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THE DOG MAGAZINE

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SHAR PEI BREEDING

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FAMILIAL SHAR-PEI FEVER HEALTH

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EL SHAR-PEI

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DEAKIE LAWFUL REBELLION - RABEL

BREEDING

SHOWS

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KOBE’S STORY

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AGNIESZKA GAJDZIŃSKA

SPORT

HANDLER

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AMBROGIO VAGO

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VOM OEKONOM

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BREEDERS

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GUMBY’S CHINESE SHAR-PEI BREEDERS

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DRAGON DE KOSHI SHAR PEIS BREEDERS

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WRINKLEDEYES SHARPEIS BREEDERS

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TRAINING YOUR CHINESE SHAR PEI TRAINING

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EDITORIAL

HI, Our goal with this magazine is to promote responsible breeding and dog ownership and to encourage ethical conduct and responsible breeding of purebred dogs. Our vision is to help promote responsible pet ownership and improve the quality of life of every dog show dog or pet. We make it our goal to provide the most up to date and honest information every dog

owner should know.

THE DOG MAGAZINE NO. 6 June 2015 路 EDITOR | GRAPHIC DESIGN Ewa Larsson, Natasja Rutters, Sne啪ka Kuralt

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THE TEAM EWALARSSON My name is Ewa Larsson, Britisher Show Bulldogs we are situated in Canterbury, England. My kennel was established in 1992. My bulldogs live with me inside my house and are raised in a loving environment as one of the family. I believe this approach is reflected in the behaviour of my dogs. Health, a correct temperament and dogs of the highest quality are my goal. Since Spring 2006, I am on the Bulldog Club Inc committee. The Bulldog Club Inc is the oldest Bulldog club in the world, and holds the prestigious Bulldog of the Year Show. I am a Bulldog Breed Specialist Judge currently on “ B” list. I am member of : The Bulldog Club Incorporated, The London Bulldog Society, The South of England Bulldog Society, The Junior Bulldog Club. My affix “ Britisher” is derived from a noun Brit·ish·er which stands for: “An Englishman- a subject or inhabitant of Great Britain”. Please feel free to visit our website. www.britisher.co.uk

NATASJARUTTERS “A little story about who I am and what I do” We live in a small town in southern Netherlands near the Belgium border. I always loved dogs and in particular the Bulldog. And when I got my own place … there was my first English bulldog. For many years I was surrounded by the love of these beautiful dogs. At the moment I share my house with 2 French Bulldogs, who also have a wonderful character only in a smaller body With my male Ch. Carte Truffé Kangaroo Kiss ‘Sydney’ (import Finland) I regularly take part of dog shows in the Netherlands and abroad. I am a member of the Hollandse Bulldog Club and the English Bulldog Club Netherlands. Beside designing and spending time with my dogs I love to be creative, like painting and photography. For more information about my dogs www.mybulldogs.nl and work www.mdgraphics.nl

I first started to be seriously involved in Cynology, when I bought my first Rhodesian ridgeback (Cubo) from breeder Mr. Andrej Fister – Kyala kennel. Since I had had a ridgeback, I wanted to spent some time and communicate with people who own the same breed. So I became involved and was one of the founding members of Club of Rhodesian ridgeback Slovenia. I was chief of organization of our first special show for Rhodesian ridgebacks in Slovenia. The show entered more than 50 dogs, which was a very nice number for such a small country. We even got Mr. Hans Mueller as a judge, for our first club show, even though the show was not CAC awarded. Soon after, I began my apprenticeship for a Cynology judge, and in January 2011 I acquired a license to judge Rhodesian ridgebacks.

I was born and raised in Southern Slovenia, in a small town called Senovo. By education I am a graphic designer and landscape architect. Currently I am employed in Landscape and GIS Company, where I am a head of marketing and education department.

I currently own two Rhodesian ridgebacks Cubo and Cana. Cubo, his pedigree name is Myollnir Kyala, is one of the most successful show ridgebacks in Slovenia and has always makes me proud. He is 8 years old now and he is calm and mostly a gentleman. Cana (Dikeledi Ayaba) is our female ridgeback, five years old; she brings joy to my life with her silly stunts and happy nature. Cana was imported from Croatia, from Ayaba kennel.

I always felt a great love toward animals, especially dogs. Dogs and cats were always around when I was little and I guess it was meant that that part of my love in life stays with me even in my adulthood.

In my free time I make small products for dog owners, mostly for Rhodesian ridgeback lovers and do different graphic designs for all breeds.

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AUTHOR Barry Bull

BREEDING

SHAR PEI

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Perhaps the most distinctive amongst pedigree dogs because of its famous “wrinkles” and blue-black tongue, the Shar Pei is an ancient breed, definable in Chinese history perhaps as long as 2000 years ago. Cute and adorable as puppies, the Shar Pei quickly matures into an intelligent, trainable, loyal and devoted family dog, although sometimes stubborn, but always lovable. EARLY HISTORY Originating from the southern Chinese province of Guangdong, the breed has been used as an all-purpose farm dog, adept at hunting, herding, and guarding. It is believed that the Shar Pei is one of the oldest known definable breeds, with some statues and drawings of dogs showing the traditional wrinkling of the skin being found as far back as the Han dynasty, some 2000 years ago. As well as it’s use as a farm dog, in later centuries it’s size and loose skin moved the Chinese to use the Shar Pei as a fighting dog, but it’s natural temperament and intelligence suggests that it did not take easily to the “sport”. In the 19th century, traders from Europe took out mastiff type dogs to China, and it is probable that over time these were interbred with the traditional Chinese dogs, including the Shar Pei and the Chow, which introduced the genes to give the heavier type of Shar Pei which subsequently developed in the west. The original Shar Pei, still to be found in China since it’s renaissance from near extinction in the 1970’s, is a taller, finer and small-

er-headed type than the typical modern “westernized” Shar Pei, which have developed along parallel lines since a few dogs were extricated from China by Matgo Law in 1973 and sent to the US to “save the breed from extinction”. The two types are often differentiated as “bone-mouth” for the typical Chinese type, and “meat-mouth” for the western type, which can have more of a resemblance to the Chow Chow, believed to be a close relation in genetic terms due to it’s ancient Chinese origins and the only other breed with a blue-black tongue. This connection has probably also been the main cause of the two coat types, the gtraditional very short and harsh “horsecoat”, and the slightly longer and generally softer (although still harsh) “brushcoat”. Occasionally, a longer coat of more than the standard 1” appears, a “bearcoat”, which is softer, like the Chow, and often with a more Chow shape to the head. “Shar Pei” translates from the Chinese as “sand skin” or “sand coat” some saying this refers both to it’s harsh and sometimes prickly coat, and it’s original sandy colour.

SHAR PEI IN THE WEST: THE USA Despite it’s long history, the Shar Pei is a relative newcomer to the west, arriving in the USA in 1973, and only recognized by the American Kennel Club as a show breed in 1988. The Chinese Shar Pei Club of America was finally accepted by the AKC in 1992, 18 years after it’s establishment, and only after a universal standard for the breed had been finally agreed amongst members, following years of disagreement and conT H ED O G M AG A Z I N E · I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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fusion over what the Shar Pei should be. Help from devotees of the breed in Hong Kong often confused the situation further, as type in America moved further away from the finer, short (or “horse”) coated Chinese type to the more wrinkly, heavier and longer (“brush”) coated dogs being bred in the US. Numbers had grown rapidly in America, but type also varied widely as the popularity of this unique breed caught the imagination, and the CSPCA struggled to establish a standard for the breed against this wide variation in type, even amongst the growing band of serious and dedicated specialist Shar Pei breeders. Difficulties in standardization inevitably arose, but 8 | THEDOGM AGAZI NE

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it’s popularity as a showdog continued unabated, with sometimes in excess of a thousand Shar Pei at a specialty show, and not until 1991 was the first accepted standard published by the CSPCA.

SHAR PEI IN THE WEST: INTO THE UK A decade before, in 1981, the first Shar Pei, a dog, was imported by Heather Ligget into the UK from America, and later that year she brought in a bitch direct from Matgo Law in Hong Kong to establish the breed on these shores, and this was soon followed by imports from the US to Germany and Scandinavia to establish the breed on the continent. In 1982, 14 Shar Pei were


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registered with the Kennel Club, with 4 different owners, but the publicity the breed had received on arrival because of it’s unique features, and particularly the cute appearance of the “wrinkly” puppies, quickly popularized the breed and demand for puppies soared. The serious breeders soon formed the first UK Breed Club, in 1983, as the Shar Pei Club of Great Britain, and a final breed standard was published by the Club in 1988, with illustrations designed to assist the would-be judges of this “new” breed in establishing a uniform interpretation of the standard. Entries at shows steadily increased, often well over 100, and by 1990 the breed had it’s own classes at Crufts. With the Shar Pei also becoming popular as a family pet, numbers steadily increased in the 90’s, and a second breed club, The Midland Shar Pei Club, was set up in 1992, with a full range of services and advice available to all Shar Pei owners. The increasing numbers in the show ring resulted in the award of Challenge Certificates to the breed in 1999, with now 20 sets on offer annually at Championship Shows, although recent years has seen a marked decline in the numbers appearing at this level. Registrations have also fallen from their peak in the early 2000’s, when over 2000 were being registered annually, fuelled by a growing band of hobby breeders, and the inevitable appearance of a small group of unscrupulous puppy farmers, capitalising on the breeds popularity as a pet. Registrations have subsequently fallen to around 1700 annually, but more puppies are increasingly being sold without registration by hobby breeders and puppy farmers to the

less discerning potential owners.

