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                              Chinese Shar-Pei
                                      
                               [sharpei.jpg] 
   
Author

   Heidi Merkli (heidi@direct-internet.net)
   
   Created Feb. 6, 1995.
     * Revision: March 14, 1999
       Changes to rescue and club sections
     * Revision: Sept. 28, 1998
       Changes to and new hyper links added.
     * Revision: Feb. 22, 1998
       Changes to health, grooming, diet, FAQ's sections. Addition: Puppy
       Buyer's Guidelines.
     * Revision: Oct. 24, 1997
       Additions to frequently asked question section. Correction to
       mailing list address.
     * Revision: Sept. 16, 1997
       Changes to health and rescue sections.
       Additions: Crate Training, Vet List and Mailing List.
     * Revision: March 10, 1997
       Changes to health, rescue and FAQ's sections.
     * Revision: July 1, 1996
       
             Changes to health and rescue sections.
   Copyright 1995-2001 by Heidi Merkli.
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Table of Contents

     * History
     * The AKC Standard
     * Socialization
     * Crate Training
     * Showing
     * Frequently Asked Questions
     * Health Problems
     * Diet
     * Grooming
     * Puppy Buyer's Guidelines
     * Shar-Pei Vet List
     * Shar-Pei Mailing List
     * Breeders
     * Clubs
     * Rescue
     * Suggested Readings
     * References
     _________________________________________________________________
   
History

   The origin of the Chinese Shar-Pei can be traced to the province of
   Kwun Tung and has for centuries existed in the southern provinces of
   China. These dogs helped their peasant masters in various tasks such
   as herding cattle, guarding the home and family, and have proven
   themselves to be qualified hunters of "wild game, usually wild pigs."
   
   The Shar-Pei is believed to have shared a common origin with the
   smooth-coated Chow-Chow because of the blue-black mouths and tongues,
   possibly the Great Pyrenees, a source of the double dew claws, and the
   Tibetan Mastiff. It was believed in ancient times that the dark mouth
   of the Chow-Chow, exposed when barking, helped to ward off evil
   spirits. The first Shar-Pei may have appeared as a mutation. The
   Shar-Pei when translated means "sand-skin" or "shark skin." This
   uniquely rough, loose, prickly coat enabled the Shar-Pei to wriggle
   out of its opponents grasp while fighting in the dog pits. The coat
   when stroked against the grain may be abrasive, producing a burning,
   itching sensation. Their tail is carried over their backs on either
   side exposing the anus. The first tail set is a tightly curled tail, a
   "coin" tail. The second tail set is the loose curl, and third is
   carried in an arch over the back. The Shar-Pei with his tail sticking
   out straight or between his legs was thought to be cowardly. The tail
   should denote bravery.
   
   While viewing the body head on, if the toes were slightly turned out
   this was thought to help the dog with balance according to old-time
   dog-fighting g fanciers. The Chinese crawling dragon with his feet
   pointed east and west was considered a sign of strength. Because of
   these poor breeding practices many of the Shar-Pei have bad fronts. A
   dog with straight forelegs is correct.
   
   Incidentally, any dog in China that protects property is called a
   fighting dog, whereas in Canada and the United States they are
   referred to as guard dogs.
   
   Following the establishment of the Peoples' Republic of China as a
   communist nation, the dog population was virtually wiped out. If not
   for the efforts of Matgo Law of Hong Kong, the Shar-Pei would not be
   here today. Due to his dedication to the breed, a small number of
   Shar-Pei were brought to the United States in the 1960's and early
   70's. In 1974 American and Canadian fanciers answered Matgo's appeal
   for help and in 1976 the first Shar-Pei was registered. The foundation
   stock brought over from Hong Kong were of poorer quality then the
   Shar-Pei we see today. In August of 1991 the Shar-Pei officially
   completed the requirements for recognition by the American Kennel club
   and was placed in the Non-Sporting Group. In 1992 the Canadian Kennel
   Club also officially recognized and grouped the Shar-Pei in group 6,
   Non-Sporting n g events. Since that time several Shar-Pei are now and
   continuing to become CKC and AKC champions.
   
