Several years ago, Cheryl and her husband, Jim got their first Shar Pei dog from a humane society in Minnesota. Buster, with his incredible personality, became a wonderful learning experience, which led Cheryl and Jim to choosing another Chinese Shar Pei named Lola after Buster passed away. Lola’s intelligence shined as she and Cheryl a participated in and received a qualifying score at a sanctioned match at the Shar Pei club.
Cheryl’s experience with her next Shar Pei, “Q,” was the one who really hooked her. She wanted to show this beautiful and special breed of dog, learning as much as she could about it. She learned about their hereditary problems and how to avoid them in breeding. She knew that education was the key to owning and breeding such a unique and even “addictive” animal, and she spent several years just showing and learning about pedigrees and the various Shar Pei lines before she ever bred her first litter.
Cheryl very successfully produced healthy pups and educated new Shar Pei owners, so that people wouldn’t have to experience the steep learning curve and go through the difficulties Cheryl and Jim experienced those several years while they were learning.
Everybody who ever visited Cheryl and Jim’s home knows that their home belonged to their beloved dogs. In fact, there is a sign hanging in their front entry that says it all:
Our home is maintained
After a valiant battle with cancer, Cheryl passed away on February 6, 2013. Her absence leaves a deep hole in our hearts, but we are greatly comforted by the many wonderful memories we have of her as well as the knowledge that she definitely lived her dream. This website was her way of providing the vital information that she had gathered about the Shar Pei breed. She couldn’t have done it without her many wonderful acquaintances: knowledgeable, experienced, and reputable Shar Pei breeders, who later became good friends. We dedicate this website to her memory and wish you all well as you seek to live your dream like Cheryl did.
Educating about the Shar Pei Breed
Whether you are looking for a cherished family pet or researching the Chinese Shar Pei breed, you've come to the right place. Here at True Gem Chinese Shar Pei, we are dedicated to the Chinese Shar Pei breed. Through careful pedigree research and knowledge of the various lines, we only breed dogs that we consider healthy and sound. We will provide you with the information you need; you'll meet the True Gem family of gentlemen and ladies and get a look at our available miniature Shar Pei, Shar Pei puppies, Shar Pei puppies from previous litters and available young adult Shar Pei.
Experienced Shar Pei Breeders
Our primary goal as Shar Pei puppy breeders is to produce healthy puppies with good temperaments and to only place them in homes where they will be loved and cared for their entire life. The decision to bring a Shar Pei puppy into your home should not be taken lightly. This is a lifetime commitment to an intelligent animal that will be your devoted friend and companion and give you unconditional love.
All of our adult Shar Pei live in our home, and all of our Shar Pei puppies are born and raised in our home with constant care, love and attention until they are placed with their new families. We do not have a separate kennel building where dogs and puppies are housed. Because each of our dogs is a loved family member, we have come to know its unique qualities. This helps us match just the right Shar Pei puppy to your needs to make your experience loving and rewarding.
As experienced Shar Pei breeders, we are dedicated to educating new owners about the Chinese Shar Pei. We won't disappear once you have purchased your puppy from True Gem. We are always available to answer questions and provide you with information about your Shar Pei puppy or adult Shar Pei. We are so dedicated to safeguarding the breed through responsible breeding that those puppies we place in homes as pets are on a strict spay/neuter contract.
We encourage people to visit our home, our adult Shar Pei and our Shar Pei puppies. Unfortunately that is not always possible. We are able to ship puppies when weather permits, during the spring and fall months.
Shar Pei dogs come in various colors, coat lengths and sizes. We have horsecoat and brushcoat puppies in most colors and in standard size Shar Pei and Mini Shar Pei. Also available in various litters are:
Please take a look at the True Gem Ladies and the True Gem Gentlemen and their pedigrees. We have many champion Shar Pei and the number increases yearly. Then visit our Shar Pei puppies and see the delightful results in all their various colors, coat lengths, and sizes. You only need to contact us to let us help you select your very own Shar Pei puppy or available adult Shar Pei.
I'm a Chinese Shar Pei pup.
I come in a variety of colors, coat lengths and sizes. My hair length can be horsecoat, brushcoat or bearcoat. You can read more about the coat lengths in the Shar Pei Information section. My color can be fawn, red/fawn, red, cream, apricot, chocolate, blue, lilac, isabella, or black. I sometimes have a patterned color and I can also be flowered. I can also be a Standard Shar Pei or Miniature Shar Pei.
Although some of these colors, sizes and coat lengths are not acceptable for the AKC conformation show ring, I am still a purebred Chinese Shar Pei with all the most important qualities – loving, devoted and loyal to my family.
I am usually very wrinkled as a puppy, but grow into most of my wrinkles as an adult. I'm very intelligent and can sometimes be a little stubborn. I can be rather reserved with strangers, but with proper socialization as a puppy, I am dignified, confident and calm.
It is very important to make sure I am socialized early, trained correctly, and provided with quality food. I also need lots of love. So be sure that you purchase me from people who understand my needs and can help with information and answer all your questions.
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