HISTORY OF THE SHAR-PEI
The Shar Pei is an ancient , unique and interesting breed, perhaps related to the smooth coated Chow Chow and the Tibetan Mastiff .
The Shar-Pei breed originated somewhere in China . The exact place of origin is not certain but statues indicate they came from somewhere
in Southern China - Tibet or Dah-let . The breed was developed as a working companion for farmers and peasants generally used as utility
dogs such as herding cattle and guarding the home and family . They were also known as tomb dogs, relating to the discovery in ancient
tombs of 2000 year old statues bearing their likeness . It is said that they originated in a small village near Kwangtung Province and has
existed for centuries in the southern provinces of China, apparently since the Han Dynasty around 200 B.C.
The history of the Chinese Shar Pei in modern times is incomplete. However it is known that when China became a communist country, a tax
was brought in that made the keeping of dogs a luxury and basically out of reach of the average farmer so as a communist nation, dogs were
considered a luxury that took available food away from humans. Taxes on pets essentially eliminated the dog population in China.
In 1947 the tax was increased and breeding banned. This led to the Shar-Pei becoming an endangered breed and it was listed with the
Guinness Book of Records in 1978 as the world's rarest dog. No dogs were seen in the cities and few dogs remained in the countryside.
During this time, a few breeders in the British colony of Hong Kong and in Taiwan acquired a few of the Chinese Shar Pei.
Matgo Law was one and in 1973 he and fellow breeder C.M. Chung began a campaign to save the breed with a plea for help in dog magazines.
Strong interest in the breed increased in 1973 when Matgo Law of Down Homes Kennels in Hong Kong and fellow breeder C.M. Chung began
a campaign to save the Chinese Shar Pei breed through appeals to dog fanciers in the United States. The response was enthusiastic, and
because of their rarity, a limited number of Shar Pei arrived in the United States in the fall of 1973.
The name Shar-Pei literally translates to mean SAND SKIN. Their wrinkled coat in which “they grow into their skin” makes the Shar-Pei breed
unique in the dog world.
Shar Pei’s comes in three different coat types: horse, brush and bear coat . The unusual horse coat is rough to touch, prickly and is closer to
the original traditional Shar Pei breed in appearance and coat type than the brush or bear coat . The brush-coated variety have slightly longer
hair and a smoother feel to them . Unlike the two coat types above, the bearcoat is so much longer than the brush and horse coats that, in
most cases, one can not see the famous wrinkles . A bear coat can occur in any litter. Bearcoats are not due to the addition of other breeds ,
Bearcoats were actually the Elite part of the breed owned mostly by wealthy aristocrats in China prior to Mao's cultural revolution and the first to
be exterminated by the regime for being considered bourgeois. Bearcoats can be seen in Chinese art throughout history, and are considered
to be one of the oldest breeds on earth . The Shar Pei shares a distinctive characteristic with another breed, the Chow Chow, in having a
blue-black tongue, which may indicate an ancestor common to both breeds . It was believed in ancient times that the dark mouth of the
Chow-Chow, exposed when barking, helped to ward off evil spirits.
The Shar-Pei tail is carried over the back 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 the third is carried in an arch over the back. The unique tail set of the Shar-Pei shows how its strong , brave and proud
breed that it is .
The short harsh coat, the loose skin covering the head and body, the small ears, the "hippopotamus" muzzle shape and the high tail set
give the Shar Pei a unique look all of its own.
Shar-pei have been called the Chinese Fighting dog. This is a misnomer of sorts as they are not a dog who will savagely seek out disputes
with other animals. The Shar-Pei are thought of more for their hunting heritage than that of a fighting dog . Shar-pei’s make excellent guard
dogs and they are not excessive barkers .
Shar-Pei’s have been known to have lived up to 15 years.
AVERAGE SIZE & WEIGHT
Height at shoulder:
46-51cms (18-20 inches) at the withers.
Dogs being larger than bitches.
The average Shar-pei adult weight is about 20kgs.
