Please do your research when looking for Shar Pei puppies.
There are more then enough top quality Shar Pei breeders out there if you are willing to look.
Please, NEVER fall in love with the puppy in the window! It's a puppy not a sofa.
You must do your level best to educate yourself on OUR breed before it becomes YOUR breed!
All breeds have their issues, Chinese Shar Pei are not exempt
Please know exactly what the next 8-12 years might entail when considering bringing a Shar Pei into your home.
There are many many Shar Pei puppies available literally all over the world. Far too many of those puppies are less then healthy and may be of poor quality where our standard is concerned as well as health.
*Even a pet quality puppy should meet a better part of the standard*
Getting to know our breed and then a potential breeder is very important. Yes, in that order.
Some breeders you encounter may say anything to sell you a puppy.
You do NOT want to buy from a breeder that will sell a puppy to just anyone!
If you are NOT questioned about your soundness as a potential owner by a breeder, be worried.
Be prepared! You will be interviewed, or you should be by a QUALITY breeder.
Many even require home visits!
Many will ask you to fill out a application form to determine your suitability. Do not see this as intrusive.
You want a breeder that cares where their puppies go.
You want a breeder who cares about who buys their puppies. A breeder that wants a deposit and talks money FIRST, is NOT a breeder you want to deal with in my opinion. Money is NOT the first thing that needs to be discussed, not by the buyer or the breeder. Once you are certain you have found a breeder you want to deal with, its at that point a deposit may be required to hold a puppy from an upcoming litter, but not before you are sure! Not all breeders require a deposit. Breeders with lists of people waiting for puppies may be worth waiting for in some cases. Puppies are not and should not be an impulse purchase.
Chinese Shar Pei breeders are not rare, but a QUALITY Shar Pei breeder can be!
Buying from pet stores keeps the backyard breeders in business! Please buy from a reputable breeder.
Puppy Love At It's best!
Taking your time, and don't be in a rush with getting a new Shar Pei puppy! Being in a rush will likely end in a disaster.
I would suggest speaking directly to at least 3-4 Chinese Shar Pei breeders about their puppies. Ask about health issues, temperament, soundness, how long they have been breeding, what conditions do their dogs live in. IE; kennel raised or home raised. Get the name of their VET and CALL them! Breeders will research your soundness as an owner. Return the favor and research their soundness as a breeder! Ask your breeder what health issues they have dealt with in their lines. A breeder with a long history has likely experienced everything from cancer, eye issues, and FSF/Shar Pei Fever. Problems can arise in the best of lines and a breeder with years behind them is likely willing to discuss them. Honesty pays off in the long run. A breeder that has 20 years and tells you they have zero health issues in their lines are likely not being up front with you. The BEST breeder in the business has had issues, they all have.
If you are dealing with a NEW breeder ask THEM for contacts on THEIR lines. New breeders are fine, just be sure they can provide you a history of their stock. Even a breeder with 25 years experience started with just one dog. Don't count out NEW breeders. Just make sure they are being MENTORED by someone with experience!
Your due diligence will pay off in the long run! Finding this site, using it as a starting point, and your continued research with serve you well from this point forward! Best of luck from Bearposh!
PLEASE CONSIDER SHAR PEI RESCUE AS A SOURCE FOR BOTH OLDER SHAR PEI, AS WELL AS SHAR PEI PUPPIES. SHAR PEI RESCUE GROUPS ARE OVERWHELMED AND NEED TO FIND HOMES FOR LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF CHINESE SHAR PEI WORLD WIDE! BEARPOSH DEALS WITH RESCUE IN CANADA, PLEASE ASK US HOW WE CAN HELP!