Laurels Westies, at
DreamCatcher Hill Puppies and Rescue
www.laurelswesties.com, my original website, went down. Please enjoy the new website.
I'm working on adding photos of the AKC purebred parents who we are now breeding to other breeds to have healthy designer cross puppies.
We will only rarely have AKC purebred shar pei puppies anymore until researchers have found ways to test for 2 of the most common, and debilitating diseases inherent in EVERY single purebred Shar Pei. The chance of both problems are either eliminated, or greatly reduced when it is a first generation cross with another breed, (meaning one parents is a Shar Pei and the other parent is something different.)
Our goal is healthy, happy puppies, not only for the puppies sake but for their families! We still adore the breed and believe its one of the best, not only smart, but they housebreak themselves and are just absolutely adorable! They love children also.
The bear coat has been my personal favorite every since we seen Shar Pei in person. We have bred them to AKC Cavalier's, and just recently to an AKC Westie. We have been trying to breed the more known cross of Pug and Shar Pei called Ori-Pei for 1.5 years now and for some reason they never have any puppies. Mom's have puppies to the other dogs, and the pug male, Whitey, has puppies when bred to my Uncles Pugs. We will keep trying for Ori-Pei. I love the bear coat Shar Pei crossed with the Cavalier for fluffier puppies, but the short coated cross even though adorable was not as popular as Ori-Pei are.
The Westie cross puppies are all brindle colored and I think the cutest yet since I am a scruffy dog fan.
Please see the Shar Pei cross page for puppies available.
AKC Chinese Shar Pei, Toy and Miniature size parents.
Text below is copied from what was saved from the old commuter. The original website unfortunately saved updates every single time I hit save, without replacing them. I am attempting to find the latest updates, that pertain to this page and will do editing later when I have time. Explained is also way we started doing designer crosses with our beloved Shar Pei.
Shar Pei ad their mixes have got to be one of the best dogs I have ever been around.
Parents in the slide show so far, Bolo, father to Bea and BamBam. He is a champagne horse coat. Baby Bear, red bear coat shown with puppies. Bea, cream horse coat as a pup. Fuzzy Bear, champagne bear coat as a puppy. Boo Boo as a 4 month old pup and as an adult, are all shown.
Many misses happened when the shar pei girls were bred to Whitey, the pug ,for Ori-pei puppies.</strong> Honey Bear missed twice bred to Whitey, and Fuzzy Bear missed twice bred to Whitey, Booboo, and Bea also missed bred to Whitey. It has been about 11 months with no Ori-pei puppies. We have just bred Bea to Whitey again in April and hope to have puppies in June. We''re not holding our breath that she will have puppies though.\r\n\r\n<strong>We thought we finally had a litter of Ori-Pei on the way.</strong> Baby Bear was pregnant! She was bred to my uncles AKC Pug below, White Lighting (photo on his page, and below). Her first day she would be due was 2-27. They can have them 2 days earlier that that but its almost premature. Shar Pei have missed so often bred to Whitey that we even had Whitey checked at the vets and he is good. We are breeding to a pug because we just don''t like not knowing if the pure Shar Peis may come down with amyloidosis, so decided Ori-Pei is adorable and much healthier option. Shar Pei when crossed to pug, or any other breed not Shar Pei none of the puppies should have the problem. Read more below about it.\r\n\r\n<strong>Baby Bear had puppies born 2-24! She had them 3 days early and the puppies are adorable! (Read above) S</strong>he was kenneled with Quanah when she came in season and Art was sure she had not been in long but just coming in. (takes about 9 to 14 days before they will breed after starting being in season, so its usually easy to be sure they are not kenneled with a male they shouldn''t be bred too. (After about 25 years of having puppies we had never had an unintentional breeding before this, although I was in charge of all the dogs.) Well apparently she had already been in season, and Art missed noticing so she was actually was on her way out of season when he first discovered she was in season! Quanah, our AKC Cavalier, is the dad! First born looks like a shar pei version of Roxy''s brand new AKC cavalier ruby colored babies. A male cream/ruby color, with little white blaze. Next a black and tan female, then a red and tan female and last a black and tan male. Because Baby Bear is a Bear coat and Cavaliers have long coats the puppies will most likely all be long/bear coats. They all have shar pei fat cheeks. Already super adorable! and will have wonderful temperaments! I am shocked we still don''t have a sinlge litter of Ori-Pei puppies from Whitey. The pug had puppies bred to him. I am guessing we are missing the timing. Quanah knew what was going on and was happy to take advantage of the situation! I think this is even better. First Photos 3 days old. The 2 boys, cream and black and tan, who is turning out to be a dark sable are first.<b> </b>Then photos of the 2 girls, red and tan and what I thought was black and tan is a dark sable and tan. New photos on the red blanket at 2.5 weeks old, cream male, and black and tan male. Last set photos 7 weeks old. Farther down the page photos of the 2 girls. <strong>They are all spoken for!
nThe 2 cava-pei girls, red and tan and sable and tan, 3 days old. New pictures on red , red sable female and a dark sable female, at 2.5 weeks old. They change faster as they grow then any of the other puppies! Newest photos 7 weeks old! <strong>They are both spoken for </strong>(well we kept the darker female and she is a DOLL! As typical for Shar Pei she housebroke herself Only had 2 accidents ever. Same for both the 2 families we hear back from regularly.) We hear back from 2 families often and all they can say is they are a hit anywhere they take the puppies.\r\n\r\n<strong> Sky is for sure bred to Quanah and due in May, Fuzzy Bear may be due in June. They have wonderful temperaments and are super cute!!