BREED PERSONALITY / CHARACTERISTICS / TEMPERAMENT
Shar-Pei’s are intelligent dogs needing little training. They are extremely loyal and devoted to their family. They can be reserved in the
presence of strangers . They are an independent, regal, alert, dignified animal with a calm and confident stature. They are a natural
household guard and are easily housebroken as a puppy . Being an exceptionally intelligent dog makes the Shar-pei an ideal companion.
Whether your intention is to exhibit at conformation shows, participate in obedience trials or just to own a loving, loyal pet, the Shar-pei
is sure to bring great satisfaction. They are not noisy dogs and an alarmed reaction is usually worth investigating on the owners' behalf.
They enjoy both the open spaces of a country lifestyle and the suburban neighbourhood life, and are equally happy indoors or out.
They excel at obedience work and delight in pleasing their owners, which makes them a pleasure to train . Shar-Pei’s can be a one person
dog, although living in a family situation they will love everyone. They will always have their own person and it may not be the one you
choose but the one they choose to bond with. The ideal owner will appreciate the loyalty this breed exhibits .
COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS
The Shar-Pei is primarily a working dog, although it is placed in the non-sporting classification. Socialization with other animals is
important, as is any pack breed dog . Personality and temperament is an individual thing. Some Shar-Pei will live quite happily
around other animals and livestock . Generally, Shar-Pei are very good with children and other pets when they are reared with them
and they will take to them in a protective manner as a guardian.
Shar-Pei’s are very easy to look after. Weighing around 20kg they are an ideal size for walking, bathing and general maintenance.
Contrary to common misperceptions they do not require special maintenance of their abundant wrinkles. Normal dog management,
vaccinating, worming, bathing and general welfare will ensure you a healthy dog. They are not a smelly dog and the length of the
coat means hardly no brushing is required. The Shar-Pei has little to no shedding.
Attention needs to be paid to the ears as they can get dirty due to the lack of air circulation. Shar-Pei are a people dog. They need
to be in social contact with their owner/s on a daily basis. They are adaptable to most lifestyles providing they are treated as part
of the family and given love and attention. They enjoy playing with people and other dogs but are quite content to sit at their
owner's feet or travel around in the car.
Dietary requirements are a simple well-balanced dog diet with special attention paid to avoiding artificial colors, preservatives and
red meat. Other ingredients to be avoided are corn and soy products. These can lead to allergic reactions in this breed which has
evolved on a very simple diet from the peasant farmers to whom we owe great thanks for their survival.
Care / Grooming
They are easy to look after and contrary to common misperceptions they do not require special maintenance of their abundant wrinkles. Normal dog management, vaccinating, worming, treating for fleas, bathing, and general welfare will ensure you a healthy dog. 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. 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.
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 may be required. If your dog is in need of ENTROPION surgery be advised to shop around ,
as this surgery usually costs around $1000 .
Puppies open their eyes at about 10-14 days of age. In Shar-Pei, this is often when the first symptoms of entropion appear. Typically the puppies open their eyes, but quickly they begin squinting and closing them. Often there is a mucous eye discharge and these puppies usually don't eat well or gain weight like their littermates. EYE TACKING is a temporary measure in which sutures (stitches) are placed in the eye lids to roll the lids "out" of the eyeball. Often this can be done without anaesthesia in very young puppies (2-4 weeks of age). Sometimes gas anaesthesia is used. Nylon sutures are placed in the eyelids which opens the eyes. Often an antibiotic eye ointment is dispensed to help heal any corneal ulcers and prevent secondary bacterial infections. These sutures are left in place for as long as possible - up to 4 weeks in some cases. The tacks can be replaced as needed until a permanent repair procedure can be done. If the sutures loosen up or are causing problems, they can be removed. Eye tacking can result in permanent repair of entropion, but its primary goal is to prevent serious eye damage until the pup is old enough to undergo permanent entropion repair - around 6-8 months of age. Puppies who have their eyes tacked may or may not need permanent entropion repair later on - there is not much correlation between the two.
ENTROPION IN YOUNG PUPPIES CAN RESULT IN CORNEAL ULCERATION AND IS A MEDICAL EMERGENCY - SEE YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY!
