One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A compact squarely built dog of a breed of Chinese origin, with a characteristic wrinkly skin and short bristly coat of a fawn, cream, black, or red colour.
- ‘The sire was a Shar Pei and was not a Pug, as we had been told.’
- ‘Do Shar Peis have a lot of health problems?’
- ‘Well-socialised Shar Pei make superb family dogs who are devoted to their owners and children.’
- ‘Many Chinese Shar Peis are dominant or aggressive toward other dogs, especially of the same sex.’
- ‘For connoisseurs of uncommon canines, there's no dog more fascinating than the Chinese Shar Pei.’
From Chinese shā pí, literally ‘sand skin’.
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