The Shar Pei breed are prone mainly to skin and ear infections due to their excessive skin folds.
The breed is also classed as brachycephalic; problems associated with the condition include;
- Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome: a condition in brachycephalic breeds (those with a short nose and squashed face) where breathing is obstructed and can lead to reduced ability to exercise, or even severe respiratory distress.
- Skin inflammation/infection: brachycephalic breeds have a short nose and a normal amount of facial tissue. This means there is often excess skin around their face which leads to skin folds. The skin inside these folds can become sore and infections are prone to develop.
- Eye ulcers: ulcers are painful erosions on the surface of the eye. They are more common in brachycephalic breeds due to their conformation, as their eyes tend to be more bulbous.
The breed are also prone to:
- Glaucoma which is a painful condition where the pressure in the eye builds up.
- Primary lens luxation which is a condition where the lens moves from it's normal position in the eye which will result in vision loss and can cause pain.
- Entropion/ectropion which is a painful eye condition where the eyelids roll inwards/outwards. Again this is due to the large amount of skin that the breed has.
- Familial Shar Pei Fever which is a disorder that causes a high temperature and joint swelling.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing:
- Eye screening scheme