If you've made the decision to get yourself a beautiful Chinese Shar Pei, you should decide which of the several coats would suit your preferences. With three coat types to choose from, there are several factors to consider, including grooming, color and shedding. The shed factor is something every potential dog owner should consider.
The Chinese Shar Pei comes in a wide variety of colors for you to choose from. You can choose whatever color you deem most beautiful without compromising what coat type you prefer. You can have your very own Chinese Shar Pei in rose, sand, cream, black or blue. With such a wide variety of colors, you should have no problem getting your ideal companion dog.
The Horse coat Shar Pei is easily recognizable because of the adorable wrinkles at the face and neck area. However, the Horse coat Shar Pei will shed most of its wrinkly skin by the time it reaches adulthood and only retain its trademark wrinkles at the face and jowl areas. If you choose a Shar Pei with this type of coat, you should be aware that its coat can be very harsh to the touch and extremely prickly. If you have sensitive skin, you may develop skin irritation from constant contact with your Shar Pei, but it'll go away in just a few days. Consider it an 'adjustment period' for both your new Shar Pei and you.
The Brush coat Shar Pei is absolute the most adorable dog you can ever own, and it is one of the most sought breeds among dogs. The Brush coat Shar Pei begins as a fuzzy ball of wrinkles and maintains most of those adorable wrinkles throughout adulthood. Although the brush coat Shar Pei does grow into a fairly stocky adult, it keeps its most identifiable feature - the wrinkly skin. However, the wrinkles do not appear as extreme and cute as when they are puppies. If you prefer a softer feel and look, then the brush coat Chinese Shar Pei is definitely the dog for you!
The final type of coat is more difficult to come by compared to the other two, but a Bear coat Shar Pei is still 100% Shar Pei. If both parents carry the recessive gene for the bear coat, it's likely that they will produce pups with the bear coat. The Bear coat Shar Pei is as cute and adorable as the horse coat and brush coat, but with more hair. The hair on a bear coat is about one-inch in length and it's very gorgeous. However, if you're interested in showing your dog competitively, the bear coat is not for you. Some clubs consider the Bear coat Shar Pei a fault for having a top coat and under belly hair longer than one-inch. If you just want an adorable and obedient companion dog, the Bear coat Shar Pei is more than willing to take on that role!