HEALTH This trend has unfortunately added to the health problems in the breed, which were a concern when the breed first appeared here now over 30 years ago, when entropian, poor skin condition and an inherited condition known as Shar Pei fever, often culminating in amyloidosis and premature kidney failure, were common problems. Early breeders and those who have taken now a lifelong interest in the breed, set out long term breeding programmes aimed at eliminating these problems, with notable and considerable success, although the prejudices established in the early days have proved stubbornly pervasive, particularly amongst vets with little experience of the breed, and sadly amongst some who have authority over the UK dog world. This resulted in the breed finding itself on the High Profile Breed list (now Category 3) when this was introduced by the Kennel Club. Vets, however, whose evidence appears to be the prime basis for this and similar decisions, continue to report problems in these health areas, now amongst Shar Pei from hobby and inexperienced breeders and the puppy farmers, but rarely recognizing the tremendous strides made in health improvement by the serious breeders, reflected in the high quality of the show dogs and the breed’s successes in recent years, now regularly taking the highest honours in the show scene. Health and conformation problems often accompany the fashion over the last decade for exaggerated features and fancy colours, which has seen the T H ED O G M AG A Z I N E · I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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emergence of blues, isabellas, lilacs, and now parti-colours and bearcoats all being marketed for a premium, despite being outside the standards to which breeders should all be working, but tempting to the fast-buck brigade and the many oblivious potential owners.

THE STANDARD Health and conformation to the standard are the bywords for those who strive to continually improve the breed. The standard calls for solid colours, including shades of fawn from deep red to cream, black, and chocolate, with a dark pigment to the nose, muzzle, mouth and claws or, in lighter colours, self colouring to match. The Shar Pei is alert, short-coupled, squarely built, between 18” – 20” at the withers, and should show a strength and a free, true movement to reflect it’s working ancestry. Other features of an adult Shar Pei are a broad, deep chest, muscular hind quarters to give active drive from the rear, a flat skull with a moderate stop and fine wrinkles on the head, shoulders and at the base of a high set tail. The head is a distinctive feature of the breed, with a broad muzzle, and padded lips which should not interfere with a scissor bite. Eyes should be clear and dark, almond shaped, and free from any interference from eyelids. Small ears shaped like an equilateral triangle, sometimes curled at the edge, high set and lying flat and pointing to the eyes are also a feature, along with of course a blue-black mouth and tongue. A straight front and moderate angulation to the rear legs, with no excess wrinkles let down, a topline rising gently 10 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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from withers to tail, and small compact feet are also defining features, as is the short, bristly coat of up to 1” in length. Overall the Shar Pei should give a picture of a medium-sized, squarely built, strong and active dog, with a frowning expression belying it’s gentle nature and sound temperament, and with dogs generally larger than bitches.

GROWING UP Litter sizes can show considerable variation, from singles up to 8 or 9, but with an average around 4. Puppies are quick to learn and so early training can avoid some of the later problems with stubbornness and strong will. At about 2 weeks the puppies start to “grow” their wrinkles, which is the stereotypical vision of the Shar Pei often featured in advertising, and usually the initial attraction for would-be owners, Wise to remember, however, that this lovely wrinkly puppy will grow steadily and mature quickly, and should progressively lose most of it’s body wrinkles as it goes through it’s puppy career, and at a year old will be almost like a full adult, perhaps just needing a little more height and body. While a fit Shar Pei will love exercise and play, and show great stamina, they do not demand regimented walks and will happily fit in with family routine. They are easy to keep, only needing an occasional brush (especially during a moult) and bath, but kept together, they will self clean and need little specific care beyond an occasional check for clean ears, clear eyes, and neat claws, which can be kept down with regular exercise on a hard surface. Kept fit, and with the right breeding, Shar Pei


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can now live well into their teens, and average lifespan has steadily increased into double figures, although still too many are lost early, particularly to kidney failure, often associated with poor breeding.

In summary, the Shar Pei is a unique, intelligent, unmistakeable breed, loyal and devoted to its owners. It is alert, and it’s exceptional hearing reflects it’s

ancestry as a good guard, looking after home and family, and fitting easily into the family routines. They are affectionate, lovable and seem to quickly create a unique and enduring bond with their owners, which can easily grow into an obsession with this unique and wonderful breed…. you have been warned!

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AUTHOR Dr. Julia Metzger

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Dr. Julia Metzger Institute for Animal Breeding and Genetics University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover Bünteweg 17p 30559 Hannover, Germany julia.metzger@tiho-hannover.de

Familial Shar-Pei Fever is a hereditary disease in Shar-Pei dogs relatively frequent in the western world. As the name suggests, affected Shar-Peis show recurrent episodes of fever without any apparent cause for this defensive reaction of the body. A similar condition to Familial Shar-Pei Fever is the human Familial Mediterranean Fever, which is characterized by several types of inflammatory reactions that trigger abdominal or scrotal attacks, swollen joints and fever with or without other symptoms. In human as well as in dogs the disease is mediated by autoinflammatory responses of the immune system.

WHAT DOES AUTOINFLAMMATORY MEAN? The immune system is a vital defense mechanism that protects from invaders like bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. In a healthy body this process is able to distinguish between pathogens and the body’s own cells. Disorders of the immune system can result in a misleading reaction in which the body cells are mistaken as pathogens. Various tissues and parts of the body can be attacked by this “autoinflammatory” reaction.

SIGNS AND DIAGNOSIS The most characteristic sign for Familial Shar-Pei Fever is the occurrence of bouts of fever persistent for about 1-4 days. Affected dogs appear to be strongly impaired in their overall well-being during a fever attack. It is a result of an episode of inflammation in the cause of an autoimmunity reaction. After this time period, fever goes down and vanishes as quickly as it has occurred. Further reactions to these

inflammatory processes can be swollen joints, blister-like skin alterations, a reddened and thickened skin as well as recurrent or persistent ear and eye inflammations. In addition, the recurrent circulation of inflammatory cells over a long period of time can trigger further complications like amyloidosis. Abnormally modified proteins can be deposited as the so called “amyloid” in kidney, heart muscle, liver, pancreas and other organs and result in organ damage. These material remains permanently fixed in the respective tissues and cannot be eliminated any more. Affected dogs show unspecific signs like diarrhea or sickness, loss of weight and drowsiness. The clinical diagnosis “Shar-Pei Fever” can be made by the exclusion of other possible causes for fever and inflammation. Especially infectious diseases or parasites should be carefully ruled out. However, the diagnosis for amyloidosis can only be made by detection of amyloid in tissues commonly performed in the course of necropsy and histopathological examination.

THERAPY Familial Shar-Pei Fever is a serious disease with varying degrees of severity and progression. According to the current state of medicine there is no cure for this disease but symptoms can be suppressed to improve quality of live in the affected dog. Non-steriod antiphlogistica (NSAIDs) are commonly used to reduce inflammatory effects. This treatment is not only important for the actual physical comfort of the dog but even more for the suppression of circulating inflammatory substances in order to prevent a secondary amyloidosis as far as possible. Other medicals like colT H ED O G M A G AZ I N E · I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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chicine, which is known to be used for Familial Mediterranean Fever therapy, have been applied for Shar-Pei Fever as well, but no consistent results could be shown.

GENETICS The genetic reason for Familial SharPei Fever is not clear yet. It was suggested that the Hyaluronan Synthase 2 gene (HAS2) plays a role in disease development. Large hyaluronic acid deposits in dogs were proposed to be associated with particularly strongly wrinkled skin might therefore be involved in the development of inflammatory reactions. Nevertheless, an association with the so called “copy number variation� (structural variation in the genome) near HAS2 could not be confirmed in a larger test population. Further analyses proposed that a

possible genetic region involved in Familial Shar-Pei Fever might be further downstream on dog chromosome 13. So far, the genetic cause and mode of inheritance of Familial Shar-Pei Fever is still not fully understood and has to undergo further research. The final aim is to develop a genetic test to enable breeders to avoid mating carriers of disease triggering mutations. The Institute of Animal Breeding and Genetics at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover conducts intensive research on the genetic background of Familial Shar-Pei Fever. Breeders and dogs owners who are interested in taking part in this study are invited to send an EDTA-blood sample and to fill in the form and questionnaire for this research project.

Further information can be obtained at: http://www.tiho-hannover.de/kliniken-institute/institute/institut-fuer-tierzucht-und-vererbungsforschung/forschung/forschungsprojekte-hund/shar-pei-fieber/

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AUTHOR Nuria Alvarez

BREEDING

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Nuria Alvarez, Barcelona - Espa帽a, Tel. 0034.677.04.09.06 / 0034.93.897.98.74, www.sharpis.com Dragon de Koshi Shar-Pei since 1994

There is an ancient breed from China, little Known and very striking, whose most outstanding characteristics are numerous wrinkles all over its body, black bluish tongue, muzzle like the hippopotamus and the ease witch it captivates our heart from the first moment.

