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  • Shar Pei

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    The Shar-Pei is a breed of dog known for its deep wrinkles and blue-black tongue. The breed originates from Canton, China. The English name (沙皮, pinyin: shā pí) is probably derived from the British spelling of the Cantonese equivalent, sā pèih, which translates to "sand skin" and refers to the texture of its short, rough coat. As puppies, Shar Pei have numerous wrinkles, but as they mature, these loosen and spread out as they "grow into their skin." Shar Pei were named in 1978 as one of the world's rarest dog breeds by TIME magazine and the Guinness World Records. Although the Shar Pei has been identified as a basal breed that predates the emergence of the modern breeds in the 19th century, the American Kennel Club recognized it as their 134th breed only in 1992.

  • Miniature Shar Pei

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    The Miniature Shar Pei or Mini Pei is a breed of dog with slightly smaller proportions than the larger Standard Shar Pei. They have been bred to be smaller in size through a recessive gene carried in their DNA. The reduced size of this breed creates a versatile dog that is unique yet small, making for a good family companion.

  • Bone-mouth

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    Bone-mouth or Guzui (骨嘴, pinyin: gǔ zuǐ), literally "bony snout" in Mandarin Chinese, is the original type of the Shar Pei dog breed. There are two varieties of Shar Pei and the bone-mouth is the more traditional type, with fewer skin wrinkles, a "roof-tile" muzzle, pointed tail, short hair (a "sandpaper" coat). By contrast, the meat-mouth Shar-Pei has a heavier muzzle (or "hippopotamus look") with fleshy padding and longer hair (a brushy coat). Breeders in China (particularly in Southern China, Hong Kong and Macau) commonly gave the name bone-mouth to the traditional type found originally in Dali (also Dailek or Dailet), Nanhai District (Namhoi City), Guangdong Province, because of its muzzle type. Chinese breeders tended to regard the meat-mouth Shar-Pei as a later development of breeding in western countries. A key breed standard of the traditional bone-mouth is that of the Sharpei Club of Hong Kong – a standard formerly known as FCI 309/1994.

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