Ori-Pei, Shar Pei, Cava-Pei

We care about our dogs and their puppies!

Our puppies are all born in our home, under very close supervision.

Blog/FAQ tab has "Deposit information," "What comes with your puppy," and "FAQ" pages, please check them out. A puppy is a very serious decision. Please do not get a puppy,  or a dog if you have any hesitation about long term responsibility of a furry best friend. 

Some parents and grandparents OFA (Orthopedic Foundation Association) certificates are on the parent page for each breed in the cross, for patellas, hips, hearts and eyes as recommended by each breed club. (Many breeders do no testing at all!) 

One week old puppy.

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At a few weeks old they have their eyes open and are healthy chubby puppies.

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I usually take pictures when the puppies are 3 to 4 weeks old and have their eyes open.

The selection for a puppy changes quickly, and as you can see by the photos each of  our babies are adorable! 

Fortunately they are all so cute and everyone likes something a bit different even when there is just one available he/she is still the perfect puppy for somebody.

The puppies will be ready for their new home when they turn 8 weeks old. 

Moms due are listed under the current puppies section below. Please see each litter listed below for availability if any, and check the note of moms due if none are available.

My daughter is offering a new service available for training new puppies from our kennel. See more information under the recommendations page. She has said several times the Shar Pei cross are just the easiest ever to work with.

Current Puppies!

Past Ori-Pei and Cava-Pei puppies in the slide show, farther down on the page.

There is so much to say about these puppies and how we came to breed Shar Pei cross puppies, see history below.

Baby Boo, (Ori-Pei) and Zander, (AKC Cavalier) have 3 male and 2 female puppies born 6-16-18. They are the most adorable puppies ever! 3 have longer coats and 2 brush coats. Also so snuggly! Very mellow, laid back puppies. My cousin was visiting and held one of the girls almost the whole time she was here. She couldn't believe how cuddly the puppies are! Photos at 1 week old, and sleepy pictures at 4 weeks old. 

3 male and 2 females are available!

They a super happy, cuddly puppies! A MUCH better cross, smart, extra cuddly, and easy to train. 🙂 

Need more new photos, cute smooshy faces. They were so cute sleeping when held I forgot to take pictures to see them better. 

Mom's Due

The mom's like to cycle at the same time as their friends. We may have no puppies at all, and then suddenly like a snowball effect have lots of puppies! (Female canines only cycle about once or twice a year, unlike some other mammal's.

I think any of the Pei crosses are some my favorite ever dogs! They are smart, squishy soft, cuddly, very easy to train, and just beautiful.

We are waiting for Sky and Fuzzy Bear to come in season.

Its too early to tell yet if a mom due more then a month, or more away are expecting  puppies for sure, or not. 

 Deposit information for future puppies

Until the puppies arrive we just don't know how many, or what sex they will be. Deposits for puppies not born yet are simply for a puppy either in an expected litter, or for one who will be 8 weeks old closest to when a puppy is desired. We let families pick their puppy in the order we have received deposits.

History!

Past Ori-Pei and Cava-Pei puppies in the slide show below.

There is so much to say about these puppies and how we came to breed Shar Pei cross puppies.

By 8 weeks old, a designer Pei cross puppies are as easy as any Shar Pei ever was to housebreak (which means a day, or 2 only) and as sweet and outgoing as the parent breeds. The perfect combination!

Ori-Pei; AKC Shar Pei/ AKC pugs. We really appreciate breeds that are easy to housebreak! Pugs are not very easy to housebreak, but have just the happiest personality, very popular dogs.

Cava-Pei; AKC Shar Pei/AKC Cavalier. They are so sweet and agreeable! 

Cavaliers and Pugs are terrible "watch dogs," they love everybody and everything! They may try to lick someone to death, or accidentally trip an intruder trying to say "hi"….

​Shar Pei are one of the smartest dogs ever. They love their families. They can be good watch dogs, and either friendly with strangers, or they can be standoffish with strangers. They will protect their family from harm naturally, especially the children.

Crossed together they are excellent with children, love families and get along great with everyone, yet are aware not all people are nice (of course they still need socializing). They are healthy, and very easy to train. We just love these puppies!

I love smart dogs, but smart dogs can be difficult as they do think and get into trouble figuring things out for themselves, but with the submissive sweet cavalier, or Pug half they are so willing to please, and not quite so "into everything."

We have heard back from all the families who adopted one of our cava-pei puppies who each have said they had 0 to at most 3 accidents ever and that was it, they were housebroken. Most had no accidents at all. We have our first litter of Ori-Pei and they too were climbing out of their puppy box to go potty just like the Shar Pei do.

Their size has ranged from small, 15 pounds to medium about 40 pounds.

My mom has made it clear of all the puppies she thinks they are just the cutest ever, soft plush coats, and fat squishy faces. I try hard not to have favorites, but just love Shar Pei and their designer cross!