We have 2 young adults available to a home on a breeding contract only. </strong>We had kept Baby Bear a red, bear coat, girl from Bears last litter back for a future mom, specifically to breed to a pug for Ori-Pei puppies, and Bam Bam a horse coat. Baby Bear has had 1 litter of puppies now. I would love to find someone who lives close enough to work out a n adoption agreement where we will still breed her here but she lives as a best friend for someone. My aunt is now here full time, and walks with a walker. We had to move most of the dogs out of the house and only rotate a couple in at a time.\r\n\r\nBoth girls are super sweet, very agreeable, happy girls who gets along with everyone, housebroken, crate trained and just a doll. I hate to have either leave but we are feeling bad Fuzzy Bear and BooBoo are out in a kennel because we can only fit so many in the house at one time. The Shar Pei really love human attention and are unhappy when in a kennel. The puppies must grow up inside to have a nice stable personality as an adult so they always come back inside when they are weaned until they get adopted. They are just too smart! Plus they are so easy, they about housebreak themselves in days. The other dogs would rather be in the house too but they also LOVE to play with dogs, toys, and just be able to see everything that is going on outside so they don''t mind getting rotated in and out of the house the way Shar Pei do. We have a couple middle age adults we would also like to work out a breeding agreement with someone who lives close enough. I had seen a contract a breeder does with their cavaliers that almost all their moms are in homes with a family who wants to adopt them to be their own when the breeding contract is over. Breeder gets them back for breeding, then later for delivering and raising puppies. Generally done a specific number of times, or until a certain age and then the mom is spayed and the family gets to keep her as their pet. This is what we''re looking for for Baby Bear, BamBam, and maybe several other of our other Shar pei girls. Bea has now gone to a home with this agreement. They just adore her. Photos of Baby Bear as a small puppy and then older puppy. One of Bea chewing on her ear. Photos of Bea farther down on the page. She is a cream horse coat, with way more wrinkles then most adults have! Bam Bam looks like a dark version of Bea and is in many puppy pictures with Bea farther down on the page
nIt is a long story on how some adorable Shar Pei originally ended up here at the farm! The wrinkle puppies/dogs are so cute, and I just love the personalities! Shar Pei are super clean and easiest dog in the world to housebreak!
2015 We now have a Pug male to breed to our mini Shar Pei females for Ori-Pei puppies, with the help of Uncle Al.</strong> Because every shar pei carries the genes for both shar pei fever and amyloidsis with no test to know if they will be affected, or only carriers until it happens both incidences can be greatly reduced, or in the case of amyliodsis completely removed from risk by breeding to a breed that does not have the issue. Amyloidsis is a recessive trait which means both parents must be carriers or affected in order to pass it on. To be affected they must have both genes. So Ori-Peis with 1 shar pei parent and one pug parent can''t have both genes, they can be carriers but NOT affected. They can still get shar pei fever but its less likely. If they are Ori-Pei bred to Ori-pei then they too can get amyloidosis. We have had 3 puppies develop Shar Pei fever to date that we know of. (EVERY Shar Pei breeder has had puppies develop shar pei fever at some point.) We just don''t want any puppy to have an issue that can be completely avoided, or at least greatly decreased. There is tons of information about both problems of the Shar Pei breed on the internet and its too complicated to explain it all here.\r\n\r\nShar Peis have the best personality ever and they are working on finding a test. Until they do we feel Ori-Peis are an excellent solution to have the adorable cute look we all love, plus smaller size, wonderful personality and a huge bonus of a much healthier longer living dog. There are many other benefits for both breeds to be combined to list all here. I do not believe in designer dogs just for variety, but I do believe if your going to raise a litter of puppies they need to be the healthiest you can raise with the least amount of genetic problems possible and Shar Peis as a breed are too wonderful to lose.\r\n\r\n<strong>This is AKC White Lightening and his son, Cecil Turtle.
We purchased the cute white AKC registered puppy to grow up to breed to the Shar Pei for Ori-Pei puppies. Art and Uncle Al drove a 17 hour trip to get Cecil Turtle the puppy. Long story (trying to be) short: The family who had the pups father, 2 young moms, and a 6 month old pup contacted us after we had adopted Cecil. They had decided to sell their pugs in order to travel and didnt know how to ensure they would go to a good home until they met Art and Uncle Al when they had picked up Cecil. They offered the group to us as a package. My Uncle really needed some doggie friends of his own so we went in together to purchase them. They are basically my Uncles Al''s. White is a very rare color in Pugs, it has been DNA tested to be sure it is purebred Pug, and these are all AKC registered. We love that we will have an adult male pug available for our girls sooner then Cecil will manage. They are super sweet, and cuddly. More info on Uncle Al''s pugs on the new page I am working on setting up for him.\r\n\r\n<strong>All of our pei''s are heavily wrinkled with big meat mouths.</strong> below are photos of past puppies, puppies we kept who are now grown, parents and information.\r\n\r\nPuff, "hmmm, you mean your going to shut the door and Baby Bear gets the bed all to herself?" Baby Bear, her granddaughter, says "Puff and I will share".
