Alabama Sharpei Breeders

in Estillfork, Alabama
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So, you want a Shar-pei?

Many people do.

Finding one can be difficult because the breed was in serious jeopardy when the Communists took over China in the 1950’s. Since then the breed has been brought to America and over 100,000 are thought to be living here.

Sharpei Puppy

Alabama Shar-pei Breeders

For years Southern-Sharpei has bred top quality AKC Sharpei dogs.

You can visit our kennel and see the parents before making your purchase.

If you are having trouble locating a quality dog from a reputable breeder Contact us to get on our future litter list. You can call us at 256-541-4688.

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Chinese Shar-Pei, also known as the Kwan Tung Temple dog, has a sandy coat and a “hippopotamus” head shape.

In China, these dogs helped their masters in various farming tasks such as herding cattle, guarding the home and family, and hunting.

The Shar-Pei is believed to have shared a common origin with the smooth-coated Chow-Chow because of the blue-black mouths and tongues. Their loose, prickly coat enabled the Shar-Pei to wriggle out of its opponents grasp while fighting in the dog pits, but contrary to myth, they can’t turn around in their skin.

Their tail is carried over their backs on either side exposing the anus. Tail shapes vary from a tightly curled tail to a loose curl or even held in an arch over the back.

Red Sharpei

What Are Shar-Peis Like?

 Shar-Peis are loyal to their handlers.

They are attentive, intelligent and like to play.  These brave dogs like to be active.  They bond with their family, but are not unfriendly toward strangers. If you plan to raise one around cats and children be sure to get the dog while it is still young.

The Shar-Pei needs a confident handler. If you are inconsistent or too soft, in the dog’s eyes, it will take over as the boss.

Your Shar-Pei will need daily exercise.  A brisk walk is sufficient, but do avoid exercising in excess heat. They need shade and water on summer days because their wrinkles tend to hold in extra heat.

AKC Chinese Shar-Pei Stud Service is available.

Breeding rights available with additional Fee. We do require that your female be up-to-date on her shots or have titer testing for efficacy. Need Directions? Contact Us. is located in Estillfork, Alabama.

We invite you to make an appointment to see our puppies and inspect our kennels. Our AKC registered puppies come to you completely weaned, vaccinated and wormed. Depending upon their age you will probably still want to have your vet do a follow-up exam.

Please call us at 256-541-4688 or email

Chinese Shar-pei Breeding Program in Alabama

Good AKC Sharpei Breeding Programs Require Planning

We are not a puppy mill.  We do not sell our puppies to pet stores. Our goal is to raise happy, healthy, well socialized dogs that add value to the life of your family.

We do not breed females before they are ready. Prior to breeding, we ensure that both males and females receive supplemental nutrients to help ensure a good, strong healthy litter.

We Follow Our Dogs

We ask for pictures of our puppies and get reports back from our owners on how their puppies are settling into their new families.

We pay attention to details.  Not every puppy qualifies as a show-quality dog. Some do.  Our prices reflect both.

No one can guarantee you a show quality dog. However, we can spot those that may initially appear to lack features that would be important in the show ring. Ultimately, we hope to provide a quality of life for both our dogs and their owners that makes owning one of our Shar-Peis something that you would recommend to your family and friends.


Ask to see your puppy’s parent’s pedigrees.

Here is a list of sites or products that we believe will help you to know more about Shar-Peis and animal care.

Policy on Returns

Deposits may be made thru Pay-Pal and credit cards. SORRY NO CHECKS.

Address : Southern-sharpei
c/o Rob Emmans
4830 County Road 27
Estillfork, AL  35745


We guarantee that your puppy comes AKC registered sire and dame.  We will not knowingly sell you a sick puppy.  All of our puppies receive vaccinations and medical examinations prior to shipping.  However, because we cannot control the environment into which our puppies may travel, we cannot accept returns.

All sales are final and non-refundable.

Deposits are forfeited upon cancellation unless prior arrangements are made.  Contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about the Chinese Shar-Pei

1). “How do you spell Shar-Pei?”

A: It depends on whom you ask.  The following spellings have all been used.