Permanent ENTROPION SURGERY is often done in Shar-Pei after they reach the age of 6-8 months old. This is the age at which most pups are full grown and have "grown into" their heads. Permanent repair is a surgical procedure that will result in correction of the eyelid problem. Its success depends on the experience and artistry of the surgeon and sometimes referral to a veterinary ophthalmologist is recommended. The procedure involves various techniques to remove excessive eyelid tissue from the lids, tighten up the eye opening and sometimes remove extra folds of skin around the eyes.
Typically the dogs look worse for a few days after the surgery due to the swelling that occurs and they often sport an Elizabethan or "lampshade" collar to protect the sutures. Stitches are usually removed in 7-14 days.
It should be noted that Shar-Pei eyes can be very sensitive to allergies and can swell shut due to environmental allergens (dust, cigarette smoke), this can cause the appearance of entropion but doing the surgery will not solve the problem. Tracking down the offending allergen and removing it from the environment will correct the problem. Entropion can also be caused by stress – commonly referred to as "stress entropion" – this is again a temporary situation and once the dog is removed from the stressful situation, the eyes will recover. If their cornea gets a scratch, or if they bump their eye, again the tissue surrounding the eye can swell, causing the eye to shut, tacking is advised for these situations, as it is a temporary problem.
Cherry eye – protrusion of the third eyelid - is another fairly common problem in the breed. The gland for the third eyelid becomes unattached and can be seen as a round red blob at the inner corner of the eye. When particularly large it can in fact obscure the entire eye. Whilst it doesn’t hurt the dog or affect it in any way it is unsightly and if left untreated can cause problems. Treatment consists of surgery to place the gland back into place and tie it down with sutures. This type of surgery is generally very successful though there are rare occurrences when the gland pops back out. If this should happen then it is generally recommended that the entire gland be removed. Should the gland itself be removed then drops have to be put in the dog’s eye for the rest of its life to prevent what is commonly referred to as "dry" eye. It should be noted that if one of the glands comes lose, the other eye will also be affected. Should this happen to your dog it is worth trying to wait an extra couple of weeks, if possible, to see if the other gland goes so your dog doesn’t have to go through two doses of anaesthesia in a short period of time. Unfortunately, there is no way "preventive" surgery can be done, the gland actually has to come out before it can be repaired.
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, diarrhoea, 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 amylodosis, when they do, death most commonly occurs between the ages of 3 and 5 years".
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Demodectic mange is caused by the demodex mite, ALL dogs have these mites living in their skin. In a healthy animal the parasite and host co-exist in relative harmony. The dog's own immune system will keep the numbers of the mites in check and maintain the balance. Certain periods of growth (adolescence) or times of stress (vaccinations, coming into heat for bitches) can cause temporary impairment to the dog's immune system, which leads to a proliferation in the mites numbers. What will be seen is small patches of hair loss (generally circular) particularly on the head and sometimes on the trunk, this is referred to as juvenile or localized demodex. Current veterinary theory is to leave such small patches well alone, in a healthy puppy or dog the immune system will re-assert itself, the patches of hairlessness will recede and the hair will grow back. More of a problem is when the immune system cannot, for some reason, cope with the large numbers of mites and it turns into generalized demodex. Generalized demodex shows large numbers of mites in a skin scraping, large patchy hair loss, and in very bad cases, total baldness. Dogs with generalized demodex have a faulty immune system and should NOT, under any circumstances, ever be bred. Treatment consists of Mitaban dips once every two weeks until several concurrent negative skin scrapings have been obtained or more popular now, Ivermectin given either orally or via injection. Mitaban is a highly toxic chemical, and care should be taken when using it both for the people and the dog, use in puppies under six months is contra-indicated and dips should NEVER be closer than two weeks apart. Ivermectin as a treatment of demodex is becoming more popular and is generally considered to be less toxic on the dog's system. Whichever method is used though, it should ALWAYS be done with veterinary supervision.
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.
Due to the breed standard calling for small ears, this results in the Shar-Pei having very narrow ear canals.
The primary problem with ear cleaning in the Shar-Pei breed centres around inadequate training and lack of control of the dog. If the dog will not let you clean the ears you will not be able to treat the ears. The training process begins in puppy hood and involves discipline and positive reinforcement methods which are beyond the scope of this article. Suffice it to say that you should train you dog as a puppy to tolerate ear cleaning. I will also be the first to say that some of the problem in cleaning the ears rests in the most common method of ear cleaning used today - the cotton swab. Improper use of the cotton swab results in trauma to the ear canal with swelling, pain and an uncooperative patient.
