Three sizes of Shar-Pei are generally recognized: Standard, Miniature and Toy. The
adult size is primarily determined by genetics. Puppy size, especially at younger
ages, is a poor predictor of adult size. Some puppies grow earlier than others and
some continue growing longer.
If you are looking for a miniature or toy Shar-Pei, I would strongly suggest that
you purchase an older puppy from a reputable breeder. Some unethical breeders will
deliberately underfeed puppies in an attempt to sell standard dogs as miniature
or toy sizes. Not only will these puppies eventually reach standard sizes when provided
with proper nutrition, they may also have lingering health effect from early malnourishment.
Never be in a hurry to purchase a puppy from anyone. A reputable breeder will appreciate
a prospective buyer taking their time to be sure they pick exactly the right puppy
for their family.
Last updated on 11/14/2010