  • Shar-Pei
  • Shar-pei
  • Shar Pei
  • Shar pei
  • Sharpei
  • SharPei
  • Sharpay
  • Shar Pai
  • sharpai
  • Shar pay
  • Charpei
  • Char Pei
  • Charpay
  • Char pay
  • Sharpie
  • Shar pie
  • Sharpey
  • shar pey
  • char pay
  • charpay

There’s no help anywhere on the plural form, so use whatever seems appropriate.

The AKC shows Shar-Pei.


2). “Do shar-pei wrinkles get infected?”

Not really.  There were some early genetic problems associated with the wrinkles such as allergies, but 50 years of breeding has pretty much solved those concerns. Our puppies have no history of FSF (Familial Shar-Pei Fever).

The question of why they get wrinkles was tackled in the article from the BBC.

On a lighter note, here’s that Audi advertisement that featured a wrinkle free Shar-Pei. 

To make sure we get a soft healthy coat or to relieve itchy coats, we have had great success with Halo’s Dream Coat.

  • Provides the finest balance of full spectrum essential fatty acids missing from commercial, cooked or processed pet foods.
  • Six natural, cold-pressed oils are proven to be the perfect complement for quickly achieving a glorious, glowing new coat and healthier skin.
  • Also elevates their immune system with Garlic and Evening Primrose Oil.

3). “Why is its tongue black? What other breeds also have black tongues?”

The Shar-Pei shares this distinctive characteristic with the Chow-Chow.  There may be a common ancestor in these breeds.  The tongue can also be bluish-black or lavendar.

4). “Do they shed much?”

No, a Shar-Pei will usually shed briefly once a year in preparation for Summer.

5). “What About That Eye Thing?”

That “eye thing” that you asked about is probably Entropion and does not occur frequently.

The Shar-Pei are 1 of 14 breeds that can have this condition. It is a condition that good breeders avoid by not allowing afflicted dogs to mate.

This is a condition where the eyelid rolls in towards the eye.  The eyelid and eyelashes may rub against the cornea, irritating this sensitive structure. Symptoms include watery eyes, infection or even a corneal ulcer. Surgical correction is required.

6). “What Should I Feed My Shar-Pei?”

Feed SharpeiModern American dog food leaves much to be desired.  Food allergies may cause skin and stomach diseases and a number of allergies.

This breed should have a well balanced, preservative free diet and one that is relatively low in protein, somewhere in the neighborhood of 16-21%.  

Avoid table scraps because we as humans tend to dress up our veggies with butter, margarine, salt, sugar, and/ or gravy. Anything with soya or beef, dyes, or chemical preservatives liked BHA, BHT, or Exthoxyquin should be avoided.

Instead look for foods that are preserved with vitamins A, C, or E. A chemical-free food and foods that are derived from whole meats and real grain, as opposed to offal processing,  is often enough to make a huge difference in a dog’s health.

Also, make sure that your dog is not stressed by its environment.  A sparse area, in the heat, with no way to change things can lead to a dog that scratches just to have something to do. Playmates and toys do make a difference. Shar-Peis are really just kids in better clothing.

7). “How Should I Groom My Shar-Pei?”

Your Shar-Pei will not require a lot of maintenance. Brushing with a good bristle brush every other day keeps the coat in good condition. An occasional bath using warm water and a good shampoo recommended by a vet is enough. If you are trying to control an odor problem with your Shar-Pei, try changing the food before you fall into the trap of over-bathing the dog. 

Constant bathing may lead to dry skin and increased itching.  It can also cause the coat to look dull and attrack more dirt and pests because you have removed the dog’s natural oils. Only bathe the dog with a vet recommend shampoo for general bathing needs. Shar-Pei nails grow quickly, so frequent clipping can help avoid in-grown nails and excessive bleeding.

Always touch your puppy’s paws and the puppy all over to get them used to grooming.

Frequent ear cleaning is important.  Consider cleaning once every week to two weeks, depending on the individual dog. Use cotton swabs or make-up pads with an ear solution from your vet. Do not use Q-tips as these may push the waxy build-up further down the ear canal.

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