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Old 01-05-2011, 07:54 PM
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Shar Pei are low energy, the epitome of a couch potato, and despite what many people think if you get them from a reputable breeder they don't have all the problems, they require little grooming, only routine ear cleaning, and bathing every two weeks or so, there are two recognized coat types, the one that sheds the least is the horse coat, I have met some bad shar pei who came from bad breeding and poor socialization, I have owned four shar pei and they all have been extremely people friendly, dog friendly, I could go on and on about how great I think they are, I will say they are not a dog for everyone, but for me they are personally my favorite breed that I have owned. Oh and most of the time the prey drive derives not from a certain breed per-say but from the dog itself. Out of my four shar pei only one had any prey drive what so ever and it was not very intense. If you have any questions just ask...Hope you find your perfect dog..good luck!
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:09 PM
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I can't believe that you posted Shar Pei. That's the breed that I've been wanting, but reading about their prey drive I got scared off. I had a Shar Pei before for a year (he died of kidney failure). He was fine with my cats and played fine with a little Pekingese, but from what I've been reading, I figured he was an exception to the rule. So this makes me feel soooo much better.
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:33 PM
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I can't believe that you posted Shar Pei. That's the breed that I've been wanting, but reading about their prey drive I got scared off. I had a Shar Pei before for a year (he died of kidney failure). He was fine with my cats and played fine with a little Pekingese, but from what I've been reading, I figured he was an exception to the rule. So this makes me feel soooo much better.
Ha Ha! Great minds think alike..lol..anywho..Like I said its the dog not necessarily the breed that contributes to prey drive its the dog, there are exceptions yes but, todays shar pei is not bred like they used to be, My Pei I own right now Is the epitome of AMAZING not just to me I constantly get people who have heard horror stories of shar pei and their behavior yet when they meet her they are just blown away by her manners with human and animal alike. She goes everywhere with me. I work at a horse farm and she is always tagging along and there are all kinds of animals that she could go after such as cats, ducks, horses, and chickens...lol..It has a lot to do with selecting the right puppy from the litter and just be consistent in your training...I know a breeder in Georgia who is reasonably priced and we have bought all our Shar Pei from them...they have a website If your interested in taking a look...Home of Kare-N-Kanines Pet Ranch Like I said if you have any other questions about the breed feel free to ask..
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Ooo i like the pei suggestion. I think thats a perfect idea
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I hope it wasn't a 1 yr old who died of kidney failure.

I love shar pei's
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Old 01-05-2011, 08:40 PM
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Side note: only one of our Pei have died from a hereditary disease...Our male recently died from amloiydosis associated with shar pei fever (which is basically kidney failure and most likely what your pei had not many vets are educated on shar pei) but he live to be 6 1/2 yrs old which is amazing for a dog with that...they usually get sick during their puberty years 1-2 yrs of age!
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but he live to be 6 1/2 yrs old
Okay so this bothered me I meant to say LIVED...
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My Shar Pei that died of kidney failure was a couple of years old, not exactly sure since he came from an animal shelter. He had all of the major Shar Pei health problems- fevers, swollen hock syndrome, ear infections, entropion and then kidney failure. His short life was plagued with health problems.

Lahorsewhisperer- thank you for the link to your Shar Pei breeder. They really are affordable and very nice looking Peis. How old is your oldest Pei from them? What is your regimen for keeping ears clean? Thanks in advance!
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The thing to understand about shar peis is that they were originally bred to be fighting dogs, but the tosa inu became more popular so the peis almost died out. That's why their skin is so loose- its hard for another dog to get at their throats.

I'm not sure why people are telling you that they are low prey drive- they're not. They're not active in the house, but they do have a fairly high prey drive and they can be very dog aggressive. They are very chow chow like in temperament, so if you don't like chow chows, you won't like sharpeis.

I would suggest Havanese, but you said you don't want to groom.

Cresteds are very high energy little dogs, and I know quite a few in agility and fly ball. I don't do fly ball, but I like to watch. They are anything but couch potatoes.

Pugs- I don't like pugs LOL so I've never researched them. I don't like dogs that snort and snore and belch all the time. I don't know anyone who has a pug in agility, so they can't be that active. *shrug* just my experience.

Have you thought of a pomeranian? They'll have less grooming then a shih tzu, but they can be pretty active for a toy breed.

I'd suggest Papillon, but you said you were a couch potatoe and these guys are anything BUT that.

Have you thought about toy doxies? They're fiesty in temperament, but the same size as your 'tzus and I doubt they'd damage them. You could get a short haired doxie and not have to worry about grooming.
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I know someone with 2 peis and they are total opposites...
So I guess your best bet is to start looking at the breed in detail and also finding out the temperament and drives of the dogs belonging to all breeders you are interested in.


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Pugs- I don't like pugs LOL so I've never researched them. I don't like dogs that snort and snore and belch all the time. I don't know anyone who has a pug in agility, so they can't be that active. *shrug* just my experience.
lol!
I did agility with my pug!
Tho I never got the chance to formally compete.
But there are plenty of pugs that do!
Still, I think most pugs are pretty middle of the road energywise.

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