Fuzzy Bear (bear coat) and Poo Bear (brush coat) as babies 2013. Bear is their mother and Sonny their father. We kept Fuzzy Bear for breeding. Poo Bear had a bad patella so she was spayed and her new family just adores her.
These are just some random pictures. The rescued dogs are keeping us so busy good photos of everybody are hard to get too, unless they are sleeping! On the rescued dog page, many breeds/mixes of dogs and puppies are available! </span>\r\n\r\n<span style="line-height: 1.5em;">These photos: Harry, the white rescued old crabby guy and baby BamBam, BooBoo and Bolo''s little girl at 7 weeks old, missed the bed, and more cuddling up to each of her aunts for a nap, or when they weren''t available she loved her box, when she use to fit in it!) She wanted up to see the new babies, along with Fuzzy Bear who is completely infatuated with the new babies.
Misc. photos over the last few months winter/spring 2014 of Puff, Booboo, Fuzzy Bear, and PooBear: Fuzzy Bear in her classic silly sleeping poses. Fuzzy Bear and PooBear playing with one of our rescued puppies. (They are sisters, Bear and Sonny''s puppies from the October 2013 litter we held back.) PooBear and Puff "sharing" Arts Lap with Skylar, who Puff didn''t mind sitting right on top of. BooBoo had to climb on the hearth in order to use her favorite bed, since I had it up there while cleaning the floor, but she seemed to think the higher elevation was great. Fuzzy Bear, and bear coats in general tend to get their fluff in the water and can be very messy drinking, as she drips on Puffs head! Not feeling good one day and Art caught me napping with Puff, how she didn''t fall off the couch is beyond me. Puffs sits on me every time I sit down, my wonderful teddy bear. The others idea of cuddling is to stand, bounce or play with my hair when I sit down. The scrub brush disappeared while I was cleaning, discovered it walked away with Fuzzy bear to her favorite stash spot. I still can''t figure out how to put text right on the photos with the new mac computer, it would be so much easier with name on the pictures
Bear and Sonny''s past puppies born 10-10-13. We kept both girls, Fuzzy Bear a bear coat champagne, and Pooh Bear a brush coat champagne until they were a year old and then adopted Pooh bear out. We just couldn''t make up our minds until we could do some health testing. Sonny is their father. Lots more pictures of puppies at the very bottom of the page, to see how much these guys change as they grow! We took one of the boys for eye tacks 11-12, and brought his brother for company for him. Neither had an accident in the crate all day, they potted outside each time we put them out. It was chilly and they are so smart one walked to the van and stood there looking at the door when he was ready to get back in out of the cold, at only 4.5 weeks old! Just learned on 5-31-14 the biggest boy puppy in the litter has grown to be standard size. and owner was fine until I wouldn''t send AKC registration unless the puppy was either neutered per contract, or paid in full for full AKC without neuter contract. Please do not get a puppy if you won''t love it for its life! Both the sisters we kept are very small. Not sure what size the other brother is but will find out. Anything can carry for 22 generations so if you don''t want a chance of a variable in size get a stuffed animal, or an adult dog. Puppies are always an educated guess. And if you pick the biggest puppy in the litter it may end up a bigger size adult!\r\n\r\n<a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_0912.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-2305 size-thumbnail" title="Bear and Sonny''s boys, 1.5 weeks old. Red bear coat boy, and a champagne? brush coat boy. Both have been adopted. " src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_0912-150x150.jpg" alt="DSC_0912" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_0915.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2306" title="Bear and Sonny''s girls, 1.5 weeks old. The lighter puppy is available. We are keeping the darker female puppy. " src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_0915-150x150.jpg" alt="DSC_0915" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_0934.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-2337 size-thumbnail" title="Bear and Sonny'' girl, brush coat, champagne. Poo Bear at 4.5 weeks old." src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_0934-150x150.jpg" alt="DSC_0934" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_0911.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2338" title="Bear and Sonny'' girl, brush coat, champagne. she is available. at 4.5 weeks old." src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_0911-150x150.jpg" alt="DSC_0911" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_0923.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2339" title="Bear and Sonny'' boys, bear coat, red. He is spoken for. at 3 weeks old. " src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_0923-150x150.jpg" alt="DSC_0923" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_09151.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-2340 size-thumbnail" title="Bear and Sonny'' boy, fawn brush coat, he has been adopted. at 3 weeks old." src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_09151-150x150.jpg" alt="DSC_0915" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_0954.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-2341 size-thumbnail" title="Bear and Sonny'' girl, bear coat, dark champagne? Fuzzy Bear, at 3 weeks old. " src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/DSC_0954-150x150.jpg" alt="DSC_0954" width="150" height="150" /></a>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\n.\r\n\r\nHoney Bear, Bear and Bolo''s champagne puppy, will be featured, and playing "Bella" on Chicago Pets Video mini series "Follow That Puppy"! There is nothing cuter then watching a bear coat Shar Pei shake off in slow motion after playing in a baby pool! As soon as I have permission to post the link for the video series I will. I have only seen a short preview. It is SO cute! Champ, Skylar''s and Tucker''s Cavalier puppy, and Alvin, Lindsey''s and Andy''s Westie puppy are also in the video along with a Chihuahua puppy they brought with them to have 4 breeds for the series. It was all filmed here on the farm. I have a short clip, but the file size is to large for the website. Not sure how to link to it.