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Things To Consider Before Getting An Ori Pei

October 24, 2018

Ori Pei

In the 1940s, the existence of this wrinkly dog with Chinese origins was put at risk. This was when the Chinese government made it illegal to breed dogs in the country. Luckily, neighboring countries like Hong Kong continued to breed the Shar Pei, a parent breed to the Ori Pei, until it was introduced in the United States later on.

The Ori Pei is also known as the Sharpug and is a cross between a purebred Pug and a purebred Chinese Shar Pei. It is smaller and has fewer health issues than the Chinese Shar Pei, which was what the original breeder was looking for. It has wrinkles, but less than the Shar Pei.

Here are some things to consider before you consider purchasing an Ori Pei puppy:


The Ori Pei was created in North America in the 1970s. A breeder by the name of Aaron Silver loved the Chinese Shar-Pei breed, but did not like all of the health problems that were commonly associated with it, such as eye tacking, skin problems and hip dysplasia. He wanted to have a smaller version of the Shar-Pei without all of the health problems. He used the Shar-Pei and Pug to create the Ori Pei. Read more at Dog Breed Info…

The Shar Pei breed originated in China and dates back to 200 BC. At that time, it was mainly used for hunting and as a guard dog. It is very popular all over the world today, even though for about two decades it was the rarest dog breed, according to the Guinness World Book of Records. This was around the 1960s and 1970s. It’s popularity grew as a result of its being bred in America. Breeders were able to ensure the Ori Pei had fewer health problems than the original Shar Pei.


The Ori Pei is a hybrid mix of the Pug and the Shar-Pei and, as such, can take on the appearance characteristics of one or both parent breeds.  There have been over six generations of the hybrid bred since 1970 and, from those canine owners and breeders, we have some pretty good descriptions of these cute cuddly canines.  They are described as: weighing from 10 to 30 pounds and standing 12 to 15 inches tall at the withers.  With his pug-like appearance he sports moderate wrinkles, stocky body build, a round massive head, square-shaped muzzle and dark eyes.  Read more at Wag Walking…

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Most Ori Pei dog breeds have a similar appearance to both their parents. In particular, they have softer features than the Shar Pei and not nearly as much wrinkles. However, they still have the same stocky build and square face. While some prospective dog owners may find the appearance endearing, others may not be so inclined.


Training this bundle of joy shouldn’t be too hard, considering Ori-Peis are eager to please and great listeners. Depending on how much they take from their Pug side may make them a little harder to teach tricks to, as Pugs are inherently headstrong and like to dance to the beat of their own drum, so to speak. If you reward good behavior with treats and remember to socialize them early in order for their positive attitude to shine, training them should be a breeze. Read more at Pet Guide…

The Ori Pei is generally not difficult to train. However, bear in mind that he may tend to bark at children if he is not acclimatized to children, and socialization in general, at a young age.

Now that you have some useful information on the Ori Pei, you can decide whether you want one as your next puppy. Give us a call on (703) 870-7555 for more details on this and many more breeds you can choose.