FCI - Standard N° 309
DATE OF PUBLICACIÓN OF THE VALID ORIGINAL STANDARD: 14.04.1999
UTILIZATION: Hunting and watchdog
Group 2:(Pinscher and Schnauzer)
Type molossian and Swiss Mountain-and Cattledogs
Section 2.1: Molossian Masstif type Without working Trial
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
This Chinese breed has existed for hundreds of years in the provinces bordering the South China Sea.
The town of Dialak in the province of Kwun Tung is probably the place of origin.
Active, compact, short coupled and squarely built dog of medium size. Wrinkles over skull and withers, small ears and «hippopotamus» muzzle impart to the Shar Pei a unique look. Dogs larger and more powerful that bitches.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS:The height of the Shar Pei from withers to ground is approximately equal to the to length of the body, from point of shoulder to point of buttock especially in males. The length from nose to stop is approximately equal to the length from stop to occiput.
BEHAVIOR - TEMPERAMENT:
Calm, independent, loyal, affectionate to his family.
Rather large in proportion to body. Wrinkles on forehead and cheeks continuing to form dewlap.
Skull: Flat, broad.
Nose: Large and wide, preferably black, but any colour conforming to general coat colour permissible.
Wide opened nostrils.
Muzzle: A distinctive feature of the breed. Broad from root to tip of nose with no suggestion of tapering,
Lips and top of muzzle well padded. Bulge at the base of the nose permissible.
Mouth: Tongue, roof of mouth, gums and flews, bluish black is preferred. Pink spotted tongue permissible.
Solid pink tongue highly undesirable. In dilute coloured dogs the tongue is solid lavender.
Jaws / Teeth: Jaws strong with a perfect scissors bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and
set square to the jaws. Padding of lower lip should not be so excessive as interfere with the bite.
Eyes: Dark, almond-sharped with a scowling expression. Lighter colour permissible in dilute -coloured dogs. Function of eyeball or lid in no way disturbed by surrounding skin, folds or hair. Any sign of irritation of eyeball, conjunctiva or eyelids highly undesirable. Free from entropion.
Ears: Very small, rather thick, equilaterally triangular in shape, slightly rounded at lip and set high on the skull with tips pointing towards eyes, set well forward over eyes wide apart and close to skull. Pricked ears highly undesirable.
Medium length, strong set well on shoulders, The loose skin under the neck should not be excessive.
Folds of skin on body in mature dogs highly undesirable, except on withers and base of tail,
which show moderate wrinkling.
Topline: Dips slightly behind wither then it rises slightly over loin.
Back: Short, strong
Loin: Short, broad, slightly arched
Croup: Rather flat
Chest: Broad and deep, brisket reaching the elbow
Underline: Rises slightly under the loin.
Thick and round at the root. Tapering to a fine point. The tail is set very high, a characteristic feature of the breed. May be carried high and curved, carried in right curl or curved over or to either side of the back. Lack of or incomplete tail highly undesirable.
Forelegs, straight, moderate length, good bone. The skin on forelegs shows no wrinkle.
Shoulders: Muscular, well laid and sloping.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Slightly sloping strong and flexible.
Muscular, strong moderately angulated, perpendicular to the ground and parallel to each other when viewed from the read. Wrinkles on upper thighs lower thighs, rear pasterns as well as the thickening of the skin on backs undesirable.
Hocks: Well set down.
Moderate size, compact, not splayed. Toes well knuckled. Hindfeet free from dewclaws.
GAIT / MOVEMENT:
The preferred gait is trot. The gait is free, balanced, active with good forward and strong drive from
the hindquarters. The feet tend to converge to a centerline when the speed increases. Stilted gait undesirable.
A distinctive feature of breed: short, harsh and bristly. The coat is straight and offstanding on the body,
but generally flatter on the limbs. No undercoat. The coat may vary in length from 1 cm. To 2,5 cm.
All solid colours acceptable except white. Tail and rear part of thighs frequently of a lighter colour.
Darker shading down the back on the ears permissible.
Height: 44 - 51 cm at withers (17,5 - 20 in)
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which
the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Deviation from scissors bite (as a transitory measure a very slightly undershot mouth is permissible). photo
Snippy muzzle photo
Spotted tongue (except pink spotted tongue)
Large ears photo
Low set tail
Coat longer than 2,5 cm
Flat foreface with badly undershot bite, overshot bite
Solid pink tongue
Lower lip rolled in, interfering with the bite
Round bulging eye photo
Skin folds or hair disturbing the normal function of the eye.
Absence of tail, stumpy tail
Heavy folds of skin on body (except withers and base of tail) and limbs
Not a solid colour (albino, brindle, patches, spots, black, and tan, saddled pattern)
Male animals, should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Any artificial physical alteration to the Shar-Pei (in particular lips and eyelines)
eliminates the dog from competition