   Together the United States and Canada can now boast over 100,000
   Shar-Pei in the world. This unique breed is also recognized by the
   FCI, HKKC, and the CSPCGB. The CSPCGB operates independently receiving
   no input or influence from the [British] Kennel Club. I would also
   mention that the FCI recognizes the HKKC standard and not the AKC's at
   this time, as per its general policy of using the standard from the
   country of the breed's origin.
     _________________________________________________________________
   
The AKC Standard

   The Standard is the physical "blueprint" of the breed. It describes
   the physical appearance and other desired qualities of the breed
   otherwise known as type. Some characteristics, such as size, coat
   quality, and movement, are based on the original (or current) function
   for the dog. Other characteristics are more cosmetic such as eye
   color; but taken together they set this breed apart from all others.
   The Standard describes an ideal representative of the breed. No
   individual dog is perfect, but the Standard provides an ideal for the
   breeder to strive towards.
   
   Because of copyright concerns over the collection of all the Standards
   at any single site storing all the faqs, AKC Standards are not
   typically included in the Breed faqs. The reader is referred to the
   publications at the end of this document or to the National Breed Club
   for a copy of the Standard .
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Socialization

   Shar-Pei are extremely devotion to their family, and as with all
   breeds early socialization is important. Because the Shar-Pei can be
   stubborn and somewhat standoffish towards strangers, puppy
   kindergarten and general obedience should be a consideration for a new
   prospective owner.
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Crate Training

   Crate training is a positive way to train your dog. Your dog will come
   to think of its crate as a safe place to re-treat to when they need
   some quiet time.
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Showing

   Many Shar-Pei throughout the world have gained their titles with
   Companion Dog (CD), Companion Dog Excellence (CDX), and Utility Dog
   (U.D.) degrees. They have also proven themselves in tracking and
   retrieving. The Shar-Pei have won many conformation titles and are
   known to have an excellent gait when at full trot.
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Frequently Asked Questions

   Why is its tongue black? Do any other breeds also have a black tongue?
   
     The Shar-Pei shares this distinctive characteristic with only one
     other breed, the Chow-Chow, indicating that there may be a common
     ancestor.
     
   What happens if a Shar-Pei has a spotted black tongue, is it mix?
   
     If the Shar-Pei has a spotted tongue it is a major fault. The
     tongue should be a bluish black unless it is a dilute in which case
     a lavender tongue is acceptable. A solid pink tongue is a
     disqualification.
     
   What colors do the Shar-Pei come in?
   
     The Shar-Pei can be a number of colors. The coat must be solid in
     color and any Shar-Pei with a "flowered coat" (spotted) or black
     and tan in coloration (i.e. German Shepherd) is a disqualification.
     Colors include black, cream, fawn, red-fawn, red, sable, apricot,
     chocolate, isabella, and blue. The nose may be black or brick (pink
     with black), with or without a black mask. A Shar-Pei can also have
     what is called a "dilute" coloration. Meaning the nose, nails and
     anus of the dog is the same color as the coat, (i.e. chocolate coat
     with chocolate nose, nails and anus). All of these color variations
     are acceptable and beautiful, but the coat color must be solid and
     well blended throughout the whole body of the dog.
     
   The puppies are SO cute and wrinkly! Do they stay this wrinkly?
   
     No, in the adult Shar-Pei the wrinkling is confined mainly to the
     forehead and withers. However, some have more wrinkles than others.
     
   Are they good with other dogs? Children? Cats and other pets?
   
     Yes, like most breeds if raised with children and other pets the
     Shar-Pei can be a loving member of the family. Puppy kindergarten
     is a good way to socialize your puppy with other dogs, people, and
     unfamiliar surroundings. When considering a Shar-Pei as your family
     dog make sure you see the parents of your prospective pup. This
     will help you determine what your pup's temperament will be like.
     "A well-bred Shar-Pei, bred by a pedigree-knowledgeable breeder,
     rarely, if ever, has had a problem with this in the past 10 years.
     While it's true some of the original 12 dogs imported to the United
     States that make up the breed's genetic foundation in this country
     were street dogs with nasty dispositions, conscientious breeders
     have made tremendous strides in eliminating people-aggressiveness
     tendencies." This is why socialization when young is very
     important. The Shar-Pei thrive on lots of attention and
     interaction.
     
   Why do Shar-Pei shy away when a person tries to pet them on the head
   or approaches to quickly?
   
