The Shar Pei has a rich history that stretches back more than two thousand years in China. Highly regarded during ancient China's dynastic periods, Shar Peis faced a huge decline in numbers in the mid-20th century, and in the 1960s and 1970s held the world record as the rarest dog breed. The breed was saved by a small group of dedicated breeders in the United States.
The Shar Pei has a distinctive appearance with its deep wrinkles and unique “hippopotamus” muzzle. Initially bred for hunting and guarding, they are known for their loyalty and protective nature. Their adaptable temperament, combined with their striking appearance, has made them a popular breed in Australia. They are suited to various living situations, from apartments to larger homes, and their devotion to their owners can make them excellent family pets.
Shar Peis are known for their independent and stubborn nature, which can make them challenging to train. However, with patience and consistency, they can be taught to obey commands and behave well in social situations. Early socialisation is also essential to help Shar Peis become comfortable around strangers and other animals. Shar Peis can also be territorial and protective of their family and home, making them excellent watchdogs. However, it is important to teach them that not everyone is a threat. This can be done by gradually introducing them to new people and animals in a positive way.
There are many factors that can influence the cost of pet insurance for your Shar Pei, including the following:
This is the most basic type of pet insurance, covering costs for accidental injuries such as car accidents, poisoning, burns, fractures, snake and spider bites, but not illnesses and other conditions.
This type of insurance provides cover for accidental injuries as well as illnesses like cancer, gastrointestinal problems and eye, ear and skin conditions, but not routine care for your pet.