TO KNOW THEM IS TO LOVE THEM About 20 years ago, walking down a street in Barcelona, I was surprised to see a beautiful black colored puppy whose body was full of wrinkles. In the shop window of a pet shop, It was an arrow shot to the heart. Love at first sight. It was then I decided that this peculiar puppy was going to be incorporated into our family.

strong dog for combat, with loose skin which allowed it to turn around and attack the opponent event if it had bitten him. The thickness of this skin created a barrier protecting internal organs, the rough and rigid texture of this hair was uncomfortable in the mouth of his adversary, small, sunken eyes, small ears made it difficult to inflict painful wounds strong law, bite like scissors and scimitar-shaped canine teeth. But the SharPei did not have an aggressive nature on the on the contrary. It was friendly and kind, and therefore not suitable for dog fighting. When the arrival of Mao Tse Tung, and new laws witch dictated that the possession of dogs was a symbol of luxury, he ordered the extermination of all the canine species.

But as fate would it that puppy we brought home with so many illusions, became ill with a very malicious virus and died from it. I was only able to enjoy him for a week. A week in which I learned how affectionate he was and that, despite his illness, he was strong and vigorous and had great dignity throughout his suffering.

There were only a few Shar-Pei left in some small village, and after bringing them together, a lover of the breed, Matgo Law, published an article in an American magazine, explaining the black future that was to become of the breed. As a last attempt he sent S.O.S. to prevent the extermination of the breed.

His character captivated me!!!

It was a success since many applications were received to adopt this peculiar breed in American homes and continue the work of breeding and improvement.

A BIT OF HISTORY There is very little information as to the origin of the breed although it is assumed that it could be dated back more than 2000 years, since there dragon statues of bronze with wrinkles on their foreheads which carried on throughout their bodies, guarding tombs of emperors of the Han Dynasty. Its origin might have been in a small town called Dha Let or from the north of China, in the area of Tibet. The peasants used it as a grazing dog and also for dog fights as it had morphological characteristics that made it a

WHAT IS ITS CHARACTER LIKE? Actually, Shar-Peis are very vigilant and observant dogs, but no means aggressive. In fact, according to their ancestors when they had to go to fight it was proved that they were dogs that had no aggressiveness whatsoever. They will only give a warning when they hear some strange noise or see something abnormal. T H ED O G M A G AZ I N E 路 I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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They are extremely curious. During the time that we lived in a central Barcelona street, our Shar-Peis spent hours on the terrace, raised up on a small step from where they could get a view of the street. We saw it as their heads were following the movement of the passers-by. We were able to observe that they were very sociable with other breeds. When we went out with them for a walk on the beach or in the mountain, it was inevitable that we would come across other dogs. They would go to the dog they met sniff for a few minutes each one on either side. If at times we met dogs, especially small breeds that growled or barked they would turn around and just leave. They don’t like problems, they are very friendly. If, from small they are used to living with other species, they will become inseparable friends. 20 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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The Shar-Pei is a dog which has many virtues: it is clean, intelligent, loving and at the same time very independent, quiet, and does not bark, it is ideal for living in a palace or in a small apartment, as it rapidly adapts to its new family and to its new environment. They like to be stroked all the time, only feeling the closeness with their owner makes the dog feel special and happy. It is also an ideal dog to be with children. It integrates very well with kids. It is tolerant in games, patient and very affectionate. They don’t need very long walks they adapt to everything. If on one day we go for a long walk they treat it like a game, but it on another day there is not so much time for a walk they are satisfied with a shorter distance. From being very young puppies, being born only a few weeks, the learn to hold necessary until away from their


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basket, holding the unthinkable until they can take their daily walk or find a proper place, like a place where there is earth. A few weeks ago we sent a puppy to Buenos Aires (Argentina). The plane trip was about 14 hours and during this time we had to add the departure formalities and landing, which added up to 20-22 hours in total. The puppy came out clean and completely dry. But you can be sure that you know was the first thing he did when he came out of the shipping container‌. They love sunbathing, recharging bat-

teries in this way and benefitting from solar radiation for their health and their hair. They can remain exposed for a long time under the sun, reaching very high body temperatures by combining this exposure with shade. Remember that you should always have water and shade at their disposal. They are very smart dogs, they learn quickly, but they are strong willed and stubborn. It is easy to train them because they learn ideas quickly but if there is a command that they do not want to carry out it is extremely difficult T H ED O G M A G AZ I N E ¡ I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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to make them obey. Faithful, friendly, cheerful, jovial, sensitive, sweet, prudent… It is a dog ideal for joining us in our sweet and bitter moments… TO KNOW THEM IS TO LOVE THEM !!!!!!

THE SHAR-PEI TODAY It is a breed that, although relatively young in our country, enjoys great popularity, giving rise to several breeders in recent years. Shar-Pei currently enjoys great participation in the Spanish rings, coming to be in a Mandatory Point, about 60 dogs. But the quality is not very homogeneous, with dogs of high quality dogs

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that contrast sharply with the lowest quality. This is because some breeders come only to participate in events in order to get ratings or championships that allow them to better sell their puppies, leaving aside the objectives of improving the breed. Of note is the increase in entries in the LOE in recent years, reaching double the number of entries. One reason that powered this increase was the creation of the Chinesse Shar-Pei Club of Spain. Since the breed club, a hard and meticulous work on breeding plan was carried out and the breed was enhanced at dog shows. Today, although the club still exists, just it has movement.


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Also, there are very committed breeders race, making significant imports from abroad, especially the US and Britain and is gradually leading to more homogeneous and more competitive internationally dogs. Currently, we can highlight major achievements of our dogs competing in exhibitions at European level, representing Spain with excellent results, such as, Ch.J. “Dragon of Koshi Keeper you are the music in me” (European Junior Winner 2009 in Budapest - Hungary) BISS Multi Ch “Gala Red Dragon of Koshi” (European Winner 2009 and Best of Breed in Dublin - Ireland) BISS Multi Ch “Svejii Veter Rainbow Victories for Nantou” (World Cham-

pion 2010 in Herning -Denmark) Ch “Dragon of Koshi Zowie” (Junior World Winner 2012 in Salzburg - Austria) Ch.J. “Dragon de Koshi Qadis” (European Junior 2014 in Brno – Czech Republic and Reserve CAC in Crufts 2015) BISS Multi Ch. “Deakie Lawful Rebellion” (BISS Specialty France Club Show, European Winner 2013 in Salzburg – Switzerland, and BOB Crufts 2014 and 20015 And many bred dogs at home, Champions Spain, Portugal, Gibraltar, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Romania, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Pan American, International, among others. T H ED O G M A G AZ I N E · I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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AUTHOR Claire Davis (Deakie)

PHOTOS Claire Davis (Deakie) Archive

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Born at Deakie into a litter of 5 – 3 of whom survived with each of the 3 having done well in the show rings of UK and Europe, Rebel has surpassed even the high expectations of his breeder (ME)! He always oozed quality, from an early age I knew in my heart he was destined for greatness trained as a young puppy and residing with me in the UK until he was nearly 6 months old it was a very difficult to allow myself to part with him but he was sold to Nuria Alveraz from Barcelona Spain who has really pushed this excellent young male to the top of the dog show rankings in Europe. A joint effort of a

breeder that will sell the most promising with trust to the new home that they will take the best care of both the dog and its bloodlines and excellent owner who puts the miles into training conditioning and showing is what has propelled Rebel to the standing he so rightly deserves. Rebel is a Best In show Speciality Multi Champion and Multi Junior Champion, with 2 Best of breed wins at Crufts he is 1 CC away from becoming a UK Champion, it would be amazing to add that title to his ever growing list, but away from the shows he is a sweet happy tempered dog who sleeps on T H ED O G M A G AZ I N E ¡ I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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the bed with his loving owner, the pair have a real connection that is apparently when they are in the ring showing. He was sired by UK Ch Tianshan Funky Red Rocco, who’s breeder was BOB at Crufts with another Rocco son in 2013, and his mother is Rozabarons In Stitces Over Deakie she was a pick back from the litter sired by my male Fritz, Stitches breeder Rachel Gomez also breed the BOB at Crufts winner 2012 so for the last few years you could say Crufts has become a real family affair! From a breeders perception Shar Pei are a fascinating but intricate breed that take many years to try to understand just when you believe you have the mixture correct another curve ball will be thrown at you. They are standoffish and naturally wary of strangers which makes them a little more difficult to condition for shows than some of the other outward breeds, they need firm but kind handling from an early

stage with much socialisation, human contact, and environmental stimulation. We look for a square balanced animal with good angulation a nice brick shape head with small ears, nice open eyes a correct scissor bite (bites are a problem with this breed in particular from show prospective) blue black tongue flews and gums, the coat should be harsh and offstanding without trace of undercoat, coat length can be an issue it is acceptable for the coat at the withers to be up to an inch in length but it is preferably shorter than that, both from a judges perception and that of a breeder if you have two dogs in the ring of exactly equal merit construction and standard the dog with the shorter coat must win/be the preference for coat type. They are a gentle and loving breed towards their owners and family, my dogs live with 2 other breeds (Dalmatians and Schipperkes) without issue, however great care is taken when inT H ED O G M A G AZ I N E · I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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troducing new dogs of any breed in the home environment, pack instincts are strong in Shar Pei, and once they are a bonded group can be quite a formidable force in themselves. Often I have heard at shows how Shar Pei are a breed of bad temper not to be trusted with other dogs, this is a terrible falseness more frequently than not if there is an altercation with a Pei it will be in defence, this breed properly raised rarely starts trouble but be warned they will not back down if offended. I have been fortunate to breed many Best In Show both Speciality and FCI Championship Show, Multi Champion/ Multi Junior Champion dogs with the help of some wonderful owners who have become close friends, It would be amazing if Rebel could gain his UK crown with a 3rd CC whether that will come at Crufts remains to be seen … Will he Won’t he? I am sure will be the question on many lips …. We will have to find out in March 2016