     "The breed's eyes are hooded by skin, which limits its peripheral
     vision. As a result, they have difficulty seeing people approach
     from either side until they're almost directly in front of them.
     The sudden appearance startles the dogs, which causes them to shy
     away. When approached from the front, Shar-Pei don't react this
     way." Always let the dog sniff your hand and allow him/her time to
     familiarize themselves with you. Sniffing is a dog's way of making
     friends just as we say "Hello" or shake hands. Young children
     especially should be taught how to approach a dog and a child
     should never approach a dog unless with their parent(s) and the
     dog's owner are present.
     
   Are they suspicious of strangers? Do they make good watch dogs?
   
     Yes, they are aloof with strangers and make excellent watch dogs.
     They are defensive of their home and loved ones. They are an
     independent breed, very owner-oriented. "A plus as well as a minus
     in the training situation. Independence is a plus because dogs
     possess the necessary confidence to work at a distance from their
     handlers, but it's a minus because it sometimes translates into
     stubbornness". Training sessions should be brief and not with
     force. Shar-Pei respond best to praise and or food reinforcement as
     a reward for good behavior.
     
   Do Shar-Pei snore?
   
     Yes, Shar-Pei snore, some more then others. The Shar-Pei also snort
     which may be mistaken for growling. As with all squashed-faced
     breeds, Bulldogs, Pugs, etc., snoring and snorting go hand-in-hand.
     
   Do they shed much?
   
     No, only once a year to lighten their dense coat for the summer.
     Always use a bristled brush or a hound glove.
     
   How long do they live?
   
     They live to be approximately 8 to 12 years of age but some have
     been known to live as long as 15 years or more.
     
   Is the Shar-Pei suitable for apartment living?
   
     Yes, but they need daily exercise otherwise they will begin to feel
     pent-up. This should include more then just taking them out to do
     their duties.
     
   Are Shar-Pei intelligent?
   
     Shar-Pei are very intelligent and excel in obedience training. They
     are quick to learn therefore training should be varied in order to
     maintain their interest.
     
   Do Shar-Pei drool?
   
     Only after they eat do they get slobbery due to water getting
     trapped in the folds of their muzzle. Oh, and of course if they are
     offered some tasty treats!
     
   Can Shar-Pei tolerate extremes in temperature?
   
     Shar-Pei should not be left in the sun for long periods of time as
     they can get over heated easily. In cold weather the Shar-Pei are
     fine but should not live as an outdoor dog. Remember to put
     Vaseline on the pads of their paws to protect them from the salt
     some cities put down for vehicles. This salt can burn the pads of
     their feet and be very painful. The Shar-Pei do not do well with
     climate extremes, "because of the health problems living as an
     outdoor dog presents (i.e., flea bite dermatitis, inhalant
     allergies to plant material) and because of the breed's possible
     increased susceptibility to airborne diseases such as parvo. The
     social isolation associated with living as an outdoor (or kennel)
     dog also is not beneficial to this owner-oriented breed".
     
   What is the general disposition of a Shar-Pei?
   
     "The Shar-Pei is a bright, affectionate dog that makes a terrific
     companion animal. In addition it is an able contender in the
     obedience or agility ring when trained with the appropriate
     methods. It is easily house-trained, exceptionally clean and
     requires minimal grooming. And, it is stable and temperamentally
     dependable when bred by reputable breeders knowledgeable in
     genetics".
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Health Problems

   In general, dogs with any of the following conditions should not be
   bred. You want to make sure that the parents of the puppy you may be
   considering have been cleared or checked for any of these conditions.
   The following health conditions are not present in all Shar-Pei. This
   is an introduction to health problems that may occur in this breed and
   is not intended as a generalization.
   
   If your veterinarian requires more information about the Chinese
   Shar-Pei, send the name and address of your veterinarian (for overseas
   orders, send $2.00 in U.S. funds for postage) to:
   
                               Jeff Vidt, DVM
                             210 S. Park Street
                          Westmont, IL 60559-1940
                                      
  Entropion
  
   The Shar-Pei are 1 of 14 breeds that can have this condition. This is
   where the eyelid rolls in towards the eye, rubbing against the cornea
   and irritating this sensitive structure. Watery eyes, infection, even
   a corneal ulcer, can occur. Surgical correction is required. Dogs with
   this condition should not be bred, as a genetic component is
   suspected.
   