\r\n\r\n<strong>Our puppies are microchipped, besides UTD vaccinations and deworming.</strong> See FAQ page for what all comes with your puppy and more info. Are these not some of the most adorable puppies ever? Personality and intelligence even out-does their looks!\r\n\r\n<a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Bear-3-yrs-old-2-8-13.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1978" title="Bear with her newborn puppies 12-2012" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Bear-3-yrs-old-2-8-13-150x150.jpg" alt="Bear 3 yrs old 2-8-13" width="150" height="150" /></a><a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Bears-blue-and-red-10-2-12.jpg"><img class="alignnone wp-image-1687" title="Past litter Bears blue bear coat, "Demi" has been adopted, and red bear coat girl, Regina, has been adopted. 2012" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Bears-blue-and-red-10-2-12-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n<strong>(Warning long story!) How we started with Toy/Mini Shar Peis, everyone who has ever had a litter starts somewhere, but have you ever heard how? </strong>I had been trying to find a home for Ellie, a Cane Corso, for almost a year. Out of the blue I received an email from a club that does dog pulling contests, inviting us to join. Instead I sent them info about Ellie needing an appropriate home. They were kind enough to forward the information about Ellie to several members who have Cane Corsos.\r\n\r\nMedesta, one of the active members who competes with her corsos doing pulling contests, contacted me about Ellie and said she would give her a good home, or find her a good home once she could find homes for her 2 pet Shar Peis. She was also in the position I was in that the Corsos can be deadly around smaller potentially feisty dogs. I was trying to find a home for Ellie to keep my Westies safe. She had found a home for her toy/mini Shar Peis she use to breed and was trying to find homes for her last 2 Shar Peis to keep them safe. Very unexpected but I believe things happen for a reason.\r\n\r\nWe worked out an agreement to help get both our dogs where it works best for the dogs. She would adopt Ellie <strong>we would adopt her 2 toy Shar Peis</strong>. We have tons of room and many helping hands. The new dogs would not be able to easily scale 5 foot fences the way Ellie did and they are also good with small dogs, unlike Ellie. It sounded perfect. We were going to keep the spayed female as a house pet and help find a great home for the young male, Sonny.<strong>Update 12-18-11. things changed. </strong>Medesta use to raise wonderful Toy and Mini Shar Peis and found it was not working out where she had adopted her last 3 females and her stud male so she had to pick them up. <strong>Now homes were needed for her 3 excellent quality Toy and Mini, AKC, Shar Pei females and a male! </strong>After we talked about the new situation we decided with our experience and love of puppies and dogs they would not only be safe with us, she wouldn''t have to worry about them getting hurt by her corsos. She could then adopt Ellie and we wouldn''t have to worry about Ellie hurting a Westie. We now unexpectedly have some new beautiful Toy and Miniature Shar Peis!!\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_1212" align="alignnone" width="150"]<img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-1212" title="Bear a rare bear coated mini Shar Pei, 2 yrs old 12-18-11" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/bear-2-yrs-12-11-150x150.jpg" alt="Bear a rare bear coated mini Shar Pei, 2 yrs old 12-18-11" width="150" height="150" /> Picture just doesnt show how cute she is and the bear coat hides the massive amount of wrinkles this girl has. She is quiet, very sweet and cuddly. A bit shy with strangers.[/caption]\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_1213" align="alignright" width="150"]<img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-1213 " title="Trixie; lilac Toy Shar Pei, 2 yrs old, 6 wks preg. 12-26-11" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/trixie-2-yrs-6-wks-preg-12-26-11-150x150.jpg" alt="Trixie; lilac Toy Shar Pei, 2 yrs old, 6 wks preg? 12-26-11" width="150" height="150" /> Trixie is all personality. She loves Art and I and would just assume everyone else stay away from her puppies. She is the best mom ever! Trixie has been adopted (5-12)[/caption]\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n<strong>1-3-12 Update. The new dogs are so easy!</strong> <strong>Trixie and Bear it turns out are both pregnant.</strong> Sounded like they are due approximately mid January 2012. Trixie is very well housebroken and gets along great with all the little dogs, so shes loose in the house days and crated at night in our master bathroom to get use to where she will have her puppies apart from the household happenings. She adores me and follows me everywhere. Most of the dogs follow Art when hes home from work like happy shadows, (although they listen to me better, you can tell who has the more easy going personality and who''s the bossy one! No wonder why I like terriers and dominant breed dogs so much!!) Bear and Trixie both get out to play on the farm, they are great with the other dogs, don''t even chase the cats or chickens. Bear also loves me but is so laid back she doesn''t feel the need to follow me everywhere, just cuddle briefly for attention. She did see a Westie start to chase a peacock and they both got in trouble. Hope it didn''t get her to thinking about it!\r\n\r\n<img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1360" title="Puff 2 years old, due any day and Shyanne 1 year old. 2-23-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/puff-shyanne-2-12-150x150.jpg" alt="Puff 2 years old, due any day and Shyanne 1 year old. 2-23-12" width="150" height="150" />\r\n\r\nPuff the fawn female is also a sweet heart, with people and the other dogs! She is very bubbly :) She was originally kenneled with Sonny, but then we got the male Shar Pei, Bo, who is suppose to be going back home when they get everything settled and a safe place for him. Puff is also housebroken but with Bear and Trixie expecting puppies they needed to be in full time. There is a slight chance Bo may remain with us. He is a super sweet dog who loves attention and has shown no aggression toward any of our other dogs despite being a 7 year old stud dog, even when out with Jerry Lee and Bro. I was concerned the big guys may feel the need to be dominant over this new intact male dog, even though they are neutered they are still very male, but they really don''t pay him any attention. He also never ever potties/marks in his kennel in the garage. He isnt housebroken but I think he would be pretty easy since hes not all about marking. <strong>Update, Puff is also pregnant! She is due in late February.