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History was made on February 21, 2014 when Kobe earned his MACH (Master Agility Champion) and became the first MACH Chinese Shar-Pei in the history of the sport. Kobe has made history 2 more times since then earning a second MACH on December 30, 2014 and his TQX (triple Q excellent) title on February 22, 2015 again becoming the first and only Shar-Pei to have earned these titles. Our journey continues and I hope to set several more records with him over the next few years as we continue to train and trial together. When I first brought Kobe home at 10 weeks of age he was an energetic puppy so full of love and life. I started clicker training him right away and he was a happy, eager and quick learner. Unfortunately at 12 weeks old he got pneumonia and then at 14 weeks old he broke his leg and had to be crated

24/7 until he was 6 months old. So his early training was extremely limited and he missed out on some important socialization time. When he was finally released from his confinement he was quite a wild beast that had grown considerably during those long months. He was in need of conditioning as his leg was badly atrophied. So we began with walking, then jogging and progressed to biking. I had him entered in conformation about 3 weeks later where he earned his first points the very first time in the ring. He then went on to quickly finish his breed championship by 14 months of age. It was after earning his championship that I began formal agility training with Kobe. Kobe likes to run (he has a CAA title), loves tunnels and has a lot of energy that needs to be properly channeled. In the beginning he had trouble focusing on me often finding dirt T H ED O G M A G AZ I N E 路 I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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more interesting. Kobe had difficulty in agility class situations as he got so amped up that he would just run wildly, especially after coming out of a tunnel, sometimes charging other dogs or just generally zooming around until he tired himself out. So I pulled him out of class and took some private lessons. I also began training him in various other dog sports (obedience, rally, herding, tracking) to help him improve his handler focus and to assess both of our interest and aptitude in other areas. While my ultimate goal was a good agility dog, I was concerned that he was not focused or interested enough in agility so I began trialing him in other dog sports where he showed an interest. That also helped us to gain valuable ring experience as a team and earn some other titles as well. I had to restart him in agility classes 3 times before he was finally able to work around other dogs without being a nuisance. In the beginning I had my doubts that I’d ever be able to get him into an agility ring and then as the years passed I wondered if he would be to old to have much of an agility career. Even though it took many years of training I never gave up and Kobe was finally ready for the agility ring. My tenacity paid off when he made his agility debut about one month after his 4th birthday. Lots of exercise (we hike about 20-25 miles per week) finding a good motivator/reward (he loves bully sticks) and teaching him to really tug were key components to our success. When I began pairing the bully sticks with training that’s when Kobe really started to turn on to agility. I also use his leash as a toy and actually “tug” him into the ring which gets him into drive and ready to run. Despite his physical maturity Kobe was

(and still can be) somewhat of a wild boy in the ring, especially on his first run of the day. So I started entering him in FAST (which is usually run first thing in the morning) to let him burn off some steam. This really helped and then he was better able to focus on his subsequent runs in the regular classes. It took about 2 years for him to go from Novice to MACH and then another 10 months to earn MACH 2. My goal for 2014 was 2 MACHs in T H ED O G M A G AZ I N E · I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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a year and Kobe earned that second MACH on December 30, 2014 nearly the last day of the year. It was the last show of the year, the last day of the trial, the last class of the day and he needed 9 points to MACH out of the JWW class. He typically gets 5-7 points in JWW so it looked doubtful that he would MACH that day or year but it must have been fate because Kobe scored 11 points on his final run. I was shocked and in awe and so proud of my little tank dog who ran his best in the last class of a 4 day trial, making history yet again. 38 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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I’m also very grateful to Roberta Libman of Mikobi Chinese Shar-Pei for breeding this wonderful boy. She is his biggest supporter and has encouraged us all along the way. I hope Kobe’s accomplishments help to inspire other Shar-Pei owners, I’d love to see more of you in the agility ring. The road to success may be long but the joy in the journey and the rewards along the way will amaze and delight you. Look what happened to me; I got the best agility Shar-Pei of all time: CH MACH 2 Mikobi’s Got Beef? BN RE CDX MXG MJG OAP OAJ MXF MFB TQX T2B CAA CGC


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competitions and also as a potential stud. After this initial setback I pereserved with the breed and got to know its characteristics which resulted in a never ending love and admiration for the Shar Pei. I was hooked! Two years later a second Shar Pei has joined me , which like the first was to be a top quality show dog , unfortunatelly once again the reality had hit me. In this case it was the fact the zero knowledge about the Shar pei existed by Veterinary surgeons in my country . That second dog also started and finished his show career at the World Dog Show in Poznan in 2006. He was entered in the puppy class and after that has never appear in the show ring ever again. Of course, to this day he still lives a happy life and is now over 9 years old at time of writing this. This majestic age undoubtedly qualifies him to a very small elite of the oldest Shar Pei ‘s in Poland.

A LONG TIME AGO.... The story began quite normally.

AND THERE WAS STAR:

The plan was to follow well known Shar Pei show dogs and shine at the shows like them and be in the spotlight.

Another investement, again focusing on getting a show dog was finally my Tom (FANTOMAS UNITSUKO EL MASO BONOMIELLA), who, in complete contrast to the two previous dogs proved himself to be a star, which during the year, outperformed the competition and became one of the most respected and well-known representatives of this breed in Poland. Tom also has a Fanbase around Europe that continues to grow.

Unfortunately, my lack of experience and very little knowledge about the breed resulted in the purchase of a dog with genetic defects which were serious enough to disqualify him in

Shar Peis are stubborn and imperious and when spoiled they will take over. Like most primordial dogs, they will usually choose one master which of course does not mean that they will

In 2002 I decided to fulfill a childhood dream and buy my first dog. I had decided to go for a Shar Pei guided by the common beliefs that the Shar Pei is a lazy breed and in need of sleep during the day which would have suited my working arrangement.

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blindly obey them. Bearing that in mind I wanted to ensure that Tom was sociable and trained for the show ring from a very early age . His first performance at the age of 3.5 months old was a great sucess where at the IDS in Kielce Tom gained II BIS Baby. I must admit that this success encouraged me enormously which resulted in a commitment to work harder . We practiced in training groups under the wings of the FCI and on our own. Gaining more success and leaving the show ring with wonderful feedback I still dreamed of more .

AT LEAST SHAR PEI WINS A PLACE ON THE PODIUM. I must admit that I have looked at the BEST IN SHOW candicates with slight envy as they moved beautifully around the ring and dreamt that one day I would stand on one the podium with one that I had raised myself. Breeders and other exhibitors have repeatedly told me that it is not possible, it never happens that a Shar Pei in Group II FCI will be selected , he would not stand a chance against all those spectacular, often long-haired and beautifully groomed Newfoundlands and Caucasian Shepherds. But I persisted as I am pretty stubborn too. The only argument which stood in my way was the fact that the Shar Pei is usually not handed best professional In the show ring. Oowners and breeders often come up with excuses that the dog has been either stubborn or does not want to learn , etc , etc. . Of course, this is the truth . At the age of 15 months , my Tom refused to work with me demonstrating his discontentment and impa44 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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tience. I was forced to look for a professional handler who would be able to manage his temperament and get the best out of him, I had reached my limits. At first even the handler experienced difficulties while dealing with Tom’s stubborn personality but we had a break through. I believe a good handler approaches every dog differently and is able to develop a techinque suitable to that particular dog and in a that develops them. For instance I had been wasting time trying to teach Tom to move as if on parade, while the handler has concentrated on the dynamics and pace of Toms movement which often outclasses the competition. Nowadays, Tom and his handler are regularly chosen for the finals and often he takes a place on the podium, even though at present it is mainly within Group II. I think for the Best in Show we will still need more time.

