The Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue of Michigan, Inc.
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Why a Rescue?
With shelters and pounds available for unwanted or surplus dogs, why is there a need for breed rescue groups? In an ideal world every dog would have a safe and loving home for its entire lifetime. Sadly, we do not live in that ideal world. All kinds of dogs end up in shelters and the shelters have all they can do to find homes for even a small percentage of them. Purebred rescue groups help to ensure that dogs of the breed they love receive a good chance at a better life. We can usually hold dogs longer than a public shelter and often can devote greater resources to individual dogs because we have fewer dogs to deal with. Our experience with the Shar-Pei gives us an advantage over the public shelter when it comes to assessing each dog’s temperament. Also many prospective owners may prefer to obtain a dog from an expert of the specific breed they are interested in.

About Our Dogs
We have all seen horror stories on the news of dogs being rescued from deplorable situations and we may envision all rescue dogs coming from a background of cruelty or severe neglect. The fact is that most dogs are abandoned because of their owners’ ignorance or indifference rather than actual abuse. Many are strays that go unclaimed while others are turned in by their former owners who no longer want them for a variety of reasons. Certainly each dog has a story and whatever the cause, the dog’s life is at risk unless a new and better owner can be found. We work closely with shelters and pounds who call us to rescue the dog before they have to euthanize it.
The Shar-Pei is a medium-sized dog. They are generally muscular and should weigh around 40 to 50 pounds. They come in many solid colors and two different coat types. A Horsecoat has short (1/8"), dense hair and the Brushcoat has hair up to one inch in length. A Shar-Pei also should have a solid bluish-black tongue. Poorly bred specimens of even common breeds can be difficult to positively identify because the characteristics one expects to see in that breed may be missing or hidden by bad breeding practices. In most cases, we must use our experience to make an educated guess as to whether or not the dog is a purebred Shar-Pei. The same usually applies to calculating the age of the dog.
Although we occasionally get puppies under a year old, most of the dogs available for adoption are adults. All dogs will be spayed or neutered and have received shots and heartworm checks prior to being considered adoptable. In addition, others that may require additional medical attention will receive that care, as well, before being placed.

Contact Information
Location: Michigan
Electronic mail:
734-697-1137 Amy Cox,
734-697-7780 Brenda Vogel, Vice President
General Information:
Information/Pre-Adoption Form
Looking For A Shar-Pei Lost In Michigan If you're looking for a lost pet - here's a few web sites to try:

Information On Items We Have For Sale
Shar-Pei Rescues In Other States
Shar-Pei Available for Adoption
Rescue Events
Here are a few titles we recommend from BARNES & NOBLE (BN.COM) about our breed.
(Purchase your book through this site and BARNES & NOBLE will donate a portion to our rescue)
Complete Chinese Shar-Pei

Guide to Owning a Chinese Shar Pei: Akc Rank #31

Shar Pei

New Owner's Guide to Chinese Shar Pei: Akc Rank #31



Book of the Shar-Pei

Basic Guide to the Chinese Shar-Pei

Basic Guide to the Chinese Shar-Pei

Chinese Shar-Pei

Chinese Shar-Pei: An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet

New Complete Chinese Shar Pei

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