Are bear coated shar-pei's actually shar-pei's, or they a mix or what's going on with that? I just discovered this tonight, as well as the "flower coated" shar-pei's. Is this another thing like the "teacup" chihuahua or the "puggle" or "miniature husky" or is this actually legit? Anyone ever see/meet one?
There are pictures of what I'm talking about if nobody has ever heard of this if you scroll down on the page: **
***Edited By: lpn169 on 4/29/2008 12:20:04 AM*** Reason: removed link
Looks like someone was playing with genetics again....looks like it is mixed with a Chow.
**nicool- I had to remove the link, while it was a photo page, the link to the puppies for sale page was on the bottom. You can always copy the ones you want to photobucket then share them here that way.
***Edited By: lpn169 on 4/29/2008 12:21:48 AM*** Reason: add
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
"There is a third coat, “bear,” which is longer, softer, and tends to have less trouble with skin infections. Unfortunately, the AKC considers coats longer than one inch (at the shoulder) to be a disqualification in the show ring."
"here are three coat varieties: horse-coat and brush-coat and a rare bear-coat, which is not recognized by the AKC. The bear-coat, does not falling within AKC standard because this particular Shar-Pei has an undercoat and a topcoat exceeding 1 inch. The popular theory about the bear-coat is that it's a "throwback" to the chow-chow. They are actually quite popular as pet quality Shar-Pei, albeit rare, and often confused with the chow by unknowing owners as well as animal shelter workers."
That's what I found when I googled it. Hope it helps!
I also found out that the flowered is an intrinsic part of the breed and literally all us registered shar-peis have it somewhere in their pedigree.
lovinmylucy was right in the info they found. Flowered and bearcoat are both recessive genes. Both parents have to have it to get a puppy with it. Both genes have been in the pei lines for a very long time. It isn't something that was just started. But breeders use to cull (kill) the pups that showed up bearcoat and/or flowered. They wanted to hind the fact that it was in their lines.
I have a bearcoat once in a while. They are the sweetest babies!:) Mine have always had a big fat nose, too. They do have wrinkles under the fur, but it is really hard to see, but you can feel them.