Ori Pei

Ori Pei

General Description

The Ori Pei is a type of hybrid breed or a designer breed that is a cross between the Pug and the Chinese Shar Pei. This breed is recognized by The American Canine Association and has been for several years.

Ori Peis are available in a variety of colors including black, white, brown, gray and a mix of colors. The coat of the Ori Pei is about ½” long and features an undercoat that is soft.

The Ori Pei is widely prized due to the fact that it is somewhat smaller than the standard Shar Pei as well as the fact that it manages to maintain wrinkles or creases.

The Ori Pei, like many designer breed dogs, may be what is known as a first generation or a second generation. First generation dogs are those that are produced by breeding a pure bred Pug and a pure bred Chinese Shar Pei. A second generation dog is produced by breeding two Ori Pei dogs. This breed, unlike many designer breeds, has been bred for at least six generations.

Also known as an American Ori-Pei.


The Ori Pei is considered to be a friendly dog that will easily become attached to its family. They are also known for getting along well with children and make a great family dog. This is an intelligent dog that takes to training very easily. As a result, it tends to housetrain easily. Ori Peis can usually pick up commands quickly and are happy to please their masters by learning new tricks. This is a fairly even tempered dog that will get along well in most families. When indoors, the Ori Pei is only moderately active and will usually be happy to remain indoors most of the day and play with toys or nap. The Ori Pei will require some exercise, but this is not a dog that needs a large yard in which to run and play. It makes an excellent indoor pet that gets along well with all ages.

The Ori Pei is a well mannered, friendly dog. They are protective of the entire family and their property. Tricks can be taught very quickly, some as soon as the first training session. These dogs love to play and wrestle. They enjoy being indoors. Often times they have problems with the heat and don't do well in cold weather either. Ori Pei's are kind and appreciate any interaction with their family. They love to sit on chairs and sofas and catch a quick nap. Most Ori Peis enjoy chasing cats and small animals though they aren't prone to hurt or act aggressive. They enjoy the chase.


12-15 inches


15-30 pounds

General Health:

The Ori Pei was originally created to help alleviate some of the problems that Shar Pei dogs are known to suffer from, such as hip dysplasia, skin problems and eye tracking. Even so, it is still important for owners to take the Ori Pei in on a regular basis for check-ups. When provided with good care and regular check-ups, the Ori Pei should have an average life expectancy of between 12 and 15 years.

Some Ori Peis are prone to what is known as Inward Sneezing. This problem occurs in small breeds when the epiglottis, the flap at the top of the throat that flips between the esophagus and windpipe, flips inside out. The sound resembles a dog that is trying to throw up, when in fact it is merely trying to return the epiglottis to the correct position. The sound may be alarming to new owners, but the problem usually corrects itself within a few minutes.


The Ori Pei will require regular maintenance in order to remain happy and healthy. This dog will need to be bathed and shampooed on occasion, as needed. In addition, occasional grooming may also be necessary as well. It is important to note that the wrinkles or creases on the Ori Pei’s face will need to be cleaned on a regular basis. If the creases are not cleaned regularly, the dog has a tendency to develop acne. In terms of exercise, only moderate exercise is needed. A good walk is all that is usually needed for the Ori Pei.

Ideal Environment:

The best environment for the Ori Pei is one in which it will be able to live with a loving and gentle family. This is a dog tat loves to please and craves human companionship. It does not do well being left alone for long periods of time. While training is a good idea for the Ori Pei and it will respond well, training should be gentle. The Ori Pei, like most dogs will need exercise, but its exercise needs are moderate. Long walks are not necessary with this dog. Prospective owners should note that this dog does not do well in the heat. For this reason, the Ori Pei should be kept indoors most of the time. In warmer climates, exercise and outdoor playtime should be restricted to cooler times of the day. Also, spending time outside may make it more difficult to keep the Ori Pei’s wrinkles clean. Due to the fact that it does not need a yard, is only moderately active indoors and does not cope well with the heat, the Ori Pei is an excellent choice for apartment life.

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