</strong>\r\n\r\n<img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1300" title="(Both adopted) Bear and Bo''s adorable girls, 1 month old 3-5-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/bears-girl-1-month-150x150.jpg" alt="Bear and Bo''s adorable girls, 1 month old 3-5-12" width="150" height="150" />\r\n\r\nMedesta said Ellie is also adjusting well and has become very attached to her when she wanted her to attach to her granddaughter. Happily the dogs are happy so it is working for all of us! We are of course excited about both the new dogs who are very different then our others plus the possibility of puppies! We just love puppies and its been months since we have had any.\r\n\r\n3-4-12, Ellie has won her first "leg" in pulling competitions!! I thought Medesta had been very busy with teaching her how to pull, something she had never done before. It turns out she simply took Ellie with her to the competition for exposure and when her other female didn''t do well she thought she would try Ellie, even though Ellie had only been in harness one other time. She said Ellie was worried, but when Medesta called Ellie came to her pulling so hard she won! Ellie is very determined but nervous in strange places. I can now picture her pulling a house down to get to "her person" when "her person" calls. Ellie does still need a good home since they weren''t planning to keep her long term as she is spayed and they raise Corsos. She loves to be totally devoted to one person, and loves kids. (update Ellie did find a permanent home of her own!)\r\n\r\n<img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1299" title="Art holding Bear''s lilac boy, 1 month old. Sold, Congratulations Cassie! 3-5-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/bear-lilac-boy-30-days-art-3-5-12-150x150.jpg" alt="Art holding Bear''s lilac boy, 1 month old 3-5-12" width="150" height="150" />\r\n\r\n<strong>Art just loves the Shar Peis also! </strong>Its so nice to have someone who loves the dogs (all the dogs) as much as I do and takes the time to give them attention and go for walks, I couldn''t do it all without him!\r\n\r\n<img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1362" title="puff-2-yrs-2-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/puff-2-yrs-2-12-150x150.jpg" alt="puff-2-yrs-2-12" width="150" height="150" /><a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/puff-shyanne-2-12.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1360" title="Puff 2 years old, due any day and Shyanne 1 year old. 2-23-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/puff-shyanne-2-12-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n<strong>We had never met a Shar Pei in person before but absolutely love these guys and think they must have fallen into our laps for a</strong> <strong>reason! </strong>They were originally bred for protection and working dogs (also known as Chinese fighting dogs but I pray the humans stop that.) With Jerry Lee and Bro getting old I would have been wanting a watch dog in the house again (even though they are friendly or indifferent as all good watch dogs are, its how they act when something bad happens that sets a good watch dog apart). The Shar Peis are so calm and confident, and as my daughter said "they are so ugly they are cute." I think they are simply adorable/handsome myself, and the personalities are just my kind of dog.\r\n\r\n<img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1301" title="Bear and Bo''s blue boy, 1 month 3-5-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/bears-blue-boy-1-month-3-5-12-150x150.jpg" alt="(Sold) Bear and Bo''s blue boy, 1 month 3-5-12" width="150" height="150" />\r\n\r\n<strong>I can see how those families who have had a Shar Pei in the past would love to get another.</strong>They have great personalities like the Westies. They don''t fit into the size restrictions imposed by some living arrangements like the Westies do and are more heat sensitive due to the thicker skin so they have some drawbacks compared to a Westie. (Update After having them several years we also discovered they have many serious hidden health problems, unlike our Westies). The toy and mini sizes do fit in apartments with a 50 lb limit on size, unlike a full size Shar Pei. They are calmer then the Westies and more willing to just lay around a normal amount, which I guess is really good for the average people who aren''t considered overly active like me and aren''t in and out of the house all day long. With the wonderful non-shedding coats Shar Pei''s are certainly a well kept secret! They do have a confident personality and require a family who will train them and socialize them well to prevent any behavior issues later, like all dogs who were bred for protection require, and really any dog to be well behaved. They do need to go places and meet other people and dogs to be well socialized. The cavaliers need training but they never try to test anyone. They automatically love all people and are ideal for the person unwilling to say and mean "no". Different breeds are better suited to different families! <a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Booboo-4.5-months-1-13.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1915" title="Booboo 4.5 months 1-13. Bear and Sonny daughter" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Booboo-4.5-months-1-13-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/BooBoo-4.5-months-1-13.