  Hypothyroidism
  
   The thyroid glands secrete a hormone which controls the basic
   metabolic rate of the entire body. Inadequate hormone levels reset the
   body to function at a lower metabolic level. In that case, dogs fatten
   easily on a normal diet, become sluggish, and are easily chilled. Hair
   changes are most noticeable and include loss of hair from the flanks
   and back, increased pigmentation of the skin, scaling and seborrhea
   (an abnormality in the production of skin cells.) Secondary bacterial
   infection of the skin is common. The ears may also be affected,
   filling with thick, yellow greasy material which may predispose the
   dog to ear infections. Blood tests will determine the level of thyroid
   function and administration of thyroid hormone can treat the
   condition.
   
  Familial Shar-Pei Fever and Amyloidosis
  
   Familial Shar-Pei fever also known as "Swollen Hock Syndrome" (SHS)
   typically may include the following symptoms:
    1. Swelling of the hock joint and sometimes other joints can be
       affected.
    2. Reluctance to move.
    3. Sometimes a swollen painful muzzle.
    4. Abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, and shallow breathing.
       
   "Familial Shar-Pei Fever (FSF) is an episodic fever disorder. Shar-Pei
   with this disorder have one or more bouts of unexplained fever,
   usually 103-107 degrees but rare cases may go higher. Fevers usually
   start when they are less then 18 months old but sometimes the first
   attack is not until they are adults. Fever episodes usually become
   less frequent with age. Fevers last 24-36 hours in most cases without
   treatment". The disorder is "thought to result from an inability to
   regulate the immune system. Dogs suffering from this disorder are at
   risk of dying from a related disorder, amyloidosis. Affected Shar-Pei
   with amyloidosis have an inability to break down chemicals released in
   the bloodstream when inflammation results from abnormal deposition of
   amyloid protein throughout the body. While not all dogs with Shar-Pei
   fever die of amyloidosis, when they do, death most commonly occurs
   between the ages of 3 and 5 years".
   
   The CSPCA has setup a charitable fund. A tax-deductible donation may
   be made payable to:
   
                           CSPCA Charitable Fund
                         c/o Lee Arnold, Chairman,
                         P.O. Box 7007, Bedminster,
                                 NJ 07921.
                                      
  Demodectic Mange
  
   The mite, Demodex canis, starts off as small dry areas on the head,
   chest, and legs of the Shar-Pei. Because the dog scratches to relieve
   the intense itching, the skin becomes red and raw with a leathery look
   about it. Check with your veterinarian for prescribed medication,
   shampoos, and other appropriate treatment.
   
  Seborrhea Oleosa
  
   Severe rancid body odor which comes from raw, scaly, bloody skin.
   Could be caused by hypothyroidism, yeast infections, and or food
   allergies. This situation should be immediately discussed with a
   veterinarian and the appropriate shampoos and medication can
   effectively treat this condition.
   
  Malocclusion
  
   Overbites are very common. This can occur due to the misplacement of
   the incisors causing an overcrowding. Extraction at a young age can
   prevent the adult canines from cutting into the hard palate.
   
  Tight Lip Syndrome
  
   This is where the excess flesh from the lower lip covers the teeth
   making it difficult for the Shar-Pei to chew. This excess flesh also
   traps food and is usually associated with an overbite.
   
  Ears
  
   Due to the breed standard calling for small ears, this results in the
   Shar-Pei having very narrow ear canals. Attention should be taken in
   cleaning the ear thoroughly with a vet prescribed ear solution. Do not
   use a Q-tip to dig down in the ear canal. Use a make-up pad to gently
   clean the ear and then let the dog shake.
   
  Nose - Stenotic Nares
  
   These dogs snore because of excess flesh. If the dog is unable to pass
   air with ease, surgery to altar the folds of the nostril may be
   necessary. An "elongated soft palate" is likely to be the cause of
   "respiratory distress."
   
  Carpal Laxity
  
   This is a weakness is the carpal ligaments which causes instability
   and bowing forward in young puppies. Decrease the protein level and
   exercise on a non-slippery surface. In severe cases soft wraps will be
   in order.
   