SWEDE ON THE HORIZON Encouraged by the increasing success of Tom in Poland and at the European arena I decided to invest in a bitch from a far away Sweden. Apart from the pure lines and not being related to Tom, our little Swede ( Attention Pei Sweet Summer Girl ) balances Tom’s physical imperfections and his personality perfectly. Together , I hope, they will build the foundation for a new beautiful and healthy Polish Shar Pei line . The girl turned out to have a fantastic temperament and beauty along with a dynamic and light movement . In the future this may guarantee huge success by the formation of healthy and chararismatic new generations . Already she posseses a natural “parade “ movement with an unrelenting


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enjoyment of life that becomes the basis for charisma , which at 9 months focuses the attention of judges from around the world, for which I am very very proud. My girl in addition has a huge preference for leisure activities, frantic racing , races for refugees and outdoor baths - especiall mud baths, which was previously ineligible for this breed . I would like to give a sincere thank you to the DogMagazine for allowing me to share my experiences with other Shar Pei lovers. We are going to the World Dog Show in Milan soon. Please keep your fingers crossed for us. After all , dreams do come true ...if we have the courage to pursue them. 46 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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AUTHOR Ambrogio Vago

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My experience with Shar pei started many years ago. It’s the dog that I love and I breed them under the affix BLACK MUSCK. During the years there has been significant changes in the approach to exhibiting them by individuals who show

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any fear and should never lay its tail down. Also, it is best if the dog and handler show themselves as a team with the dog focused on the handler without distraction. Once you are into the ring you can stack your dog using the technique called “hand stacking”, it’s when you place your dog manually starting with the left front leg and place both perpendicular to the ground, doing this you should keep in mind also the rear angulations to balance the silhouette. The dog should maintain this position during the examination by the judge. Another way to show your dog is the one called “free handling” and it’s when you are in front of the dog and he/she look into your eyes with ears well carried and tail up; any other way to carry the tail may be interpreted as fear and could penalize the dog. You should spend some time to teach your dog to show teeth and tongue, starting when they’re puppy, by opening their mouth quite often; keep in mind that Shar pei are usually mistrustful toward strangers but if they feel safe with 50 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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their handler/owner no problems occurs. The Shar pei should have scissor bite with blue tongue (spotted tongue is permitted). The perfect placement is when top line dips slightly behind withers; then it rises over loin, of course when the dog is built in the right way. The preferred gait is trot. The gait is free, balanced, active with good forward reach and strong drive from the hindquarters. When the dog is under examination by the judge you should show it from one side only, never show your dogs from the rear. After the dog has been paraded up and down, present the dog in front of the judge to show its expression. Also consider that Shar pei have very mobile ears, to maintain an excellent expression you should keep the dog at high alert, it wouldn’t be the same if the ears were carried back. These are some handling tips that I’ve learned during this years in the show rings which I am sharing here with you, win or lose the most important is...TO LOVE YOUR PEI


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AUTHOR Isolde Kohle-Brusis

PHOTOS Isolde Kohle-Brusis Archive

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VOM OEKONOM One of the oldest still active Shar pei kennels in the World.....

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Isolde Kohle-Brusis, Shar-Pei Kennel “vom Oekonom”

Our first litter, born 19.2.1984

Our Shar-Pei Kennel “vom Oekonom” was first registered in 1983 with the VDH, then in 1992 with the FCI. The kennel was started by both my husband, Hans-Peter, and myself Isolde Kohle-Brusis. We are living, together with an adult daughter, who supports us with the dogs, near Munich in Germany. It was during the summer of 1982 that we went to a dog show with our Great Dane, when we saw a Shar-Pei for the first time. We had read about the breed and knew that it had arrived in Continental Europe. But never before had we laid eyes upon one of them. Destiny had its hands in it as by chance, the owner of this dog arrived at the show on the wrong date. He had heard about us, and told us that he had to give one dame away, as she did not get along with her sister. Would we want her? My husband was immediately enthusiastic, me less so. We already had two dogs (one Great Dane

and a Neapolitan Mastiff), we had just finished building our house, and had, at least in my opinion, no money left for a third dog. My husband had bred Great Danes and presumably hoped that I - with such a small (!) dog - might also want to enter the breeding business. We had always owned dogs and had attended shows as well. But never had I wanted to rear dogs. As I said, it was destiny. Hence, we bought our first Shar Pei Wong Tschi Hi of Kuku Hoto, called “Baerle” (bear cub as we say, where I come from). She was just six months old, when we got her. It turned out that she was very successful in shows and, as there were so very few Shar Pei. I let myself be persuaded and raised our first litter with her. However, that was easier said than done, as there was a general lack of good sires. In the beginning we were lucky though - the dog was not far away and was a horse coat variety. From this first litter we kept a male - our first-born: T H ED O G M A G AZ I N E · I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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Guojian de Nongren vom Oekonom, “Guo”. After that, it became more difficult to find sires, as most of the available males were related to Baerle. It was customary then, that each breeder had his own dog which was used for every litter. This meant that, although there was a growing number of Shar Pei, they were all siblings to the previous litters. We intended though, from the beginning, to expand the gene pool, and hence we did the sire with each of our 35 litters and will continue to do so. Later on, as planned, we bought another bitch, founded a Shar Pei Club within the VDH and assumed working at the board. We regularly reared more litters. Beginning with two Shar Pei, we then had three, then four and finally nine dogs, which was our maximum. Our dogs are living, together with us, in the house, and our litters are raised in the living room. That is the reason why

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we usually rear but one litter per year. At the start, the puppies did not sell well. Those who knew the breed at that time, thought Shar Pei were disease prone, due to their many wrinkles. It was therefore our primary goal to show healthy dogs and to get rid of people’s prejudices. But that was a long way to go. Even today many believe incorrectly that the Shar Pei is an unhealthy breed. All I can say is, that if one selects the right breeding partners, they will have a healthy offspring. Of course there are sick dogs occasionally, but there are sick people as well, dogs are living creatures, and one cannot control every outcome while rearing them. In order to achieve healthy offsprings, since 1992, we had an autopsy performed on all our dogs. It was then that I first read about amyloidosis - a disease that can occur in Shar Pei often and I wanted to know for sure, whether this condition would occur at our own


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kennel as well, so that we could take measures in order to control it. Since 1984, all our dogs were X-rayed for HD and, since 2003, for ED and PL, as well. Next to good health, we were also pursuing longevity among our dogs. Baerle set a good example, she lived for 14.5 years. Two dogs from our kennel reached an age of 16 years, a rare life span among dogs. The average life expectancy of our dogs is 12 years. Finally, the first Shar Pei were anything but easy to handle. Some were aggressive to the degree that they had a bad reputation among vets. Yet the aggression against people was less evident, than that against other animals. Many a hedgehog lost his life in the fangs of our dogs, even young birds... The Shar Pei has a strong hunting instinct, hence we soon stopped to let them run free. Once they were following a trail, we saw nothing of our dogs for hours and often had to wait anxiously questioning ourselves whether our dogs would find their way back. They always did, but only after some time, when the trail turned uninteresting. This did not do good to our emotional well-being. Alas, the Shar Pei character has changed due to selective breeding. Today most Shar Pei are friendly family companions that do not need to be on the leash all the time. From the very beginning we have reared horse coat dogs, alongside with the brush coat variety. That was no easy task. There were hardly any good brush coat sires to be found, it was even more difficult with horse coat dogs. This fur type was hardly ever bred, although they are closer to the original Shar Pei breed in appearance. In shows, one would hardly ever win with them. Most judges just knew

Our first Shar Pai, a female “Wong Tschi Hi of Kuku Hoto”

“Bruna vom Oekonom”, 12 years old

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Our last litter, born 28.10.14. The pups with their grandmother Erin vom Oekonom.

While planning our litters, there is one thing though we refuse categorically, a selection purely for colour. Any colour occurring randomly is acceptable. But selecting the sire just because of its fur colour is not an option in our view. We are firmly convinced that there are more important selection criteria, that is why we have bred fawn coloured dogs, red or black ones too occasionally. As already mentioned, we founded the 1st German Shar-Pei Club in 1985. My husband was first Chairman until 2012, I am the breeding manager since 1995. I did create a database, currently containing entries of about 42.000 Shar Pei in Germany. http:// www.shar-pei-pedigree.org/ It serves breeders to plan litters and avoid inbreeding. It is freely accessible on the net. Our efforts in the club were rewarded with the golden badge of 58 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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honour by VDH for both of us. In 2007 I received the Baron von Gingis Medal, the highest award of the VDH, as did, my husband in 2010. Many a champion has originated from our kennel, also less beautiful animals, like everywhere else. Currently we have 6 dogs, but only one breeding female, Lale. All others are veterans - Bruna from Oekonom will be 13 years old in September. Then there’s our little girl - Olga, a daughter of Lale, she is 6 months old, and we hope that she will successfully continue this line. We hope that we can continue to run our kennel “vom Oekonom” for some more years, because, despite some problems, watching puppies grow and meeting many interesting people, our customers, are always an important source of great inspiration for us.


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AUTHOR Andrea Robins

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American and Canadian Champion Gumby’s Valentino.

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American and Canadian Grand Champion Gumby’s Bearposh Ever After ‘Ever’ Canada’s top winning Shar-pei. Shown here with one of his 4 Best in Show wins.