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1916" title="Nap Time. BooBoo 4.5 months, 1-13 Bear & Sonny daughter." src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/BooBoo-4.5-months-1-13-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n<strong>The pictures dont do justice to how great these dogs are in person! Pictures never do give you the whole picture, like size and personality. </strong>You can see Wolf next to Bo in a couple pictures, Wolf is only a 4 month old puppy (granted he is a big boy, 44 pounds at the time of the photo.) Wolf is much larger then Bo who is the tallest of the Shar Peis we have, and still not even 17 inches. Even being the tallest of ours he is a miniature and much shorter/smaller then a normal size Shar Pei, which would be larger then Wolf in the photo for comparison. I tried to get them to pose nicely but didn''t have time, I needed to check puppies. I will work on getting good pictures of everybody eventually. Feel free to come meet them in person! I did finally get some pictures of Puff late February. She is such a sweet heart :)<strong> </strong>\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_1218" align="alignnone" width="150"]<img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-1218" title="Bear 3 days after having puppies. She had just got a drink and her floppy skin with fluffy coat gets into the water 1-9-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/bear-after-delivery-1-9-12-150x150.jpg" alt="Bear 3 days after having puppies. She had just got a drink and her floppy skin with fluffy coat gets into the water 1-9-12" width="150" height="150" /> You can almost see her wrinkles through her coat in this picture.[/caption]\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_1217" align="alignnone" width="150"]<img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-1217 " title="Bo 7 years old. This handsome (?) guy sure has the sought after hippopotamus head! 1-9-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/bo-7-rs-1-9-12-150x150.jpg" alt="Bo 7 years old. This handsome (?) guy sure has the sought after hippopotamus head! 1-9-12" width="150" height="150" /> Bo loves attention from everybody. I think he is amazing for an "old guy." He has tons of personality! He is almost blind and will not be used for breeding. He loves being outside and the more attention he gets the better. He is very healthy and has never had shar pei fever. He was 6.6 years old when we had him for a few months. He is now back with Medesta.[/caption]\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_1216" align="alignnone" width="150"]<img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-1216" title="Wolf 4 months old, and Bo, a blue, mini Shar Pei. Doesnt get more "Hipopotamus head" then this! plus still healthy and 7 years old! 1-9-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/bo-wolf-1-9-12-150x150.jpg" alt="Wolf 4 months old, and Bo, a blue, mini Shar Pei. 7 years old 1-9-12" width="150" height="150" /> Look how small he is next to a 4 month old, Shep mix puppy![/caption]\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHere we expected our beautiful Gretel (our Cavalier) to be the first to have some colorful puppies and now with the change in fate we unexpectedly have wrinkled colorful babies! Update Gretel did have puppies 2-16-12. I must have the very best job in the whole world! They are all so cute. I probably sound like a broken record " Oh look at this puppy, it is SO cute!"\r\n\r\nTrixie has 3 puppies 1-5-12<img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1308" title="Trixie and Sonny''s black girl, and blue girl (were keeping the blue and would love to keep the black too, but she is available.), 1 month old 3-5-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/trixies-girls-1-month-3-5-12-150x150.jpg" alt="Trixie and Sonny''s black girl, and blue girl (were keeping the blue and trying not to also keep the black girl!), 1 month old 3-5-12" width="150" height="150" />\r\n\r\nI couldn''t help but keep Trixie''s blue girl puppy. Blue is my favorite color and they are all SO cute and first litter of Shar Peis ever..... She has been named Ming. She is a chunk, although small, she has very correct type, even has lots of wrinkles even though as a little puppy she didnt have too many. I love the Shar Pei temperament and look. <strong> </strong>\r\n\r\n<img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1304" title="(Adopted) Bears apricot girl, 1 month 3-5-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/bears-apricote-girl-1-month-3-5-12-150x150.jpg" alt="(Sold) Bears apricot girl, 1 month 3-5-12" width="150" height="150" /> <img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1355" title="Trixies blue girl, 8 weeks old tomorrow. 2-29-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/trixies-blue-girl-8-wks-150x150.jpg" alt="Trixies blue girl, 8 weeks old tomorrow. 2-29-12" width="150" height="150" />\r\n\r\nBesides the extreme heads and extreme wrinkles which is apparently ruining the health of some puppies, the breed has me sold. They are nothing like my preconceived notions of what a Shar Pei is like. <strong>They think, are well behaved, and good with people and dogs. What more could you ask? They also do not shed!</strong>I was told they will "blow coat" once or twice a year and its like a fur fest, but then its over and they just don''t shed the rest of the time. It is the most incredible thing! Update 2-5-12, Sonny is "Blowing coat." He did not shed at all and then everything is coming loose, but its still not as bad as the German Shepherd is on a daily basis. Unfortunately he doesn''t stand well for brushing so we are working on some more manners. He''s just to happy to sit still when hes getting attention. He wants to play! Wolf thinks hes great because he does want to play and that is all Wolf wants to do also. Puppies will be puppies! Sonny is just a year so hes still a puppy at heart..... Bear and Trixie of course have blown coat as the moms do due to hormone changes when pregnant and nursing. Bear really lost tons of coat due to hormone changes with puppies.\r\n\r\nWe feed Fromm and or Earthborn brand dog food to most of the Shar Peis and Cavaliers, which is an excellent kibble, and Bo has already improved color and his coat and weight is wonderful. Really looking forward to the new coats on Bear and Trixie! 