The Miniature Shar Pei or Mini Shar Pei is a breed of versatile dogs that are somewhat smaller in size than the Standard Chinese Shar Pei. It is a compact, medium-sized dog with a square profile, well-proportioned head slightly large for its body, dark, small, almond-shaped eyes, small, triangular ears, broad and full muzzle, medium length neck, broad and deep chest, straight legs, and high set tail. The most recognizable feature of this breed is the wrinkles covering its head and neck, adding to its cuteness and charm.
|Other Names||Mini Pei|
|Coat||Horse coat: short, harsh, does not exceed one-quarter inch
Brush coat: velvety, not more than one inch
Bear coat: wavy, smooth, more than one inch
|Color||Cream, chocolate, apricot, fawn, blue, red, lilac, or black|
|Size of Litter||Around 4-6 puppies|
|Temperament||Intelligent, dignified, alert, devoted, snobbish|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Barking||Medium to high|
|Country Originated in||China|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||ACA, ACR, ANKC, AKC, APRI, CKC, FCI, DRA, MSPCA, KCGB, UKC, NKC, NZKC|
Its origin dates to 200 BC and its ancestors are thought to be related to the Bulldogs, Terriers, Mastiffs, and Chow Chows. Over the years, the Shar Pei was used for protecting stock, hunting, and guarding the family, as well as a farm dog in the countryside. Later, it was also developed for dog fighting.
During the Chinese Communist Revolution, some dogs were rescued by a businessman from Hong Kong, named Matgo Law who asked the American dog lovers to help save the breed in the 1970s. From the few dogs rescued, the Shar Pei fancy was formed, and it grew in popularity over the decades.
The Mini Sher Pai was created as a downsized Shar Pei in which the small size comes from the recessive gene in their DNA. The breeders now think that the recessive gene will become dominant through selective breeding.
The Mini Shar Pei is a confident, affectionate, and naturally quiet dog that bonds closely with its family. Known for its intelligence and loyalty, the Miniature Shar Pei is a strong, independent guardian that will meet a threat with tenacity.
It can be suspicious toward unknown people and other dogs unless trained at a young age. If introduced to children and other animals while it is young, it can get along well with them, making a delightful companion.
As a smart and willing dog, it responds well to training but requires a firm, consistent, and confident handler.
When you bring a Mini Pei puppy home, make sure that you start its socialization training after 6-7 weeks. Take it out on a walk to a public place and expose it to a wide variety of men, women, and children. Ensure that it hangs out with you and your family members, as well as make time for meeting your neighbors and their well-socialized pets so it can play with them.
As a responsible dog owner, you should teach your Mini Pei to be obedient and reinforce good behavior in it. You can teach some of the most straightforward and basic commands in obedience, including sit, come, stay, down, and leave it.
Give it a high-quality dry dog food appropriate to its age. It needs natural sources of protein like meat, and good sources of fat such as fish oil. You may avoid wheat, corn, and soy in its food and replace them with oats or barley.