused by growth disorders in the dog’s elbow joints. Treating mild dysplasia can be as simple as diet, exercise, and anti-inflammatory medications, so if your Shar-Pei is diagnosed, don’t panic. At the extreme end, your dog may need surgery or even a joint replacement! To prevent dysplasia, avoid feeding food that is not appropriate for the dog’s age or life stage. This diet can actually cause your dog to grow too fast and cause dysplasia.

What will my Shar Pei puppy look like?

It depends. If you have an East China Shar-Pei they will be broad shouldered and have a few wrinkles here and there.

However, if your Shar-Pei is one of the western dogs they will have wrinkles for miles. The western branch of the family was bred to be cute, not fighters.