3-30-12 Trixie has a great coat but she is also getting too fat! She loves her puppies so much its hard to keep her from eating with them. We are going to have to separate them better at feeding time; Trixie needs a diet. I have started feeding Earthborn Holistic to Puff as she lost weight on fromm puppy, although shes nursing puppies now also. Waiting for the Earthborn Meadow select to arrive for her and her puppies, since its an all life stage dog food. Its grain free and excellent also. You are what you eat also applys to dogs. Some Shar Pei are prone to food allergies, and none of them should be given soy products. Many people also have said no wheat or corn. Trixies older puppies are getting Fromm Gold Puppy, and all the adults but Puff are getting Fromm Classic and doing great on it. I change feed every few months so they may be getting something different by the time this is read.\r\n\r\n<img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1305" title="Bears girls, sable and apricot, at 1 month 3-5-12" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/bears-girls-sable-and-apricote-at-1-month-3-5-12-150x150.jpg" alt="(Both sold) Bears girls, sable and apricot, at 1 month 3-5-12" width="150" height="150" />\r\n\r\n<strong>We have all 3 coat types. </strong>Bo, the 7 year old male, is a blue horse coat, Bear is a rare bear coat originally the coat type kept by the Chinese aristocrat, also blue but much darker. The other 2, Trixie and Puff are brush coats, which have a wonderful feel, kinda like long velvet. Bear''s long soft bear coat is very cuddly, I just love it! The horse coat is very short and harsh, very easy to keep clean, and to see the wrinkles, classic "Shar Pei look." Not great if you like to put your face on their coats, let them sleep in the bed, cuddle, and have sensitive skin like I do, but great for petting.\r\n\r\n<strong>1-25-12: </strong>It looks like Bo will be staying with us, and we are also going to get Sonny back. We had him a very short time and thought he had a home where he was going to be neutered and kept as a pet only. He is wonderful show quality though, and his and Trixie''s puppies are very healthy so he is going to get a chance to be a daddy again.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_1210" align="alignnone" width="122"]<img class="size-thumbnail wp-image-1210 " title="Super friendly Sonny 11 months, only 15.5 inches at the shoulder he is a small mini. Sire to Trixies litter, and Puff''s litter. 12-18-11" src="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/sonny-11-months-12-11-122x150.jpg" alt="Sonny 11 months, sire to Trixies litter. 12-18-11" width="122" height="150" /> This boy is so happy and friendly. He just loves attention.[/caption]\r\n\r\nSonny is a sweet-heart. He is a cream brush coat and as bubbly-happy friendly as Puff, plus has natural eyes and is just down-right excellent type, barely 15.5 inches tall hes just a half inch over toy height, so hes a tiny mini, very handsome. A Shar Pei puppy I had bought for a future stud prospect but had terrible demodex and I had to return him was much bigger then our adults and the puppy was only 7 months old. After returning the breeder claimed he was only 13" measured with a wicket. He was at least 16.5 inches and stil growing. So buyer beware with size claims you may hear for minis unless you measure yourself, plus they often weigh lots more then claimed, they are solid dogs and should weigh a decent amount. We have started working with Sonny to learn some manners as he can be a bit overly happy and bouncy :) He loves to play fetch and play with the other dogs. He never potties in the kennel in the garage. Comes pretty good when off lead and is very happy friendly with everyone, plus not dog aggressive even though he is now a stud dog.\r\n\r\n2-25-12 Puff and Sonny had 4 puppies. We have decided to retain both the apricot bear coat girls. The apricots are very fluffy, Snuggles and Cuddles. They have normal eyes that so far do not need tacking, and lots of wrinkle''s! They are like live teddy bears, I just love them. Plus fully housebroken without even trying! Shar Peis have got to be the easiest breed ever to housebreak.\r\n\r\n<strong>Health testing; </strong>In the search for an unrelated male mini or toy shar pei pup to be able to breed in the future to Ming and Puffs 2 girls (Sonny is their father) I discovered no one actually does health testing on the minis, and very few test more then hips on the standards. They may talk about it on their websites but ask about any current parents.... Or at least I was not able to find them so if someone else does please send me the info!\r\n\r\nWe took all 5 of our adult toy/mini Shar Peis, and both Ming and Snuggles (puppies) to the clinic put on by Rhinelander Dog Club (I think its spelled correctly.) The ophthalmologist was surprised to see Shar Peis and looked it up in a book to discover very few tested ever pass the CERF eye exam. I had already found only about 80 dogs were even listed on the CHIC website. This probably means 2 things. They test so badly people are afraid to get them tested because they wont pass everything and they don''t care enough for the breed to have them tested and work with what is available to improve the breed, or as a breed they are a bit different so they are rated badly in comparison to other breeds and people got frustrated with the biased testing and stopped testing? I dont know which but plan to test for increasing health of the puppies we raise.\r\n\r\nMy westies passed everything they were tested for. Our Cavaliers passed everything they were tested for. The 2 shar pei puppies passed CERF eye checks, the only thing they were old enough for and cataracts are degenerative so as puppies they should pass, but they may not as adults. Not one of the adult Shar Peis passed everything. I am not a stick my head in the sand type of person.