Ori-Pei, Shar Pei / Pug

We care about our dogs and their puppies!

Due to the health problems Shar Pei have across the breed we no longer raise Shar Pei or Shar Pei cross (which would require having an AKC Shar Pei parent.)

Sky is our last AKC Shar Pei. She is a doll but 5 years old so we are retiring her. info is farther down on the page. 

One week old puppy.

Ori Pei Puppies for Sale in IL

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

Cava-Pei Puppies for Sale in IL

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. Her favorite breed is the French Bulldog though.

We now raise French Bulldogs and my son has a few English Bulldogs. They also have wonderful temperaments and are super adorable.

Frenchies are healthier and not heartbreaking as it is when your Shar Pei, or Ori-Pei (which does not have a purebred pug as one parent, but has Shar Pei on both parents sides) come down with amyloidosis and only live 3 to 6 years. 

Our last 2 ori-pei puppies who have gone to new homes. Sorry we will not be having any more. See below for information.

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

There is so much to say about we came to breed first generation cross Ori-Pei puppies, and why we no longer raise them. Our Shar Pei girls are all now older and in pet homes, or have passed away, except Sky who is now 5 year old and available fr adoption.

Pei crosses are some my favorite ever dogs! They are smart, squishy soft, cuddly, very easy to train, and just beautiful. Saddly due to the serious health problems Shar Pei have we are no longer breeding Shar Pei and therefore will not have any more Ori-Pei since Sky is retired. She is our last purebred Shar Pei.

An Ori-Pei puppy which has shar pei on both parents side of the family tree is at risk for all the same health problems the pei have. So multigenerational crosses are potentially going to die prematurely of malignant cancer and/ or amyloidosis. I get calls from families who have one purchased elsewhere and many have serious allergies too. But the personality is so terrific some people feel its worth the risk. At some point they will develop better tests and be able to improve the breed. I can't handle seeing a dog die of a disease at only 3 to 6 years old, so as much as I love them we won't breed pure Shar Pei anymore. 

Only a first generation cross, or a mix with pei only on one side of the family tree is less likely to have the Shar Pei health problems.

Past Puppies!

AKC Chinese Shar Pei

 Sky, a blue mini pei, is retired and available to the right home. 

 

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, 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. 

​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 pei cross 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.

Now that my son has Bulldogs (English Bulldogs) we thought about another popular cross of bull-pei. I decided a bulldog tenacity to not let go, with a shar pei protective instinct may not be a good combination for the average home. If they felt the need to bite someone or something they would be impossible to get off. For a handler use to training and handling strong protective dogs they would be fine, but not for the average home. I hope people understand matching the dog breed and personality to the home is a serious project.

We no longer breed purebred Shar Pei due 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 were 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.)


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

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

The breed has to be one of my favorites. But its so sad, and not worth the heartache.

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. There is now a test to tell how many copies they have, but still it only reduces the chance a small bit if the number is very low, 5 or under.

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 meals 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 nd the other families who fall in love with them, 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