Proper toenail trimming important for the health and comfort of your Shar-Pei, and it is probably the one thing owners are the worst about.

When a Shar-Pei is standing, its toenails should not touch the floor. Letting a Shar-Pei's toenails hit the floor is like a letting person's toenails grow to push against the tip of their shoes.

Frequent walking on cement can file toenails naturally, but will not completely eliminate the need for trimming.

When possible, I prefer to use a hand held dremel rather than clippers. A dremel gives me better control and is safer for the dogs.

For adults I use a cordless heavy duty dremel model.

With young puppies, I use a lightweight cordless version from walmart for $19.95. This is quieter and less disturbing to the puppies. They will resist and squirm, but just ignore them and trim. This is the least favorite part for a puppy, but if they are trimmed weekly, they will become accustomed to it.

Causing a toenail to bleed is much better than letting the toenail get too long. You can use styptic powder available from any drug store to stop the bleeding.

Last updated on 11/14/2010
Owner: Monica Chang
"Photo by Bruce G. Holcomb. Our family was searching for a pet quality Shar-Pei and found our perfect little guy at Baggins Kennels! Aesthetically he was beautiful, his blue-green eyes gorgeous, his apricot coat soft with lots of wrinkles…but most impressive to us was his temperament. Such a loving, sweet puppy, very smart and bonded immediately to our family. He became housebroken quickly learning how to ring his bell to go outside by 9 weeks. His eagerness and ability to learn commands is amazing and understands 6 hand signals at 3 months old. He’s full of love and is the love of our lives! We couldn’t be happier with Baggins Kennels that they offer such high quality Shar-Peis. They seem to breed for temperament, health and intelligence whether you’re looking for show or pet quality. It’s tempting to add another to our family!"

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