So you’re looking to adopt an Chinese Shar-Pei, or already have one?
According to the American Kennel Club, “The compact, medium-sized Chinese Shar-Pei is an amalgam of odd physical traits: a broad “hippopotamus” muzzle; a blue-black tongue; small, sunken eyes with a scowling expression; tiny triangular ears; abundant folds of loose skin about the head, neck, and shoulders; the tapered high-set tail—all blanketed by a harsh, sandpapery coat. (A literal translation of Shar-Pei: “sand skin.”)Shar-Pei are strong, regal, independent guardians famous for intelligence and loyalty. They are suspicious of strangers and other dogs. Shar-Pei are serene dogs, but they will meet a perceived threat with tenacity and vigor. Early training and socialization are essential—a dominant adult Shar-Pei without them is a serious problem waiting to happen. This fascinating but challenging breed of ancient pedigree is steadfastly loyal to family, but standoffish with strangers. The Chinese Shar-Pei has physical characteristics that make him a one-of-a-kind companion and guardian dog.”
An Chinese Shar-Pei typically ranges from 45.72cm to 50.8cm in height, and weighs from 20.41165665kg to 27.2155422kg.
There are a few pet insurance companies in New Zealand that offer dog insurance for Chinese Shar-Pei breeds. Try Cove Insurance as they are currently offering a one-month free promotion. Typically Chinese Shar-Pei insurance ranges from $30 per month to $65 – but of course this varies depending on a range of other factors such as gender.