  Patellar Luxation
  
   Is where the knee cap slips out of its socket. Any Shar-Pei with this
   condition should not be bred.
   
  Hip Dysplasia
  
   A dysplastic dog has an abnormal hip joint where the femur and
   acetabulum are misaligned. This can range in severity from mild
   (controllable) pain to dogs in such agony they must be put down. Make
   sure the parents of any puppy you consider has been cleared of Hip
   Dysplasia through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals.
   
  Regurgitation/Vomiting
  
   "Megaesophagus and or diaphramatic hernias may not be detected until
   the dog is much older when they will appear underweight or emaciated
   with a history of vomiting. This is a developmental defect possibly a
   delayed maturation of the esophageal nueromuscular system. Mild cases
   in young dogs can improve with careful feeding." Feeding the dog by
   elevating the food in such a way as to raise the dog's front end.
   Putting food bowls on a stair or two and then allowing them some time
   to digest in the same position may help.
   
  Cutaneous Mucinosis
  
   "Mucin is the substance in the Shar-Pei skin that causes all the
   wrinkling. It is clear and stringy and acts like glue in fight
   wounds." Some Shar-Pei have an excess of Mucin causing it to form
   clear bubbles on the skin that may rupture and ooze. May be associated
   with possible allergies and can be treated by a alternate day steroid
   therapy.
   
  Torsion/Bloat
  
   Being one of many deep chested breeds, bloat can occur in Shar-Pei.
   Can also be caused by the way you roll your dog. Although similar to
   colic in horses, "bloat and torsion occur when the stomach swells with
   gas and then twists and cuts off its blood supply. Without timely
   surgical intervention the condition is fatal". The dog must see a
   veterinarian as soon as possible.
   
  Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  
   Often complicated by food allergies and or Chronic stress diarrhea.
   Usually responds to a strict hypoallergenic diet.
   
  Allergies
  
   Some Shar-Pei can be susceptible to allergies caused by food, grass,
   plants (indoor and outdoor), flea bite dermatitis an allergy based
   condition where the dog develops an itchy rash in reaction to flea
   saliva after being bitten. Try to keep the dog's living quarters and
   play area as flea free as possible. Other allergies are "Inhalant
   allergies" that causes the dog to lick his/her paws, scratch, and rub
   its muzzle. "Eliminating the allergy's cause, using the correct type
   of shampoo and administering antihistamines or cortisone are common
   forms of treatment". Always consult a Shar-Pei knowledgeable
   veterinarian for proper treatment and care. "In addition some breeders
   believe the Shar-Pei has a weakened immune system that makes it more
   susceptible e to and less able to recover from airborne viruses such
   as parvo. This condition makes timely inoculation especially
   important".
   
  Cancer
  
   "In regard to cancer, several forms have a high incidence in the
   breed. At present, the CSPCA is surveying club members to determine
   which are most prevalent. Once isolated, the organization's Charitable
   Trust plans to fund relevant cancer research".
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Diet

   Food allergies may cause skin and stomach diseases. This breed should
   have a well balanced, preservative free diet and one that is low in
   protein, approximately "(16-21%)." Some alternatives to rawhide and
   store bought treats are raw or cooked veggies when ever you are
   steaming some up for yourself, nothing from the cabbage family or
   onions, and most fruits such as bananas, apricots, apples, etc. are
   also healthy alternatives to store bought treats. No table scraps
   because we as humans tend to dress up our veggies with butter,
   margarine, salt, sugar, and/ or gravy. Anything with soya or beef,
   dyes, or chemical preservatives liked BHA, BHT, or Exthoxyquin should
   be avoided. Instead look for foods that are preserved with vitamins A,
   C, or E. A chemical-free food is often enough to make a huge
   difference in a dog's health.
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Grooming