Now that my son has Bulldogs (English Bulldogs) We may try another popular cross of bull-pei.

We no longer breed purebred Shar Pei do to the health problems (See Shar Pei info at bottom of page.) There is no test for amyloidosis which can cause shar pei to die at 3 to 6 of kidney or organ failure. Research is being done to learn more about it.

We cant bear to have our puppies have health issues. To prevent it we are crossing the Shar Pei with another breed which virtually eliminates the chance of amyloidosis because the other breeds don't carry it. The cross only prevents it in a first generation cross. (not ori-pei to ori-pei! anytime shar pei is on both sides of the family tree it adds the potential problem right back in to the puppies.)


 

Past Puppies!

AKC Chinese Shar Pei

We have 3 adult Shar Pei who have been spayed and is available for adoption to a pet home. 

They of course are housebroken perfectly.

Horse coat, red fawn, Bam Bam (3 years old, spayed.) Bear Coat, isabella, Honey Bear (5 years old, spayed). Bloodwork was done when they were spayed and it is all normal. We have not had any health problems with either of them.

Bam Bam is friendly and likes everyone and is good with most dogs. She never had puppies. The pug was too short and we were too busy to assist. We have her father Bolo. He is also very healthy and just a doll.

Honey Bear was not socialized well and adores the people she knows, but barks at those she doesn't, or if they are acting loud or threatening. She loves my grandsons and family. She is good with male dogs, but bossy with female dogs. Typical Shar Pei personality. She loves to be in the house and really would love a family of her own.

Brush coat, black, Kashe, (Who was returned as a 6 year old adult dog, spayed.) We don't know why they returned her, he said they just love her and didn't want to talk about it. She has attached herself to me the way Puff did, since she was a house dog she has stayed in with us as we also didn't have any open kennels. (See Puffs story below) I have no idea why she likes me so much, maybe just because I insist she behave? She was not socialized well and barks at people coming in the door, or anywhere if she doesn't know them, but is getting much better and now will be quiet and back off when I tell her. She is so smart. At 6 years to learn new behaviors is amazing. She needs a person of her own who doesn't mind a watch dog, yet is willing to tell her to stop once the alarm is over and they are guests. She's good with the other dogs and she and Cappy the little poodle play really well. I don't think she has been around dogs since she was a puppy here so I was surprised how fast she adjusted to lots of dogs around.

Sky and Alvin who has OFA hips, patellas, eyes and is CHIC certified (Shown on the Westie parent page.) had unplanned puppies 11-26-16.

The puppies are super cute, and SO unusual!! LOADS of personality and are very smart!

These guys adapt incredibly fast. Definite thinkers. Easy going with the other dogs and puppies too, housebroken, crate trained really fast. They have a coat similar to a westie, only they shed even less then a westie, which is almost non-shedding to start with.

Since Westies and Shar Pei are 2 of my favorites, they are the perfect designer cross for those who want a smaller sturdy dog that can go anywhere, do anything, and have a very low maintenance coat with next to no shedding! Unfortunately they are unknown so no one knew what they were and we didn't react the breeding.

All the families lucky enough to get one of them just love them!

2 of the puppies went to a trainer for potential therapy dogs! Libby is just so impressed with how fast the puppies not only learn, but remember, and how fast they adapted to new situations! The male is now a working therapy dog for a little girl with downs syndrome. They love each other 🙂

 


Please read below for purebred Shar Pei information and health concerns and we we started the healthy designer cross with Shar Pei instead.

We have not been breeding any AKC Shar Pei for over a year. They have got to be the cutest ever puppies!

​We do occasionally have adults available for adoption, See Bam Bam, Honey Bear and Kashe above.

The breed has to be one of my favorites. But its so sad.

After reading anything I could find it seems to always end up with finding researchers are still working on a test to tell if any given dog will develop amyloidosis, a potentially fatal disease. Cute isn't as important as health when your fur baby is literally sick as a dog, and going to die prematurely.

ALL pure-bred Shar Pei carry 5, or more copies of the gene which is linked to the disease.

The cuter they are with thicker skin and massive wrinkles it is more likely they have more copies of the gene then the dogs who "don't look like a shar pei".

To be sure to not develop the disease, the dog must have 4 copies or less. As you can see there is not a bloodline free from the problem no matter what they look like, since all Purebred Shar Pei have 5 or more copies. It is the entire breed. Many can and do live a long time, even 17 years, and never have an issue. But others develop the problem between 3 and 6 years of age. Any inflammation such as allergies, or injuries, add's to the onset and development of the disease in a dog predisposed. Many people don't realize that. Allergy testing is very important in the breed if there are any symptoms of allergies for this reason.

Because its a recessive characteristic in all Shar Pei, but not known to be consistently in any other breed, when they are crossed with another breed you can then have a healthy puppy almost guaranteed not to develop amyloidosis. Of course in life the impossible happens, but this is one of the many instances where hybrid vigor and healthier puppies from a cross does happen.

