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While not exactly like its ancient ancestor, their distinctive skin folds and black tongues make Shar-Peis hard to mistake! Renowned as an intelligent, often headstrong breed, early socialization and training can help to make a Shar-Pei an ideal family dog.
Most of the U.S. Shar-Pei population originates from around 200 individual dogs imported from China in the 1970s. Despite the best efforts of responsible breeders, Shar-Peis are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses which Shar-Peis are prone to include eye problems such as entropion; breathing issues such as brachycephalic syndrome, systemic diseases such as Familial Shar-Pei Fever; skin conditions such as demodicosis and atopy; and hip problems such as hip dysplasia.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Shar-Pei inherits more than just the trademark black tongue, you’re covered.