   The Shar-Pei requires minimal maintenance. Brushing with a good
   bristle brush every other day keeps its unique coat in excellent
   condition. Bathing may occur occasionally using warm water and a good
   shampoo recommended by a vet. Contrary to popular belief the Shar-Pei
   do not need to be bathed every week. This constant bathing will make
   the skin dry (increase itching) and cause the coat to look dull. By
   doing this you will wash all of the dog's natural oils away. Only bath
   the dog if he/ she smells with a vet recommend shampoo for general
   bathing needs. The nails of a Shar-Pei grow fast so frequent clipping
   is in order. Always touch your puppy's paws and the puppy all over to
   get them used to grooming. Because the Shar-Pei have tiny ears
   frequent cleaning is a must. Usually once every week or every two
   weeks depending on the individual dog. Use cotton swabs or make-up
   pads (cotton ones) with an ear solution from your vet. Do not use
   Q-tips as it may push the waxy build-up further down the ear canal.
   After you have cleaned the ears let them shake and then later clean
   the excess. The ears, eyes, and the whole body in general should be
   inspected frequently to have a happy, healthy Shar-Pei.
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Puppy Buyer's Guidelines

   These are just a few suggestions a new prospective owner of a Shar-Pei
   puppy should be aware of and consider when looking for a new puppy:
   
   * Puppies should at least be 8 weeks of age before going to a new
   home. A puppy needs adequate time with his/ her littermates and mother
   for proper socialization to begin.
   
   * Buyers should see both parents. "Although it's normal for a Shar-Pei
   to behave in a standoffish manner when in the presence of strangers,
   neither the sire nor the dam ( nor puppies) should behave in a shy or
   aggressive manner.
   
   * Buyers should look for a puppy that is confident not shy, aggressive
   or fearful.
   
   * Health should be of the utmost importance for a new prospective
   owner. No discharge from the eyes or nose, distended or potbellied
   abdomen, dull coat, and no lethargic behavior.
   
   * Check with the kennel club in your area if you are not sure about
   what papers you are entitled to, but you should not be asked to pay
   extra for the registration papers of your new puppy. Papers included
   in the purchasing g price of your pup are a signed pedigree, copies of
   the contract of sale and health guarantee, a complete health record
   that includes the dates of worming and a veterinarian's certificate
   proving inoculation. "The breeder also should provide written proof he
   or she will take the puppy back within a limited period of time if it
   is found to be ill or suffering from some defect. Dogs should be
   examined by a veterinarian within 48 hours of the sale. Pet quality
   dogs should be sold with a spay/ neuter contract or limited (i.e.
   non-breeding) registration".
   
   * The price of a pet quality Shar-Pei, and again it depends on where
   you live, should be between "$300-$500" in the United States and in
   Canada $600-$800. Show quality starts at $1000 and escalates from
   there.
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Shar-Pei Vet List

   This is a list of Shar-Pei knowledgeable vets throughout North
   America, overseas and abroad, compiled by the CHIS-L list members
   (Chinese Shar-Pei mailing list). It can be found at:
   
   http:/ /www.geocities.com/heartland/meadows/3520/ge00006.htm.
   
   You can also try this web URL for the vet list maintained by the
   Shar-Pei Breeders & Lovers Network.
   
   http://www.miniweb.net/dogs/webring/vets.htm
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Shar-Pei Mailing List

   This is the website for eGroups. At this link you will find a list of
   email groups geared to Chinese Shar-Pei fanciers.
   
   http://www.egroups.com/search?query=shar-pei
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Breeders

   Contact your local kennel club or the parent clubs listed below for a
   list of breeders in your area.
     _________________________________________________________________
   
Clubs

   The American Kennel Club
          5580 Centerview Drive,
          Raleigh, NC 27606.
          Publication: American Kennel Gazette
          
   The Canadian Kennel Club
          100-89 Skyway Avenue,
          Etobicoke, Ont.
          M9W 6R4.
          Publication: Dogs in Canada
          
   Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America
          Vicki Mauk
          8075 Clouse Rd
          New Albany, OH 43054-9716
          VickiMauk@aol.com 
          Publication: The Barker
          
   Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Canada
          Donna Patrick
          (613)-472-0531
          bluetraxDonna@aol.com
          Publication: The Wrinkle Gram
          
   Shar-Pei Club of Victoria Inc.
          