The best way to clean the ear canal is to "float" debris out of the canal using an ear cleaning solution. A wide variety of such solutions are available on the market with none being better than any of the others. Try different ones and see which works best for you. My personal favourites are Pan-Otic and Nolvasan Otic. Do not use hydrogen peroxide! The foaming action bothers the dog and the peroxide breaks down into oxygen and water in the ear. It is usually wise to clean the ears outdoors because the principle here is to allow the cleaning solution to loosen the debris and the dog to shake the material out of the ear.
The ear canal is filled up with the cleaning solution, gently massage, and then the dog is allowed to shake its head. Stand Back! Material tends to catch on the inside of the ear flap where it is wiped off with cotton balls and the whole process is repeated. This is done several times until no more debris in collected. At this point a cotton swab can be gently inserted into the ear canal to soak up any remaining ear cleaning solution. Do not clean the ear with the cotton swab! After the ear is thoroughly dried, the appropriate ear medication is instilled into the ear canal as directed by your veterinarian. It is often a good training technique to give the dog some sort of a special treat at this point to positively reward the dog. This may make future sessions more pleasant. In ears that have severe disease, it is often a good idea to treat the ear for several days with medication first before attempting to clean the ears. This allows the swelling and pain to subside first and allow the dog to tolerate the cleaning procedure better. In such cases it may also be a good idea to have your veterinarian anaesthetize the dog and clean the ears before any home therapy is done. This also allows your veterinarian the opportunity to examine the ear more thoroughly.
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.
Is where the knee cap slips out of its socket. Any Shar-Pei with this condition should not be bred.
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.
"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.
"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 an alternate day steroid therapy. Mucin is what makes Shar-Pei skin wrinkle and gives them padding on their muzzles and hocks. It is normal for Shar-Pei. Sometimes excessive mucin bubbles up in the skin, forming vesicles. This is called cutaneous mucinosis. These vesicles can be fragile and spontaneously break if the condition is severe or the bubbles of mucin may rupture during rough play, etc., causing the sticky substance to ooze out. It is normally not a problem for the dog. If it is excessive, e.g. causing much spontaneous rupture followed by healing scabby areas or if the skin is tearing frequently, the production of mucin can be shut down by low dosages of prednisone or other corticosteroids. Usually very low doses of alternate day prednisone result in dramatic improvement. If it is not bothering the dog, I would not treat it because corticosteroids are not without risk. Sometimes Shar-Pei will “lose” their muzzles because of steroids administered medically or because they are stressed by fever or illness and their own body’s production of cortisol by the adrenal glands will cause the mucin to “shrink”. Usually, they will return to normal with time but sometimes they never regain their old appearance.
Mucinosis frequently occurs on the neck, forelimbs, shoulder area, hocks and about the anus.
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 diarrhoea. Usually responds to a strict hypoallergenic diet.
In regard to cancer, several forms have a high incidence in the breed.
Both inhalant and food allergies are very common in most dogs. The symptoms generally express themselves in hair loss, intense itching and infected ears, the skin between the toes of the feet might well be swollen and red. Allergies are caused by an over-reaction of the immune system and again can be split into two groups, acquired and inherited. Acquired allergies show up in a mature dog which previously never had any problems. Trying to find the offending substance can be like searching for a needle in a haystack, various allergy tests are offered and can be either by the traditional "skin scrape" method or by blood tests. The blood test is mostly used in an attempt to track food allergies, it is not a terribly reliable test, but it is useful in indicating what direction to go in. The "skin scrape" is similar to the kind of testing done in people.
Food allergies whilst hard to track down are also relatively easy to treat - the offending food substance is removed from the dog's diet. The best way to prevent food allergies is to feed your dog a high quality, PREMIUM dog food, without soy, corn or wheat.
