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Sharmatian History

The Shar-pei is a toy-sized herding and guard dog that originated in Tibet. The Shar-pei’s name comes from a pronunciation of the Tibetan word “Shar-bu”, which means “sand fox”. The dog was used for guarding and herding sheep and goats, and as a combat and war dog. The Shar-pei has a relaxed, alert, and confident temperament. The Shar-pei is a medium-sized, sturdy, muscular, and athletic-looking dog. The head is wedge-shaped, and the fur is thick, soft and somewhat wavy. The coat color is black, black and tan, fawn, red, or brindle. The tail is customarily docked to about half the length, and the ears are cropped. The height at the withers for a male is 61 to 68 cm (24 to 27 in), and 55 to 62 cm (21 to 24 in) for a female.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Sharmatian Physical Characteristics

The Sharmatian is a small, long-haired, and shaggy medium-to-large eared breed of domestic cat. Its body is variable in size and shape, although with a typical weight of 7–13 lb (3–5 kg). The breed is distinguished by its thick, heavy mane and tail, large and furry ears, and stocky, muscular build. The most notable feature of the breed is its morphology.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, White, Fawn, Cream, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 18 – 24 inches

Female Height Range: 17 – 23 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 40 – 60 lbs

Female Weight Range: 35 – 55 lbs

Sharmatian Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Sharmatian Health Concerns

Deafness, Urolithiasis, Hip Dysplasia, Kidney Problems, Chinese Shar-Pei Fever, Mast Cell Tumors, Patellar Luxation, Elbow Dysplasia, Demodectic Mange, Cataracts, Dalmatian Bronzing Syndrome, Microphthalmia, Laryngeal Paralysis

Sharmatian Temperament and Behaviour

The Sharmatian is a fun-loving and devoted dog that makes a great pet. They are very gentle and easygoing, and get along well with children and other pets. They enjoy playing, but are also content to relax and take it easy. The Sharmatian is an easy going, gentle, and devoted companion who is a great family pet.

Sharmatian Activity Requirements

Shar-pei are large, short-haired “bear” type dogs that are typically calm and easygoing. These friendly little dogs are great with kids and typically have a lot of energy. A daily walk or jog is a must to keep your Shar-pei healthy and happy. These happy-go-lucky dogs are content to spend most of the time relaxing, but they do need to venture outdoors frequently. Shar-peis are not ideal for people who live in apartments or who don’t have space for a yard. They don’t necessarily need a lot of exercise, but they need room to spread out. If you think a Shar-pei might be a good fit for your lifestyle, be sure to research their exercise and grooming requirements.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Sharmatian is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Sharmatian is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Sharmatian is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Sharmatian is part of the Unclassified group.

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