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


The Shar-Pei:


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).
Snipy muzzle.
Spotted tongue (except pink spotted tongue).
Large ears.
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.
Pricked ears.
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.





The breeding standard of the Chinese Shar-Pei