Gumby’s Chinese Shar-Pei was founded in 1983 on a small farm in Ontario, Canada. I bought my first Shar-Pei, named Gumby, as a birthday present for my husband who had seen a picture of “the rarest dog in the world” in a magazine. Now two moves, five daughters, and dozens of litters later, Gumby’s is located in King City where I continue to breed and raise fantastic pets and champion show dogs. After all these years I am very proud that the Gumby’s prefix is known far beyond the borders of my home country Canada. I am a founding member and still sit on the executive committee of the Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Canada and have been a member of the Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America since 1983. I am also a Life-Time member of the CKC. Starting with my first show dog,

Moshu Ivory of Gumby, a Canadian and American champion and multiple BISS and BPISS winner, I am very proud of all the breed firsts I have worked hard to achieve: first Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) champion Shar-Pei; first SharPei breeder permanently registered with the CKC; first BIS winning SharPei in Canada; first breeder to champion over 60 dogs in Canada; and the only Master Breeder of Shar-Pei in Canada. Outside of Canada, I have had the honour of judging at a US Specialty Sweeps, National Invitational, and National Sweeps. I have also bred over 20 American and European champions. For the next chapter in my Shar-Pei life, I am now working on becoming a CKC Judge for the Non-Sporting group. I co-own and co-breed with two women who started out with Gumby’s pets and quickly fell in love with Shar-Pei. In T H ED O G M A G AZ I N E · I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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American Grand Champion and Canadian Grand Champion Gumby’s Once Upon a Time. ‘Gretel’

1994, I sold Sharon and Jennifer Palmay their first puppy and by 1998 they had three dogs and had become partners in the Gumby’s breeding program. Together we have achieved huge successes in the breed – including several Canadian National Best in Specialty Show winners, top Shar-Pei in Canada, and a Grand Futurity Winner and Best Puppy in Sweeps at the US National Specialty. Together we have bred dozens of Canadian and American champions in the past 19 years. In addition to all the beautiful show dogs out of Gumby’s, we also breed incomparable family pets. Our main goal is to breed for health and longevity. Our dogs have a reputation for having fabulous loving temperaments. Sharon, Jenn and I are proud to call many of our pet owners our friends, and are always there for them and their dogs for a lifetime. In 2007, we sold a pet puppy to Devi Gershbain, who used to show Rottweilers but expressed little interest in getting back in the ring. Unable to resist for long, Devi took her pet puppy “Zephyr” to a Canadian Championship 62 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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American and Canadian Grand Champion Gumby’s Bearposh Ever After ‘Ever’

and CGN Title. When my MBIS winner McSteamy (MBIS Can.GchEx. and American Ch. Gumby’s Surprise McSteamy CGN) produced a litter in 2008, Devi became a co-owner on Jovi as a show and future breeding prospect. Jovi had three very successful years with Devi, taking the #4 spot in Canadian Shar-Pei in 2009, #1 in 2010, and #3 in 2011. Jovi won a Reserve Best in Show in 2009 and a Best in Show in 2010 – Devi often refers to her as her “once in a lifetime dog”. Jovi came home to the farm to become a mother and had the first of three litters in 2012, returning again to the #1 spot for Chinese Shar-Pei later that year. Now en-


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tering her 7th year, Jovi will be shown selectively as a Veteran. Devi’s current show dog, Ever, is Jovi’s son and a third-generation Best in Show winner. To date, Ever has won 4 Best in Show, 4 Best Puppy in Show, and earned his American championship in a single weekend. Ever was ranked #2 in 2012 (Jovi was #1), and has been the top Shar-Pei in Canada since 2013. I am so proud to have a third-generation Best in Show winner out of Gumby’s – hopefully to be continued with Ever’s future as a stud dog. While breeding winning Show Dogs and wonderful Pets, Shar-Pei Rescue

has been a huge part of our lives for the past 25 years. We have placed hundreds of dogs in new loving homes that otherwise wouldn’t have had a chance. Of course, we find Shar-Pei to be an extremely smart, clean and loyal breed. They also provide great protection for the home and are great with kids. Being fairly laid back, they don’t require a lot of exercise but have great stamina and as such are great hiking or running companions. They can also be strong and stubborn, so basic obedience would be an asset.

American and Canadian Champion Gumby’s Valentino. He is 10 now and produces the most correct puppies.

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Being aloof and standoffish can come with the breed, but I find most of mine to be friendly, if not overly friendly. With 5 kids in the house and all their friends, it is very important to have good temperaments. Shar-Pei do best when they have lots of socialization at an early age. In our breeding program we primarily breed for structure. In our standard, the only thing that is mentioned as essential, is movement. If you are not structurally built properly, you cannot move properly. We feel type is very important but that is the dressing on the dog. We can add type in one generation. It takes many generations to fix the structure on a dog that is built wrong.

Selling a puppy does not end on the day the puppy goes to its new home. I believe a good breeder will be there for their puppy and its new family for the lifetime of the dog. You should always feel comfortable to contact your breeder regardless of the question or concern. This breed is in my heart and soul. My hope is that my kennel name, Gumby’s, goes hand in hand with quality. Our kennel motto is: “Canada’s Ultimate Shar-Pei. Producing top quality Shar-Pei for Canada and the rest of the world to see”. I am incredibly proud of all of the accomplishments we have had and look forward to more success in the future.

American and Canadian Champion Gumby’s Jewelled Surprise ‘Bling’. Multiple Group winning dog. Perfect structure. A Valentino daughter.

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American and Canadian Grand Champion Gumby’s Bearposh Ever After ‘Ever’

American Grand Champion and Canadian Grand Champion Gumby’s Once Upon a Time. ‘Gretel’ Beautiful type and substance for a horsecoat.

Pups of BIS GChEx Gumby’s Living on a Prayer CGN.

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Nuria Alvarez DRAGON DE KOSHI SHAR-PEI KENNEL, Barcelona – España www.sharpis.com https://www.facebook.com/dragondekoshi Email: sharpei@sharpis.com

Explain the history of your kennel and how it has evolved from its beginning.

tacted with Concha Rey, called “De la Madrugada”. From her house are some of our founder’s dogs of our kennel.

I invented the affix of “DRAGON DE KOSHI”, a passionate of the breed, handler and a RSCE National Judge of several breeds of Group 2 and 1, including the Shar-Pei. Our story begins in 1994, when we were talking a walk around Barcelona downtown when a very rumpled black puppy slept peacefully at the window of a pet shop caught our attention. After considering it, because a dog entails a great responsibility, we decided to buy it. A few days later and after a long agony, our beloved pet left us because of a virus called distemper.

Our beginnings were just as lovers of the breed, without intention of being professional breeding. After a few years, due to that the father of our dogs was an exceptional beauty champion; we started in the exhibitions world, with excellent results with Multi Ch “Zor AK de la Madrugada”, winning the title “European Promise” in the European Dog Show held in Barcelona in 2004. After that, Portugal Champion, Gibraltar Champion, Champion International and many CACs and CACIBs in Spain and exhibitions outside our borders.

It was in that moment that we decided to buy another puppy, but this time a professional breeder would be the one in charge of advising us. So we con-

From then on, we are going on beauty dog shows with our dogs, collecting until today about 80 titles of Champions, among others, World Winner, European Winner, Junior World Winner,

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Junior European Winner, Ch. Spain, Ch. Portugal, Ch. Gibraltar, Ch. Luxembourg, Ch. Denmark, Ch. Romania, Ch. Sweden, Ch. Norway, Ch. France, Ch. Brazil, Ch. Argentina, Ch. Mexico, Ch. Peru , Ch. International, BIS Specialty Club Spanish Shar-Pei, BIS Specialty Club France Shar-Pei, BIS Specialty Club Molosoides, BOB Crufts 2014, BOB Crufts 2015, among other titles and merits achieved around the world. We are very proud of the puppies raised at home. Many of them have been exported to other countries to compete and others to live with families who wished an excellent example, for instance to: Italy, France, Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands, UK, Ireland, Hungary, Croatia, El Salvador, United States, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Brazil, etc. What are your objectives in this breed? Our intention is to breed healthy dogs, balanced character and morphologically correct, based on the official breed standard. Before making a crossbreed, we study 70 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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the compatibility of potential parents, both genetically as morphologically, in order to obtain a successful result. Once selected, we require a health testing of the chosen dogs which shouldn麓t have been operated of entropion, without skin problems or constant fevers, having a balanced and affectionate nature and have been x-rayed for hip dysplasia and elbows, proving it with an official certificate. 3. What do you think which is the current situation of the breed in Spain? Since we started our journey until today, the breed has improved considerably. We have imported excellent examples of the United States and United Kingdom, and thanks to responsible breeding, the quality in Spain has been improved. Also, thanks to the Shar-Pei Club which organized different Monograph, we can gradually see more dogs on the streets and in the exhibitions. This helps the breed to be more recognizable and change the opinion of SharPei as a sickly breed. By contrast, this popularity has a negatively influence over the breed due to


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irresponsible breeding (especially with respect to obtaining puppies some more unusual colors, such as blue, lilac, arctic cream ...).

on record to have won twice this English prestigious show called The Crufts.

How or which is your perfect dog?

Although we are proud of the homebred, we can highlight the BISS Multi Champion “Gala del Dragon de Koshi” trajectory. She has obtained various titles in Beauty Championships, such as: Ch.Spain, Ch.Gibraltar, Ch.International, Great Green Star of Irland, European Winner, Lisbon Winner 2009, Lisbon Winner 2010, BISS Specialty of the Shar-Pei and various positions in Group 2.

We are convinced that the perfect dog does not exist. But in our mind there is our ideal model: square dog, good length of neck, broad chest with good measures in the front and the rear, good top line and excellent insertion of the tail. His head with prominent masseter and jaws, tulip ears and hippo snout without being exaggerated, giving a typical expression. Elegant and balanced movement with a lovely character. We are lucky to have acquired a beautiful dog in UK, BISS EW & Multi JCH & Multi CH “Deakie Lawful Rebellion” (Rebel). He is very close to our “perfect dog”. It has won several times, getting a lot of championship titles in several countries, for example: European Winner, Vice European Winner and Vice World Winner, positions Group and Best in Show, BISS Specialty Club Shar-Pei in France, BOB Crufts 2014 and BOB 2015. He is the only Shar-Pei

What is the best example that you have bred till now and why?

