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Ori Pei – Q&A

October 26, 2018


Ori Pei

Friendly, playful and affectionate, Ori Pei are drawing more and more attention from the dog-loving world. Let’s answer some of the most common questions people ask about the breed:

What’s an Ori Pei?

It’s the wrinkly pedigree dog that results from crossbreeding the Chinese Shar Pei and a Pug. It’s also affectionately called the Pug-a-Pei, Sharpug and Pugpei.

How big does an Ori Pei get?

A puppy will typically grows to become an adult of about 12 to 15 inches, and weighing anywhere between 15 and 30 pounds.

What kind of dog is an Ori Pei?

Since it is not a purebred dog, but a cross between the Pug and Shar Pei, the breed’s characteristics will typically be the average of the two parent breeds. They are friendly, playful and good watchdogs (they will alert you of the presence of a stranger at the door, but are also quick to make friends with them).

Ori Pei

It is also considered a designer breed, since the crossbreeding that created the breed was deliberate. The breeder responsible for the breed loved the Shar-Pei breed, but was looking for a smaller version of the same with fewer health issues.

What health problems do Ori Pei have?

Ori Pei that get sufficient exercise and proper diet have minimal health issues. Even so, some of the health problems that this breed is susceptible to include: Epilepsy; Elbow and hip dysplasia; Legg Perthes; Hypothyroidism; Nerve degeneration; Cancer; Patellar Luxation; Sensitivity to vaccinations; Yeast infections and Staph.

Do Ori Pei shed?

Since their parent breeds (Shar Pei and Pug) do not shed much, they do not shed a lot. However, they do shed moderately throughout the year.

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What’s the life expectancy of Ori Pei?

Most healthy Ori Pei live to around 12 to 15 years.

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