14+ Amazing Facts About Shar-Peis You Might Not Know

Shar-Pei means sand skin. At first glance, it is not clear what this is about, but if you remember that this dog was originally a fighting dog, then everything falls into place. Excess skin and folds, like sand, seep from the mouth of the enemy, even biting through the fold, the enemy does not cause significant harm to the sharpie.

#1 Because of its fighting ability and prickly coat, the Shar-Pei is also known as the “sharkskin dog,” the “oriental fighting dog,” the “Chinese bulldog,” or the “oriental gladiator.”

#2 During the Communist Revolution, the Shar-Pei population was decimated, because dogs were seen as a luxury and communists slaughtered many of the traditional Chinese breeds.

#3 Shar-Peis have two different types of muzzles: if its muzzle is heavily padded, the Shar Pei is known as a “meat mouth”; if its mouth is less padded, it is known as a “bone mouth.”

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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