Traditional Shar Pei. Really? Indulge me!
So my whole plan was that when I get another dog, it would be an easy one. Not easy care - I want a dog that is up for running and hiking and all sorts of training... But I mean biddable. No likelihood of DR/DA. Excellent agility prospect was my main idea. Something likely to have great health and an exceptional lifespan. I'll probably still go that route (going to make another thread about the breed I'm actually seriously considering,) but I'm on a big time Shar Pei kick for some odd reason. WTH? I love researching different breeds, so I figure I might as well read up on them while I'm at it.
I don't like the overdone Americanized dogs, though some of the slimmer meat mouths are alright... but OMG the traditional ones are gorgeous! I'm not sure why I wouldn't just go with an APBT or similar if I was going to take on the potential for things like DA again, but I can't get over how awesome some of these dogs seem to be.
There's someone in Greece doing IPO with at least one of hers, and it's really impressive. That's not something I was interested in before, but it might be if I learned more about it first, if there's even a reliable club in AK (though I may be living in Oregon by the time I get Next Dog.)
I like the idea of taking the breed back to its roots, and I'm sick of Americans ruining every animal they get their mits on until they are seen as teddy bears rather than serious working dogs.
Anyone met a traditional Pei? Comparisons of health and temperament? Know of any good breeders in the US?
I really enjoyed this article: http://www.kynon.gr/en/node/70
And check out this guy! He is GORGEOUS! Like a bronze statue: http://kennellonfumun.kotisivukone.com/7
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Last edited by Sparrow; 08-23-2013 at 04:57 AM.