Apart from her excellent track records, Gala is one of our favorite mothers, because she transmits its affectionate nature to all her children, providing us some very nice puppies with a balanced sweet and affectionate temperament, adding the great long-lived in their bloodlines. Also noteworthy, two of his daughters, Zoe and Zowie (competing in Denmark), have already won the Best of Group 2 on several occasions and the latter proclaiming World Junior ChamT H ED O G M A G AZ I N E · I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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pion in 2012. Another breed-home are Ch.J “Dragon of Koshi Qadis” with just 18 months, Junior Champion Spain, European Junior Winner and Reserve Champion CAC Crufts 2015; Multi Ch. & Multi Ch.J. “Dragon of Koshi as valuable as Onyx” (Damon), belonging to Laura and Alex from Spain, Ch.Portugal, Grand Champion of Portugal, Ch.Gibraltar, Ch.Ibérico; Ch. “Dragon of Koshi Hilton” and Ch. “Dragon of Koshi Lenny Kravitz”, belonging to Luciano and Luján from Argentina, both ended their titles Ch. Argentina and Grand Champion Argentina. Do you have any special breeding system? At the moment our breeding is just based on the “outcross”. Ignorance of the bloodlines has always led us to breed dogs with little inbreeding (outcross), giving us the opportunity to “create” dogs to our choice. This is low risky method but very slow to get awaited results. In a near future, we will begin to use the “linebreeading” because of we have already known very well about our bloodline. At the moment, we totally reject the “inbreeding” owing to we think the risk is too high for the expected results. Who was the person who helped you the most in the breeding? What advices did he/she give to you? Inside this dog world we have very good friends, such Shar-Pei lovers as breeders of other breeds. Very experienced breeders have explained their techniques to us, experiences, in both exposure and aging. One of the best advices given to us was: “Do not rush to breed; the best 72 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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dogs are raised step by step”. Another good and true tip is: “If you want to make money, dedicate to something else”. What advice would you give to those who are starting in shar-pei breeding? I would say that breed is an art and you must always be in love to breed. It is a passion that convey to a great responsibility. To breed is an easy task, but to do it correctly and to select it is a difficult and an arduous task that takes many years of experience. You are always learning and you never know enough about it. What care do you provide to your dogs referring to nutrition, hygiene and reproduction? Our Shar-Peis are fed on fodder Super Premium (high quality). Most of the cases they eat chicken and rice feed, in some other cases salmon feed, and our “grandpas” eat senior feed, low in protein. Referring to their hygiene, we try to wash them every time they need, but regular grooming is convenient. In summer season, all our pets carry their antiparasitic necklace (Excalibur), and regularly we provide them pills for intestinal parasites. Yearly, they take their vaccinations. Keep in mind that this breed does not require specific care, opposite to people´s thoughts. Would you like to add something? I just would like to thank you for trusting us making this interview and express my gratitude for spreading some of the features of this wonderful breed.


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AUTHOR Susie Colin

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WRINKLEDEYES SHARPEIS “They are my dog children and they feel they are humans...”.

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My name is Susie Buraschi and I was born in Lima, Perú. In 1974 I came to Brazil and in 1978 I met my husband, Renato Colin and then I became known as Susie Colin. I have always loved dogs since I was a little girl but it was only when I married that I started breeding dogs. My husband also loved dogs and at when we met he had a gorgeous St. Bernard male who was Brazilian Champion and he took him to the dog shows. It was the first time I had been in a dog show and I loved it!!! I think I have a very strong maternal instinct so I wanted to have puppies. We started with St Bernard, then some 3 more breeds until I fixed out in the Rottweilers. We were young and have small children and we all enjoyed taking the rotts to the dog shows. I loved it there with many friends talking about dogs. Then in 1990, I saw the first shar pei in a dog show. I was stunned!! Instantly in love with the father and the pup. It was the first time I have seen a shar pei and there were very few breeders at that time. I was so in love with the shar pei pup that my husband bought him for me. He was a redfawn brushcoat gorgeous boy and his name was Yong. Unfortunately he died at 4 months old from a vírus desease. My husband was completely shocked as he loved this boy so much. He said he had something special with the breed and his personality. He was so sad, I decided to buy a shar pei pup for him. This time I searched for a very special pup. I looked in the magazines and then I discovered there were so many colors in the breed and diferente type of coats also. Unfortunately there were only 3 shar pei breeders in Brazil at that time and I was so lucky I picked up the best of T H ED O G M A G AZ I N E ¡ I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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them to buy my first shar pei from. The breeders name is Claudia Dantas of the Canecitta Kennels. She had imported a black stud and three girls from USA, from one of the best breeders at that time: Fingertails Kennel. She told me she had imported 3 girls and one of them was a chocolate girl who came pregnant from a gorgeous cream male called Fingertail´s Kahlua Cream. Kahlua was the Fingertails foundation male and he came from one of the Top Shar Peis one of the foundation shar peis who came first from China: Shi Du Ling Fu. I was so lucky!!! Claudia told me she had this just born litter from her chocolate girl and there were only 2 black females and one single white cream male who was still available!!!! He was so light cream, she decided to call him Yeti. At that time there were very few people who knew about the breed and the pups were very expensive, specially these ones who were bred in USA and had their pedigree from The Chinese Shar Pei Club of America and also their Brazilian FCI pedigree. So that is how our beloved Caneictta´s Yeti Colin came into our Family!! He arrived home on February 1991 . He was 2 months old and we all fell in love with him the instant we saw him. He grew up to be a gorgeus male, we took him to the dog shows and he just loved the rings. He was the first shar pei to won a Best In Show in Brazil and he always took some place in the Group or in the 4 Best of the Shows. He was a gorgeous stud and our foundation male and the root of all my cream pups. By the time I was so involved with the breed, making friends with Top Breeders in the States and Europe and learning all I could about the breed. I bought two females, from the other two shar pei kennels in Brazil, both of them with imported parents one was a red brush80 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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coat girl who came from a USA Champion and the other one was a redfawn horsecoat girl who came froma French Champion. Then I imported an adult and lovely red girl from one of the Top Breeders in USA at that time. By that time I was completely hooked by the breed, and I couldn´t stop breeding shar peis any more. I stopped with the Rottweilers and decided to focus only on my shar peis. When the “children” became adults and got married, we decided to move to a peaceful beach some 60 km from the city. We bought a beatuiful big land facing the ocean and bulit a small house with lots of space for my shar peis. Now I had a big space and lots of time for them, so I put on all my energy on my dogs. I decided to bring new lines and new colors. It ws not so easy as it is now with Facebook and internet, but I made some good friends among USA breeders and we started with the Yahoo Groups, where I met lots of breeders from all over the T H ED O G M A G AZ I N E · I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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world and I imported many dogs from Europe, USA and other parts of the world. Some of them grew up as very nicely and other ones I had to neuter because they were not the type I was looking for and one of the most importante thing for me, they had to be healthy and had a calm and friendly personality. It has been more than 20 years breeding shar peis and I can say I wouldn麓t change them for any other breed on the world. They are the best friends: loyal, calm, friendly, loyal super company dogs!! I am not a 100% show breeder. I have some show dogs and I have had various show dogs from my breeding in all these years. My goal has always been to have my shar peis free around us, breeding for health and for sweet temperament. My pups are healthy, chunky, heavy boned, great heads and home socialized to give many happiness to their future owners. I am 67 years old now and must slow down. But I will never stop having lots of shar peis around me. They are my dog children and they feel they are humans....LOL 82 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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AUTHOR Michelle Douglas

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TRAINING YOUR CHINESE SHAR PEI The Chinese Shar Pei is a hearty breed. They are often described as stubborn, headstrong, and difficult to train.

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Michelle Douglas is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC). She is the owner of The Refined Canine, LLC (www.refinedcanine.com), offering group classes, private training, and behavior consulting in southern CT. Michelle is featured in the books Top Tips from Top Trainers (©2010 TFH Publications) and The Dog Trainer’s Resource, The APDT Chronicle of the Dog Collection (©2006 Dogwise), and has written articles for Dr. Jeff Vidt’s website. She holds professional memberships in the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Family Paws Parent Education, is an AKC STAR PUPPY & Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and a Mentor Trainer for Animal Behavior College. Michelle is a past President of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT), the largest professional organization for pet dog trainers worldwide. Michelle lives with her husband, two children, and (currently) two shar pei and a pit bull.

The truth is, they are great companions and can be quite fun to train to a very high level! However, they do not typically respond well to aversive training methods, which rely on physical corrections to attempt to teach the dog what to avoid. So their ‘difficult-to-train’ reputation may have originated from trainers attempting to use force, which was not inherently motivating. Luckily, modern training techniques1 strive to enhance our relationships with our dogs, and shar pei respond quite well to reward-based training.

