I bought my female shar-pei with every intention of breeding her 2 1/2 years ago. At the time I had planned on hiring a stud but I ended up buying my husband a handsome male and changed my mind. Recently I had spoken with my femalesí first vet. (He retired when Dashia was 7 months old)He loved Dashia when she was little and as an old friend of the family had asked if I would contact him when she had her first litter. So when he asked if I would be breeding her soon I felt really bad when I told him that her current vet had recommended not breeding her. We talked for a while and I agreed to wait before getting her spayed. Today when we met he recommended breeding her. The current vet says she should not be breed because for her food allergy and she has a horse coat. His opinion of her coat to me is a mute point because not only is it within her breed standard to have a harsh coat it is one of the most health horse coat I have seen in this area. However I did have some concerns about her food allergy. At our visit today I explained to Charlie, her old vet, exactly why I was not breeding her yet he is adamant that we should breed. He also met our male Micky today and took him into consideration. He is a brush coat meaning he is softer and has slightly longer hair, and he has no know allergies. He says that because the shar-pei is still being de-mongrelized I should breed in an attempt to breed to other positive aspects of my dogs. They donít have as many issues as most shar-pei do. I have many people interested in puppies from Dashia and Micky but I really donít want to be one of those people that breed only for money. I know they have great temperaments, and are very healthy but her current vet is against it and I would hate to make waves with him. On the other hand I have only been seeing him for a few months and Charlie was my motherís shar-peisí vet for 14 year before we had to have her put down. Now I donít know what I should do. I love my Dashia and I would love to have at least 1 litter as my mother, and Charlie would want puppies and it would be almost like getting to keep one myself. I am just worried that her vet would not like it and so far he is the best replacement I have found.
In reality, you have not done any of the proper homework. Have there eyes been CERF'ed, or hips OFA'ed. I don't know who told you that Shar peis are being "demongrelized" and I am not quite sure what that work means, but they are completly pure. They have a lot of health problems and I wouldn't in a million years even consider breeding a dog with food allergys. End of story. If she is so perfect, spay her and go back and get another from her breeder without allergies.
Breeding 2 dogs becuase they have great personalities, in my opinion is NEVER a good reason to breed. To breed a dog properly, you have to know and understand the breed standard, and ONLY breed to improve.
Now any idiot can be a back yard breeder, and sell bad dogs. When your friends have to spend thousands on allergy tests and other health issues you may pass along, how long will those people be your friends? In many states there is also a puppy lemon law, and you can be sued for every penny a person puts into a sick dog. Breeders are now lieable for the puppies they produce.
There is alot more research I feel you need to do before considering there one of these dogs as breedable.
Actually I got my information from a book by Ellen Weathers Debo. Also the April 1973 issue of Dog magazine, mentioned in the book, has an article to save the shar-pei from extinction. As the shar-pei originated in China they also suffered through the communist rule is China, at the time there were only about 24 shar-pei in existence. The author of the article, Matgo Law of Hong Kong, collected as many as he could. However most of these dogs ever mutts, and the breed had to be purified or demongrelized . Most major faults in the breed standard are due to the fact that there were so many impurities in the breed. As a matter of fact at one point the Shar-pei was named the rarest dog in the world by Guinness. Both of my dogs had been tested and have everything on file at their vets, their eyes have been checked at every visit as long as I have owned them both. As far as Dashiaís allergies, they are very typical of the breed. Micky is at exception in that aspect as he has never had an allergy. Most shar-pei I know are allergic to fleas, anything but lamb food, most shampoo, and some even grass. Dashia only has her allergy and a little pink spot on her tongue. Mickyís coat may be a little long but only by 1/10Ē and his front I toes turning out, which comes from the Chinese belief that one pointing to the east and one to the west was good luck. They are healthy, happy and very good examples of the breed, both of our vets have told us that. I may not be able to tell you anything about any other breed but I love my shar-pei since the day my mother brought home her first shar-pei puppy when I was 8. After 16 years of my mother and aunt owning shar-pei , and owning my own for two years I have a bit of experience with the breed. But thank you for opinion.
It's nice you did so much research on your breed, and how much you love them. You said you got your info from an article from 1973, is there any new information that is current to date? A lot has changed since then. I may have misunderstood what you were trying to say, but it sounds like that is where you got your info form (besides the book).
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
I still believe that breeding one that has not been shown, and having a vet look at there eyes is not a CERF test. You still have not mentioned OFA's. I personally wouldn't purchase a dog without those, esp. in alot of todays larger breeds. I have delt with several people her in the US reguarding shar pei's, as I truly love the breed. I found several breeders who do not intentionally breed dogs with known allergies. Yes, allergies are a big problem, but why continue to use those dogs.
You feel you know what you are doing, fine go do it. Don't ask for an opinion you didn't want in the first place.
I love my aussies, and would never consider breeding a knowingly bad dog just because I can. Is your vet a top Shar-Pei breeder? My vet told me I could breed a dog with one desended testicle, it doesn't mean I actually would.
Good luck, and enjoy your litter. Nothing is better then puppy breath.
I agree with Illusion. I would NEVER buy a pup whose parents haven't been OFA tested. And yes, sharpeis are known for skin disease and eye problems. If you love the breed like you say you do, why would you even consider breeding a dog with severe allergies?
Also, you say you bought her with the intention of breeding her. How did you know when you bought her that she was even breeding quality?
Have either of your dogs been shown? How do they compare to other top dogs of the breed? Do you do anything with them...obedience, agility, etc? Why should anyone buy a pup from you? What do you have to offer?
I would assume that genetic problems would be a sure thing if there was a point when the breed was nearly extinct. If the gene pool was really that shallow at one time, the normal rule of "if there is ANY problem at all, do NOT breed" may not apply. If so, you really need to consult with people with unbiased opinions. I would suggest a breed club. The (emotionally influenced) opinion of a family friend -- even if he is a vet -- is a shaky foundation for a breeding decision.
Let me say first, I love a vet who will speak out against breeding when they see an issue. Alot are silient on responsible breeding and see any potential pups as a future money security for their practice.
I advise against the breeding as well, but if you are serious on considering it I will suggest:
Have them genetically tested for the main issues known to the breed per their parent club.
Contact a reputable show breeder in your area and have them evaluate your dogs.
Go to a show and talk to people there. If there are no close breeders, go through the parent club and call or email one of the breeders listed and discuss your concerns and questions with them. Be honest on your dogs pro's and con's so that you can get honest answers. They may even have you send photos to better evaluate.