On the 25-th of januari 1994 the breeding standard was published by the F.C.I.
This standard brought some rogue. Now the standard has been changed. These alterations came to some as a total surprise.
The new standard wich mentioned below is current from 14 april 1999.
During august 1999 few changes have been made to the standard. The compleet list including alterations is mentioned below.
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Secretariat Generale: 13, Place Albert 1~8 6530 Thuin (Belgique)
F.C.I.~Standard Nº 309 / 14.04.1999 / GB
Patronage: Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Date of publication of the original valid standard: april the 14th 1999
Utilization: Hunting- and watch-dog
Classification F.C.I.: Group 2 Pinscher and Schnauzer, Molossians and Swiss Mountain- and Cattledogs. Section 2.1 Molossian, Mastiff type. Without working trial.
Brief historical summary : This Chinese breed has existed for hundreds of years in the provinces bordering the South China Sea. The town of Dialak in the province of Kwun Tung is probably the place of origin.
General appearance: Active, compact, short coupled and squarely built dog of medium size. Wrinkles over skull and withers, small ears and (hippopotamus) muzzle impart to the Shar Pei a unique look. Dogs larger and more powerful than bitches.
Important proportions: The height of the Shar Pei from withers to ground is approximately equal to the length of the body, from point of shoulder to point of buttock, especially in males. The length from nose to stop is approximately equal to the length from stop to occiput.
Behaviour / Temperament:
Calm, independent, loyal, affectionate to his family.
Rather large in proportion to body. Wrinkles on forehead and cheeks continuing to form dewlap.
Skull: Flat, broad.
Nose: Large and wide, preferably black, but any colour conforming to general coat colour permissible. Wide opened nostrils.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Serious faults: Deviation from a scissor bite (as a transitory measure, a very slightly overshot mouth is permissible).
Spotted tongue (except pink spotted tongue).
Low set tail.
Coat longer than 2,5 cm.
Eliminating faults: Flat foreface with badly overshot bite; undershot bite.
Solid pink tongue.
Lower lip rolled in, interfering with the bite.
Round bulging eye. Entropion, ectropion.
Skin, folds or hair disturbing the normal function of the eye.
Absence of tail; stumpy tail.
Heavy folds of skin on body (except withers and base of tail) and limbs.
Not a solid colour (albino, brindle, patches, spots, black and tan, saddled pattern).
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Any artificial physical alteration to the Shar Pei (in particular lips and eyelids) eliminates the dog from competition.