Inhalant allergies are, for the most part, impossible to treat. The best that can be hoped for is maintaining the dog as comfortably as possible. Inhalant allergies are generally worse in the summer and fall when pollen, moulds and seeds are abundant. As with people, it is possible to get "allergy" shots for dogs which might help to alleviate some of the symptoms.
Inherited allergies will generally show up in a much younger dog, sometimes as young as three months but nearly always by the time a dog has turned a year. Again dogs with inherited allergies should NEVER be bred. The treatment for dogs with inherited allergies is the same as for those with acquired.
Another very common cause of skin problems are fleas. Many dogs are very allergic to the saliva of the flea. Symptoms are intense itching and scratching; it can take only one bite to set a severely allergic dog into ripping its skin apart. The best solution for fleabite allergies is PREVENTION. These days there are some excellent flea preventives available, both Frontline and Advantage are highly recommended, Program is another method, however this particular method does not actually kill the fleas that are biting your dog but sterilizes them so they can’t re-produce. If fleas are a problem they you also have to treat the environment your dog lives in by removing fleas from your house and yard.
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. 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. White meat such as chicken & turkey are much suited to this breed . Avoid RED meat !! Bones must be avoided & chewy rawhides are no good for this breed .
Familial Shar Pei fever (FSF) is a serious congenital disease that causes short fevers lasting up to 24 hours, usually accompanied by
accumulation of fluid around the ankles (called Swollen Hock Syndrome). These fevers may or may not recur at more frequent
intervals and become more intense. Amyloidosis, a long-term condition, is most likely related to FSF, caused by unprocessed
amyloid proteins depositing in the organs, most often in the kidneys or liver, leading eventually to renal failure. There is no early test
for FSF, but as it is congenital, the dog is either born with it or without it, and if one attack occurs (usually brought on by excessive
emotional or physical stress), the dog will always be susceptible to another. With proper care, a Shar-Pei with FSF can live a completely
normal and long life.
A common problem is a painful eye condition, entropion, in which the eyelashes curl inward, irritating the eye. Untreated, it can cause
blindness. This condition can be fixed by surgery ("tacking" the eyelids up so they will not roll onto the eyeball for puppies or surgically
removing extra skin in adolescent and older Shar Pei) .
Chinese Shar Pei can be notoriously allergic to food products that contain soy, corn, wheat, gluten or sugars (or can develop these allergies
without proper care early on).
It is also recommended in the breed now to use a low protein diet to help prevent these allergies. Often, the consumption of these types
of poor quality foods result in allergic skin reactions. Shar Pei whose food intake is restricted to better-quality foods free of corn, soy, wheat,
and gluten will enjoy much healthier lives with little or no skin irritation, itching, or sores.
Responsible breeders work with great success to reduce the frequency of these genetic problems, and so finding an experienced,
well-established Shar-Pei breeder is important. Some problems (i.e., the need for eye tacking) can be virtually eliminated from
experienced breeders' litters. The breeder will also give the best and most detailed diet information specific to their Shar-Pei.
Lao-Tzu, Martin Prince's dog in The Simpsons, appeared in two episodes:
"Bart's Dog Gets an F" and "Two Dozen and One Greyhounds".
Fu Dog from the Disney cartoon American Dragon: Jake Long is a Shar Pei.
Satchel, from the syndicated comic strip Get Fuzzy, is half yellow lab and half Shar Pei.
Malcolm and Derek, from the TV version of Creature Comforts
A Shar Pei appears in the television show Lost as character Sun Kwon's pet, Bpo Bpo.
In a British television advert for a Garnier anti-wrinkle cream, a Shar Pei puppy is featured.
New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight had a Shar Pei named Nikko that went on tour with him and appeared in many
magazine articles and pictures focused on the group.
In Australia and New Zealand, a Shar Pei puppy named Roly has been used for many years in television commercials for Purex
Popeye, a Shar Pei dog that appeared in Hong Kong TVB comedy shows.
Zac Lichman from Big Brother had a Shar Pei named Molly, who undertook a task on Day 55 and was also reunited.
G-Dragon from the popular Korean hip-hop group Big Bang has a Shar Pei puppy named Gaho. Gaho is featured several times in
a documentary, GDTV, from Mnet. respectively 'meat-mouth' and 'bone-mouth' Shar-Pei.