\r\n\r\nI believe in health testing as a excellent tool to improve a breed. It completely took care of the collie eye problem in Shelties because the breeders most all tested and made a point to improve the breed. No dog is ever perfect and all you can do is start someplace. There is no way to only breed perfect Shar Peis since it seems there are only a handful of them in the states/world? that passed CHIC, and they may have other things a dog who didnt pass is better, like temperament, or long life. Testing is not an end all be all but its certainly a start. If someone claims good eyes, ask for CERF number and look up the dog, if they claim good hips, patellas, elbows, ask for OFA numbers one for each, or registered name of dogs and look them up on OFA website. The results will be posted if the dog has been tested and passed if it didn''t pass it may not be posted, and many say they were not tested because they don''t want the public to know they didn''t pass. Having a vet look at them is not good enough. Every vet I have had has told me at some point an x-ray would pass as a good rating for OFA was wrong on several different breeds over the years. Including vets others claimed have been right every single time for year for them. Bo will not be used for breeding again. He has hereditary cataracts and detached retinas, he is almost blind. Not from poor diet as a puppy or entropion, which he also has mildly and what I was led to believe was his issues with sight. Thankfully Bear who was pregnant bred to him when we got her has great eyes, although does have entropion also but that is at least correctable. Trixie also had cataracts in both eyes, and her hips didnt look good. She has already been spayed and adopted out. Her puppy Ming tested great, but shes a puppy so we will have her tested again next year. The others all had a very slight issue with something but nothing major. We had a variety of tests done, not everything on everyone of them but hips, elbows, patellas, thyroid and CERF, which are the recommendations for Shar Peis on the CHIC website. Puff had just had puppies so we did not get her hips tested, but the way she can leap and stretch if they are bad it cant be by much and with all the other issues with the breed she is still probably better then 95% of those out there producing puppies. Her eyes were excellent, she has very slight entropion, not enough to cause a problem but we will have it corrected so shes more comfortable. Sonny, who is Bo''s son, does have a very small cataract started in one eye. We will retain him until I have the 2 new male puppies I purchased tested, since he may still be better then they are. update 10-12, one of the male puppies has already not worked out and been returned due to very severe skin issues. He has demodex, which is hereditary also and unfortunately some breeders think its fine to breed them. I personally think its one of the worst things to breed, it causes extreme itching and what is worse then intense itching so bad you scratch your skin to the point of bald redness and/or sores? He also probably had scarcoptic mange which is terrible but at least treatable because its a bug not an immune disorder like Demodectic mange. Now to see how Bolo turns out! All the ones we have have wonderful skin with no problems. If there is nothing better out there it doesn''t help to spay and neuter them all to improve the breed. By breeding to dogs with excellent eyes and slowly spaying and neutering those that are inferior will over time improve the breed.\r\n\r\nAlso keep in mind Shar Peis biggest issues is short life due to kidney issues, which there is no test for until the dog is dead and a histology report is done. So with this in mind. Bo is 7 years old and very healthy, much better then those dieing at 3 to 5 years of age so all is not all bad, even if his sight is
2012/01/bolo-6-m-7-12-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a> So far Bolo is doing great after he was treated for scarcoptic mange his slight itching and patchiness went away and hasn''t returned. Fortunately I treated the other dogs they had been around after we got the 2 puppies who had it so it is gone for good now. Like fleas if you treat correctly and effectively and they aren''t exposed to bugs they don''t have bugs. Bolo is now almost 1 year old. We had his eyes fixed, he did have entropion. He is a happy bouncy silly dog. He does great with the other dogs and is now housebroken. The 2 boys were the only shar peis we had that would pee anywhere at all. Fortunately they learned quickly that they will be taken out to potty and going in the house is not ok. He will go to the clinic in April for health testing. Hopefully he will pass more then he doesnt, he has a guarantee that he would pass everything except entropion.\r\n\r\nUnfortunately its easy to give a guarantee because no one wants to return a dog they have had and love, plus cost for shipping a bigger dog is a lot, a large or extra large crate another big expense, which they wont send back, and then worry what happens to the dog. We have had no updates on how Chong is doing after we returned him and they talked about using him for breeding despite the demodex, since with my intense daily treating had it very well under control and his coat was all coming back in. Turns out he had a leg problem so then she said they wont use him for breeding because of the leg issue. I wish I had never sent him back and just ate the purchase price. I just felt I couldn''t afford spending so much for a breeding quality dog and to then give him away. I should have so I would know how he was being treated, not itching nonstop and loved on as he deserved. They do love their dogs, it seems. Hopefully he has been adopted out and is in a good home with lots of attention. We really love Chong. He had a perfect personality/temperament and everyone who met him loved him even if they thought he was "so ugly he was cute." He got along with absolutely everything and everyone. October 2014? can''t remember exactly when we got a call out of the blue. Someone had purchased Chong! They got our name and number with some paperwork that had been given to them. I was SO relieved to learn he now has a wonderful home!!\r\n\r\nAugust 2015. We learned through the grapevine and then looked it up ourself that Shenanigans Shar Pei have been shut down for neglect and all the dogs were turned over to a humane society. Horrifically almost all dogs there had untreated illnesses. We also had a call out of the blue with a family who adopted Chong!! He is safe and they got him about 6 months to a year after we had returned him. They said he needed vet care but in general was fine. What a huge relief! They adore him as much as we did. :)\r\n\r\n<a href="http://www.laurelswesties.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Chong-7-months-about-to-fly-back-for-refund-9-13-12.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-1912" title="Chong, 7 months old, very improved, reddnes is gone coat is coming back in. About ready to get on airplane for refund 9-13-12. This was one of the very hardest things I have ever had to do!"