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HERE IS A LOT OF HELPFUL TIPS ON HOW TO TREAT AND TAKE CARE OF THE PEI THAT LOVES YOU! I WROTE MY ON LIST TOO, SO WHEN YOU GET A BABY FROM ME , MY LIST WILL HELP YOU A LOT! TAKEN CARE OF A PEI IS NOT AS HARD AS IT SOUNDS. JUST ASK ME!!

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IF ANY OF THE BELOW SCARES YOU THIS MAY NOT BE THE BREED FOR YOU. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTION PLEASE ASK. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU KNOW ALL OF THESE THINGS ABOUT A CHINESE SHAR PEI BEFORE YOU ARE OWNED BY ONE.

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How To Care for your Shar Pei
By: Jodi Timmons
JoJo's Wrinkles
Feeding:
Feed your Chinese shar-pei high-grade dog food. The first ingredient should be meat. Crude protein should be 17 to 20 percent and crude fat no more than 20 percent. Also, the fiber content needs to be 4 percent or less. For treats I use cottage cheese, yogurt, and sardines, liver cheese. Try using something you would eat not store bought treats.
Its usually not the best to buy the most expensive food. Look at the back of all the dog food at you supermarket, pet store, or feed store. Usually the least expensive food has less protein then the most expensive food. Shar Pei's DO NOT need more then 20% protein in their food. I use a food that has 17%. So the less protein the better! Only feed adult small bite food. Never feed puppy food!
If your Shar Pei wants to eat everything when you feed him/her. You need to feed 2x's a day, instead of leaving the food out all the time. You do not want your puppy to grain weight to fast. This could hurt his bones and they will not grow correctly.
Most Pei's will drool after eating and drinking. You will have to wipe their mouths.
I also give my Pei's human vitamins. Vitamin C, E, and Omega 3. I give them these 3x's a week. When shedding I give everyday for 2 weeks. You can also pour a little cod liver oil over their food 2x's a week. And rub some cod liver oil into the skin too.
 
Teaching your Pei to act good around other people and dogs:
Socialize your Chinese shar-pei at a very early age to be with children and other pets and dogs. They're very playful with children but can be aggressive with other dogs. Its good to take your Pei with you to pet stores, pet play grounds, and for walks down the street. This gets them use to being with other people too. If you only let your Pei stay at home and never socialize with others he/she can become very protective and you might have issues when you have company.
 
Training:
Avoid using a sharp voice when training your Chinese shar-pei. This breed does much better with kind words. 90% of the time they take to women faster since they have a softer voice. They respond well to positive reinforcement training (usually special treats I use little real cheese (in bite size) and Sesame Oat Bran human treats they came in trail mix, but you can buy bags of just the Oat Bran. However, it's still important to be firm when handling your Chinese shar-pei. They can try and take over and be the boss.
 
Washing and Brushing:
Give you Pei a bath only once a month. Their skin can get dry fast if over bathed. You can use baby wipes in between baths. If his/her skin is get dry you can use cod liver oil on the baby wipe and wipe him/her down. DO NOT GET WATER IN YOUR PEI'S EARS WHEN BATHING. Best shampoo is Maximum ChlorhexiDerm. Brush your dog's coat with a bristle brush at least once a week (he may need to be brushed several times a day while shedding). I like use a flea comb it gets closer to the skin while shedding. At least 2 to 3x's a month clean you Pei's ears. Use a ear wash you can get at your vet or a pet store. I use Malaseb Flush ear flush name brand it works the best that I have found. You just put 4 to 5 drops in each ear and they will shake their heads and get all the yukky stuff out. Then take a Q-tip and clean in his/her ear. You don't have to go to far in the ear with the Q-tip to get it clean. Trim he/her nails 2x a month. Try not to get to short they will bleed.
 
Potty training:
When your baby Pei's arrives. He/she will be 99% house broke. BUT your home is different then mine. So he/she will not know where to go do his/her business at your home. Please for the 1st 2 to 3 days take your pei outside or where you want him/her to potty every hour on the hour. At night keep him/her in the kennel that he/she arrives in and 1st thing in the morning take them out to potty. After 1 to 3 days of this they will know what to do. They are very very smart and if you do what I ask you will not have any problems with them going in the home.
Chinese shar-pei tend to snore. So don't think something is wrong if he/she does.
At anytime you have a question please feel free to call or email.


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The Chinese shar-pei is intelligent, playful and headstrong with a stubborn streak. These dogs are also dominant and will try to run your house if you let them. Early training is essential to establish your position as head of household.

Instructions

  • STEP 1: Have your Chinese shar-pei vaccinated when you first get him, and have him get booster vaccinations according to the schedule your veterinarian recommends to maintain the dog's immunity to disease. Consult your veterinarian about flea control products, heartworm preventative treatments and worming your Pei.
  • STEP 2: Feed your Chinese shar-pei high-grade dog food. The first ingredient should be meat. Crude protein should be 17 to 22 percent and crude fat no less than 20 percent. Also, the fiber content needs to be 4 percent or less.
  • STEP 3: Socialize your Chinese shar-pei at a very early age to be with children and other pets and dogs. They're very playful with children but can be aggressive with other dogs.
  • STEP 4: Avoid using a sharp voice when training your Chinese shar-pei. This breed does much better with kind words and responds well to positive reinforcement training (usually special treats). However, it's still important to be firm when handling your Chinese shar-pei.
  • STEP 5: Exercise your Chinese shar-pei daily, making sure you keep him on a leash at all times to avoid conflicts with other dogs. Consider taking your Chinese shar-pei pup to puppy kindergarten training classes beginning at about 10 weeks of age.
  • STEP 6: Keep in mind that the Chinese shar-pei is extremely sensitive to heat and must have plenty of shade and water when exercising in hot weather.
  • STEP 7: Brush your dog's coat with a bristle brush at least once a week (he may need to be brushed several times a day while shedding).
  • STEP 8: Bathe your dog as needed. Be careful not to shampoo him too frequently (no more than once every two weeks if that), as the Chinese shar-pei is susceptible to dry skin. DO NOT GET WATER IN YOU SHAR-PEI'S EARS!
  • STEP 9: Check your Chinese shar-pei's nails frequently and trim them every two to four weeks. It's best to start nail trimming when the Chinese shar-pei is still a puppy. Also, check and clean your Pei's ears often with a cotton swab. At least 2 times a month put ear cleaner in your shar-pei's ears.
  • STEP 10: Realize that Chinese shar-pei are prone to certain health conditions, such as entropion, familial shar-pei fever, ear problems and allergies. Some Chinese shar-pei with familial shar-pei fever may suffer swollen hock syndrome during fever episodes, and some will go on to develop kidney failure due to anyloidosis. CHECK OUT THIS SITE FOR HEALTH CONDITIONS THEY CAN HAVE. http://www.barkbytes.com/bremed/chishar.htm
  • STEP 11: Expect your Chinese shar-pei to live about 10 years to 13 years as long as he's healthy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Chinese shar-pei are subject to cutaneous mucinosis, blisterlike accumulations of mucin under the skin. This is normal in the breed and not, of itself, associated with any particular problems.
  • This breed has an avid dislike for water and will avoid it whenever possible.
  • Chinese shar-pei lose their wrinkles as they age most of the time, here at JoJos wrinkles we try to breed the right parents so the baby will keep thier wrinkles. This does not mean every baby that we have will keep their wrinkles when they are adults. But we try!
  • Chinese shar-pei tend to snore.
  • These dogs will drool after eating and drinking. We Love wet KISSES!

* We Love OUR Wrinkles * Jodi Timmons *
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