PUPPY TRAINING The first thing you need to know about training your puppy is to start right away. Puppies are learning from DAY ONE! It is always best to start them off learning the good stuff. 2Off-Leash puppy classes are the most efficient way for puppies to learn bite inhibition (to not use excessive pressure when they grab something with their mouths), impulse control (patience), 1 https://positively.com/dogtraining/positive-training/the-sciencebehind-positive-training/ 2 http://www.dogstardaily.com/videos/chapter-two-raising-puppy

and good household manners. Dogs, just like kids, learn faster when they’re young. It’s never too early to start, and puppies do not need to have all of their vaccines before beginning training, they simply need to be on a vaccine schedule (have their FIRST shots). The risk of developing behaviour problems due to lack of socialization is far greater than the risk of exposure to disease in a well-managed puppy class. 3 A good puppy class will have at least some off-leash play time, and will introduce training exercises into the offleash play, using play itself as a main reward for good behaviours. Off-leash play with other puppies and perhaps calm adult dogs is especially critical for shar pei puppies, because without sufficient positive early socialization, they have been known to become aggressive with other dogs as they get older. Dr. Ian Dunbar’s latest recommendation is that puppies should meet 100 different people within the first 8 weeks of life (while they are with their breeder), and an ADDITIONAL 100 people between 8 and 12 weeks. These interactions should be positive and allow the 3 http://avsabonline.org/uploads/ position_statements/puppy_socialization.pdf T H ED O G M A G AZ I N E · I SSU E 6 / 2 0 1 5

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puppies to approach people on their terms and be rewarded with food or play. Puppies should continue to meet new people each week throughout their first year. Puppy class can help, but will not fulfill this requirement alone. At home, the primary concern of most families is house training. Shar pei are generally a clean breed, and take to house training quite easily. If they are put on a regular food and water schedule, confined when not supervised, and taken outside frequently, they usually only have minimal accidents in the home.

ADULT DOG TRAINING If your dog is a little older, a fun training class can help refine those good manners, and greatly enhance your bond. So where do you go for training? Reward-based methods, including clicker training, lure-reward training, and other positive reinforcement modalities are based on scientific learning principles, and focus on the dog as a member of a team (usually the family). In the past, dogs were workers or employees of the family, with a specific job to do: protect the sheep, guard the house, pull the sled, etc. These days, dogs are much more a part of the family, and their “jobs” usually involve keeping the couch warm and playing with the kids. You want to find a trainer who uses family-friendly training tools and techniques to help your dog be successful at family life.

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• Are you a member of any professional organizations? • How long have you been training dogs? • What methods of training do you use? • What type of training equipment will I need? • What will the classes cover? • How much will it cost? • Can my kids come to class? • Do you offer other types of training? • Do you have any references I may contact? Avoid any trainer who uses out-dated, aversive tools such as choke chains, pinch or prong collars, or electronic shock collars. Beware of trainers who use out-dated terminology, such as “dominance” and “pack leader.” These terms are based on two disproven studies of captive wolves. 4The training advice that comes out of this flawed wolf-pack model does not even apply to actual wild wolf packs, and certainly not domestic dogs. If a trainer uses these terms, it is clear evidence that he or she has not kept up with the science of training and behaviour in the last 2030 years. Compulsion training often results in the development of aggression in shar pei, and in other breeds as well. 5It is not worth the risk, especially when there are much more effective 4 https://apdt.com/pet-owners/ choosing-a-trainer/dominance/ 5 http://veterinarymedicine. dvm360.com/have-you-heard-aggression-begets-aggression


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(and FUN) ways to train your dog! Reward-based Training simply means helping the dog learn the appropriate behaviour, and then rewarding him for doing it. Modern, educated trainers will use a number of reinforcers to reward the dog’s good behaviour. The methods used are based on a healthy relationship of mutual trust and respect between the dog and his/her family, and utilize universal learning patterns: Operant and Classical Conditioning. Basically, if you do this, something good happens and if you do not do this, nothing good happens. Dogs, being opportunistic, will only repeat a behaviour if there is something in it for them. These training methods are also family-friendly and don’t come with a “do not try this at home” disclaimer. Kids can often safely participate when they are old enough to follow simple directions.6 Clicker Training is a form of Positive Training that uses a clicker to tell the dog exactly which behaviour is the correct one. You can use a clicker to capture behaviours you like when the dog does them naturally, or you can use it in conjunction with other forms of positive reinforcement. The “Lure-Reward” method8 uses a lure, generally a treat, to help the dog figure out what it is that we want him to do. For example, holding a treat over a dog’s nose and mov7

ing backward slowly will generally get him to sit. The only potential problem with this type of training is the dog can learn to work for the food and not for you. This is easily avoided by appropriately placing the reward as a consequence of the behaviour within the first 10 repetitions. When we teach a new behaviour, in most cases we will be fading out the food as “lure” by the end of the first lesson. Most dog owners want a well-behaved pet, not a showpiece that only listens when wearing a special collar or when treats are presented. The best trainers will focus on building the relationship between the owner(s) and the dog. We must open up those lines of communication and teach the owner and dog how to listen to each other and trust each other. Then we can focus on teaching good behaviours. Being a ‘positive’ trainer is not the same as being a permissive trainer. The dog does not get to do whatever he wants to. He must demonstrate acceptable behaviour in order to get his reward. Rewards include privileges, anything the dog wants, not only food. Undesirable behaviour must be prevented, ignored, or interrupted and redirected to a more desirable behaviour. The “bad” behaviours do not get the dog what he wants; therefore they simply diminish and go away.

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• If your dog has developed a bad habit, then he is getting reinforced for it. Even negative attention is attention! To stop a dog from doing something inappropriate, you must teach him/her what you would prefer!

COMMON QUICK FIXES Jumping on people: You must teach your dog how you would prefer that she say hello. If your dog knows how to sit, ask for a sit as a person approaches to greet her. Reward her for sitting. You might add a hand target (nose-fist bump) into your greeting. So, as the dog approaches a person, tell her to “sit” and “touch” as the person reaches out their hand. Don’t forget to reward her quickly when she does is right! Barking: To teach a dog to shush, first teach him to speak on cue. If you try to yell “QUIET!” at him when he is barking at something, you are just barking with him! So, teach a reliable “speak” on cue first. The final step of the exercise of to “shush.” Walking on leash: Rather than teaching your dog to stop pulling, which presumes she must first pull on the leash, simply go back to the beginning and teach her it is better to follow you. With your dog sitting in front of you, step backward one step and feed a treat as she follows you. Continue to step backward, and reward your dog for following you. After 5-10 repetitions, pivot-turn away from your dog and take one step. Reward her for following at your side. Continue this gradually increasing, and then varying the number of steps you take between treats. Coming when called: The most important thing to remember while your dog is learning to come when called 88 | THEDOGM AGAZ INE

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is to ensure that it is always rewarding to do so. Practice calling him every day when you know he will come, and make it worth his while. You can also use that hand target to get him to come all the way to you and touch your hand with his nose! Additional Resources & References: Don’t Shoot The Dog by Karen Pryor © 1999 Family Friendly Dog Training by Patricia McConnell, PhD & Aimee Moore © 2007 Positive Perspectives by Pat Miller © 2004 Any books or videos by Dr. Ian Dunbar


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Mr Andersen has had dogs for more than 45 years, he started with German Shepherds. He has been active in Tobbogan racing, obedience and avalanche/rescue dog training. Started breeding Leonberger in 1980 and Norwich terrier under the prefix: “Terr-Leon’s”. Mr Andersen has been active within various dog organizations, first as board member in the Norwegian Rescue Dog Association and as a founder of the Norwegian Leonberger Club and was their first chairman and a honorary member of the club. Mr Andersen is presently a vice president of the International Leonberger Union and board member of the Norwegian organization for authorized judges. Since 1999 and 10 years onwards he was a vice president of the Norwegian Kennel Club and have chaired the Norwegian Kennel Club Organizing Committee.

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Mr Andersen is authorized to judge Best in Show ( BIS) in FCI International Shows • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattle dogs (except Swiss Cattle dogs) • Group 2 - Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs • Group 3- Terriers • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types • Group 8- Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs • Group 9- Companion and Toy Dogs I have judged Shar Pei in several countries; my latest appointment was in Murcia, Spain in April 2015. Countries judged in: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, Iceland, Ireland, Australia and USA


Penkova Antoaneta Judge Breeder of American Staffordshire terrier and Pomeranian BULGARIA

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Mrs. Antoaneta Penkova started with American Staffordshire dogs in 1997 and in 2001 she started breeding them under the kennel name Angel`s Staff . In the blood line she has some of the oldest and quality genes of the breed. She bred World and European champions. One of her famous dogs are Atina & Anubis for Angel`s staff - they have titles and are champions over 30 European countries. Their generation worthy consolidate the quality and also are champions of many countries. In year 2000 Mrs. Penkova passed her judging exams. Since year 2003 she is a President of Bulgarian Club American Staffordshire terrier, she is also breeding expert in Bulgarian club Staffordshire Terrier.

Mrs Penkova is a Best In Show (BIS) judge and authorized for judging following FCI groups • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) • Group 2 - Pinscher and Schnauzer Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs • Group 3- Terriers • Group 4- Dachshunds • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types • Group 6- Scenthounds and related breeds • Group7- Pointing Dogs • Group8- Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs • Group 9- Companion and Toy Dogs • Group 10- Sighthounds

Mrs. Penkova has been invited as a judge in all European countries and Asia. She has judged many International, National and specialty dog shows.

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