Mini-Pei or Mini Shar Pei is not a new, but relatively recently become fashionable, variety of Chinese Shar Pei. Immediately make a reservation that we are not talking about a new breed or an officially recognized type.
It is interesting! In amateur clubs in the USA and Europe, and more recently in the RKF (Russian Cynological Federation), separate rings for Mini-pees are held, but this privilege is literally knocked out by the "cynological authority". Perhaps the breed fans will achieve an official separation of the breed by growth, at least the prerequisites for this are already there.
Appearance and features
Dog lovers with bright nostalgia remember the time when their ward was a cute puppy. Within a year, the baby grows up into an adult dog, the trace of children's naivety is erased from his muzzle, he is agile and strong, familiar and, one might say, ordinary. When it comes to Shar-Pei, the changes are even more contrasting, because the kids are completely covered with folds, grunt cute and look more like little hippos.
The miniature Shar Pei does not have its own history, since their origin is completely interwoven with the Chinese representatives of the breed. In the pedigree records that have been conducted since the beginning of the restoration of the breed, there are records of the birth of miniature dogs.
Note! Mini-pei is a dog with a "status" pembrake, that is, it should not be used for breeding.
Minipay is a dog born in a litter of two standard Sharpeys.but not reaching standard growth by one year old. The official description of the breed stipulates the growth of adult dogs: 44-51 cm at the withers. Miniature Shar Pei grows to 42-43 cm.
Dwarf Shar Pei is no different from its standard relatives up to a month old. By two or three months, mini-drink is a bit smaller than littermates, but that still doesn't mean anything. Very often a miniature-looking puppy makes a sharp jump in growth (by 7 months) and grows to standard growth.
Important! It is believed that mini-pei remain folded, like puppies. In fact, adult mini and standard sharpei do not differ in appearance.
A logical question is brewing: "why was the breed divided into two species, if they do not differ"? The fact is that Sharpei are quite different on a regional basis. Even within the same country, dogs from remote areas can look diverse. For example, in Russia, sharpei are quite common, growing up to 60 cm at the withers, against their background, a dog with a height of 42-46 cm will really look miniature.
No breeder can guarantee that the size of his graduate will comply with the mini-standard. Such promises are made only by dishonest sellers who are indifferent to the future of puppies. The likelihood of getting mini-dogs in the litter of standard pedigree producers is extremely low! When breeders knit two mini-pei (this is prohibited by dog organizations) - the likelihood increases.
Important! Specifically, you can buy a mini-song only if the dog is already a year old. In other cases, you have no guarantee that the dog will not outgrow the cherished 1 cm at the withers.
Be careful and avoid negotiations with breeders who sell thin puppies. Intentional malnutrition, infection with worms, the use of unhealthy producers - these are tools for obtaining "mini-pei puppies." If you buy a dog from dysfunctional breeders, most likely, the four-legged will come to its senses, catch up with its standard in growth, but will have health problems in adulthood.
Important! Do not chase fashion, do not take a word, make a decision based on common sense! If you decide to get a dog, do not forget about responsibility! The four-legged one needs care and love, regardless of growth, color and compliance with the standard.
Nature, content, health
Characteristic of Sharpei has positive and negative sides. The latter, most often, are discovered by successful owners. The standard describes tetrapods as active, courageous, independent and rather awkward tetrapods. Sharpei prone to shoots, fights with relatives, food aggression. Problems can occur unexpectedly and at any age. It is important to devote the maximum amount of time to dog socialization, even if it behaves absolutely adequately.
Up to 7-8 months of age, you may encounter attempts to take a dominant position in the family. Usually a pet stubbornly climbs onto a sofa or bed, flips about if he doesn’t like something, executes commands at its discretion and behaves unpredictably on walks. This period is called the teenage crisis.
In response to the “attacks” of the ward, the owner must be steadfast and patient. Sharpeev can and should be brought up! Yes, sometimes this task is difficult and seems overwhelming (especially for beginners). If you can not cope - ask for help. Shar Pei is a complex dog, so in almost all major cities you can find a canine specialist specializing in this particular breed.
Is it harder to take care of the mini-pei? The ward needs the same “range of services” and accessories as the standard Shar Pei:
- clothing for winter walks and raincoat.
- Anti-slip mat (cover the feeding place) and adjustable stand for bowls.
- Spacious sunbed with sides - the dog should be able to lie down without resting its paws and head.
- Convenient harness and strong leash.
- Soft rubberized brush and shampoo for sensitive skin. Wool cleaning is carried out once a week, during molting, every day (this is in your interests). Bathing a dog with shampoo is relevant as it gets dirty, but no more than 4 times a year. If the pet is dirty in dust or soil, it must be washed with clean water.
- Tooth brushing accessories, especially true for dogs with the wrong bite.
- Ear cleaning solution and cotton sponges - the procedure is 1-2 times a month.
- Guillotine claw cutter.
- A set of towels for wiping folds and muzzle after eating.
Tip: Use a harness for walking, and a wide collar for training. The harness does not hinder the movements of the dog and does not affect the comfort during walks. The collar can overflow the neck, which is fraught with grunts and wheezing.
Like the standard brethren, mini-peas are prone to food and non-food allergies. The first thing that reflects the disease is the condition of the skin and coat. Further, the dog's eyes and nose begin to flow, sometimes otitis media develops. Balanced feeding of the dog is the key to health. Most successful owners are inclined to the natural type of feeding. Products for which the four-legged have an allergic reaction are excluded from the diet.
A non-food allergy is virtually invincible because it is very difficult for the owner to find out exactly what the dog’s body responds to. When the immune system is in an excited state, Sharpei can react sharply to products for which he is not allergic. Veterinarians recommend taking the time and energy and trying to find a natural menu for mini-singing. If the attempts are unsuccessful or the dog’s health does not stand up to “experiments,” the dog is transferred to high-quality industrial feed.