The designer cross puppies have many of the terrific characteristics of the Shar Pei we love, yet a 95% or more reduction in chance of a fatal disease! The Cavaliers worst health problems are also rare, or unheard of in the Shar Pei, so it works from both directions to have a healthier adorable puppy. Plus Cavaliers are very friendly happy dogs. The hybrid puppies will still be a watch dog, but they are friendly and probably not likely to be protective as Shar Pei can be. They may just trip and slobber on intruders. Both breeds are know to love children!

It took almost 2 years but we finally have Ori-Pei puppies being born!

Shar Pei have been crossed with Pugs for a very long time. The first generation cross, or if only 1 grandparent is a Shar Pei, like an Ori-Pei mom and a Pug father, the chance of preventing amyloidosis is the best. If its 2 Ori-Pei crossed then the chance has been added back in for Amyloidosis, since they can get genes from both parents with Shar Pei in them.

We have stopped breeding purebred Shar Pei ever since we suddenly had 2 AKC Shar Pei puppies we had sold, as 3 year olds and 2 of our moms develop amyloidosis, all in the same year. Prior to that I had thought it was very rare and we had never had a problem, nor had we even had a shar pei with shar pei fever. Shar Pei fever is pretty common problem in Shar Pei, and generally thought to be linked to amyloidosis, but its not all inclusive. Talking to others and reading Shar Pei forums it happens throughout the breed. As explained briefly above, there is no way to prevent, or reduce its occurrence, except by crossing to another breed.

Shar Pei housebreak themselves. They must be the cleanest easiest puppy in the world to housebreak! The crosses keep that wonderful trait. 🙂 They also are very intelligent. Which is both good and bad! Smart dogs are creative when bored, or in finding ways to avoid doing what you want in favor of doing what they want. On the plus side, they do want to please and can learn a trick in minutes. They think about what their doing.


Puff, our first to develop a problem, had attached herself to me. In general I love every dog, or critter I come across. Its rare for one to be so determined to be my best buddy though because I know I adopt them out when they retire and I dislike having favorites, feeling guilty if I give one more attention then another, so I don't encourage them to want me as their favorite person. Plus its not fair to not love on them all equally.

Puff though was determined. She followed me everywhere (many do but she was different), she knew when I didn't feel well, she was just an absolute love, crawling up on the couch anytime I had a moment to sit down, or sleeping next to me very carefully if I fell asleep when not feeling well on the couch.

I cant describe the connection she insisted on making with me. If she was out in the kennels, since we rotate who is in the house, she was pretty content and happy to see me but not whiny insistent. She would just look at me. Somehow that look and good behavior made it impossible to ever keep her in the kennel. She became a permanent house dog. Plus she was so good; great with people, other dogs, came when called, stayed home when loose.... Didn't tolerate any dogs being bad but never started a ruckus herself.

She loved puppies, anyones puppies. She would have to investigate every puppy. Although all the Shar Pei are extra curious and they all were always getting into the pictures when I was taking puppy pictures!

She let Trinket, the sickly French Bulldog puppy we had adopted sleep on her, pull on her lips and never fussed at her. In the end when it was Puff who didn't feel well it was Trinket who laid with her when I had to get up to do chores on her last days while we tried different medications to help her nausea and to get an appetite back.

Puff had severe kidney failure for almost a year. It came on unexpectedly and so bad the Vet expected her not to make it a week. She stayed a few days getting IV fluids, but she didn't want to be at the vets and she wasn't any better. She wouldn't eat anything for them. We brought her home expecting it to be her last few days.

I handmade her food and she loved it. Although her blood-work never improved, with the homemade meals she gained her weight back and acted like a puppy again! You would never know how sick she really was. Also we had allergy testing done and discovered she had such an odd mix of allergies it was easier and healthier to make her meal then trying to find a food she liked and wasn't allergic to.

One day though she wouldn't eat, then started vomiting off and on. Nausea meds didn't work. She wouldn't drink more then a bit and eating was sporadic. She became weak and fell down when she tried to follow me, tail still wagging. When she was so weak, or dizzy she fell over she looked so sad. I laid on the couch with her since she always wanted to be with me and she couldn't follow anymore for a few days hoping the meds would kick in and work so she would eat more then just a bite when I insisted. Art had insisted she would get better and to wait the few days. He also couldn't bear the thought she was still wagging her tail but her body was failing. The meds didn't work and I couldn't bear to see her suffer. We made our last trip to the vets. She's buried here on the farm. Still makes me cry thinking about her and how awful Amyloidosis is.

As much as I just adore the breed I cant see breeding purebred Shar Pei anymore. Its heartbreaking for us and terrible for the dogs who do get sick. Maybe someday if we still have a few AKC Shar Pei left they will come up with a test. Until then we will cross the ones we have with another breed to maintain the wonderful Shar Pei characteristics, but in a healthy happy body.

RIP Puff