                  Katie Holson
                  P.O. Box 392
                  Box Hill
                  Victoria, Australia, 3128
                
          National Shar-Pei Club of Russia
          
                  Tatiana Chigova
                  Moscow
                  (095) 383-2349
                
   Shar-Pei Club of Great Britain
          
                  Mick Cooper
                          Amberley,
                          449 Chester Road North,
                          Kidderminster, Worcestershire.
                          DY10 1TW
                          mick@spcgb.co.uk
                
                  Publication: The Wrinkle
                The Shar-Pei Club of Sweden
                          Elisabeth Kömüves
                          Alingsåsv 248
                          504 75 BORÅS
                          chagalls@boras.mail.telia.com
                The Shar-Pei Club of France
                          Xavier LEROY
                         12 Grand'Rue,
                         62760 Thièvres
                         shar-pei@i-france.com
                German Shar-Pei Club
                
                 dspc85@cs.com
                
   Alberta Shar-Pei Association
          Secretary
          Acting Secretary
          Cheryl Alfolder
          25 Valley Cres.
          Lacombe, AB T4L1R9
          (780)782-6875
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Rescue

   CANADA
   CSPCC Rescue 
   Please visit the CSPCC Official Rescue Web Site at
          http://www.geocities.com/ Pet sburgh/8304/
          
   UNITED STATES
          
   CSPCA Rescue
   
   Please visit the CSPCA Official Website at
   http://www.cspca.com/rescue.htm
   
   Rescue throughout the United States
   
   Companion Animal Rescue Effort
          Sara Rogers, San Jose, CA
          Equest408F@aol.com
          
   Shar-Pei Rescue of Nashville, Tennesse
             Wendy Cook
          Nashville, TN.
          
                  PeiRescue@aol.com
                
   Seattle Purebred Dog Rescue
          P.O.Box 3523
          Redmond WA 98073
          (206) 654-1117
          
    
   Dominion Shar-Pei Rescue Club,
          Virginia Beach, VA
          Vicky Goldrich
          
    
   SE. Michigan, USA
          Amy Cox (313) 697-1137
          
    
   Lancaster, PA., USA
          Operation Scarlet
          Deb Sylvia, (717) 898-8049
          Dawn Hertzog, (717) 397-6362
          OpScarlet@paonline.com
          
            Dawn.OS@juno.com
           
          
   Northern Virginia, USA
          Sharyl Mayhew (703) 754-0158 (leave message)
          gr8rswis@pop.erols.com
          
    
   Chicago, Illinois, USA
          "RASP", Rescue A Shar-Pei
          Deborah J. Cooper, (708) 848-2226
          dcooper@frontenac.com
          The Mid-Atlantic Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Operation
          Rescue for abused and abandoned Shar-Pei.
          Please contact:
          Joyce Hanes for more information at:
          Phone (301) 881-1221.
          or
          Mrs. Barbara Sellers at (703) 221-5327
          You can also send email to: macspro@aol.com 
          
    
   Other rescue links:
          http://www.cheta.net/connect/canine/rescue/chinshar.htm
          
   For a rescue closer to you contact the Shar-Pei club in your area or
   your local kennel club.
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Suggested Readings

     * Chinese Shar-Pei, The - Debo.
     * Chinese Shar-Pei, World of The - Nicholas.
     * Shar-Pei, Book of The - Brearley.
     * Chinese Shar-Pei, Understanding The - Redditt.
     * Chinese Shar-Pei, An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet -
       Redditt.
     * Puppy Book, The Chinese Shar-Pei - Redditt.
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References

   References used for this FAQ include:
   Nicholas, Anna Katherine. Chinese Shar-Pei. New Jersey: T.F.H.
       Publications. 1990.
       Paulus, Elly. "China Dog." Dog Fancy. Jan. 1995: 44-45.
       Pflaumer, Sharon. "China's Wrinkled Wonder." Dog World. Mar. 1998:
       14-19.
       Weathers Debo, Ellen. The Chinese Shar-Pei. New Jersey: T.F.H.
       Publications. 1986.
       Tintle, Linda DR. DVM. "Familial Shar-Pei Fever, Swollen Hock
       Syndrome and Familial Amyloidosis of Chinese Shar-Pei Dogs: a
       recently described syndrome of dysregulation." The Barker.
       July/Aug. 1994.
       Tintle, Linda DR. DVM. "Chinese Shar-Pei a Guide for The
       Veterinarian ." March. 1994
       American Kennel Club Inc. The Complete Dog Book. 18th ed. New
       York: Howell, 1992.
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    Chinese Shar-Pei FAQ
    
   Heidi Merkli, heidi@direct-internet.net
   Have you hugged your Shar-Pei today?

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