Ori Pei

15-30 lbs
12-15"
United States
Pug
Shar-Pei
American Ori-Pei, Pugpei, SharPug, Pug-A-Pei

The Ori Pei is a hybrid mix of the Pug and the Shar-Pei.  This is one of the designer dog breeds which has produced at least six generations of hybrid canines since its inception in 1970.  The hybrid was born in 1970 when Aaron Silver, in the United States, bred a Pug with a Shar-Pei for the purposes of reducing the size and the health problems of his beloved Shar-Pei breed, creating a lovable and playful furry family member cleverly disguised as a couch potato who will melt the heart of anyone in the vicinity.

purpose Purpose
Companion, Watchdog
history Date of Origin
1970
ancestry Ancestry
Pug, Chinese Shar Pei

Ori Pei Health

Average Size
Male Ori Pei size stats
Height: 12-15 inches Weight: 15-30 lbs
Female Ori Pei size stats
Height: 12-15 inches Weight: 15-30 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Epilepsy
  • Eye Problems
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Brain
  • Neurological Conditions
Minor Concerns
  • OCD
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Cancer
  • Chinese Shar-Pei Fever
  • Gastric Dilation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cherry Eye or Entropion (eye problems)
  • Breathing Difficulties
  • Skin Infections
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examinations
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Neurological Testing
  • Blood Tests and Analysis
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system

Ori Pei Breed History

The Ori Pei is a hybrid mix of the breeding of a Pug and a Chinese Shar-Pei. We can get some limited information for the Ori Pei hybrid itself but we will need to look at the histories of the parent breeds to get a fuller picture of what the hybrid is and what it can be.  

In 1970, a gentleman named Aaron Silver in the United States, being a lover of the Shar-Pei breed, was interested in making the Shar-Pei breed smaller in size and eliminating some of the health conditions from which it was known to suffer.  He bred a Pug with a Shar-Pei to accomplish this and the Ori Pei hybrid came on the scene. This hybrid, also known as the American Ori-Pei, Pugpei, Sharpug and Pug-a-pei, is one of the older designer breeds bred in America.  There are at least six generations of this designer hybrid on the ground, so there is greater predictability in the appearance, temperament and health traits. While it appears to have been created for the purpose of companionship, it is also a great family dog and watchdog.  

The Pug, also known as the Chinese Pug, Dutch Mastiff or Dutch Bulldog, is quite an old canine breed which originated in China at least 2,400 years ago.  The breed's name origination and meaning is unknown but some believe it is slang for "monkey" while others believe it to be a derivative from a Latin word "pugnus" which means "fist".  Regardless of where you think the name emanated, the Pug breed is quite distinctive in its appearance, having stockily built bodies with prominent eyes and were historically favored companions of the monks and royal families in China and Europe.  It appears that their original purpose was that of companionship, a function they filled expertly then and continue to this day.  The Pug breed moved from China to Europe in 1572 and to England in 1688, gaining the affection of Queen Victoria in the 19th century.  Queen Victoria was instrumental in the establishment of the Kennel Club in 1873, this as a result of her breeding activities.  The Pug breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885.  

The Chinese Shar-Pei breed, also known as the Chinese Fighting Dog or simply as Shar-Pei, originated in China.  It is believed that this canine breed is quite ancient but an actual date of origination is not available due to the lack of records and documentation of dog breeds created in China.  The Shar-Pei was owned by peasants for the most part for many centuries, being bred for hunting, herding and protecting tasks.  Another activity for which the Shar-Pei was bred was for fighting competition entertainment, an activity in which their loose skin was an advantage, making it difficult for the opponent to get a firm hold on them.  The Shar-Pei breed barely escaped extinction when Communist rulers killed thousands of Chinese dogs, believing that dog ownership was a "Western decadence".  They eventually were recognized by the Hong Kong Kennel Club in 1960 and, in October of 1970, the American Dog Breeders Association registered the first Shar-Pei.  The Shar-Pei was accepted by the AKC in 1988 with full recognition being given in 1992.  

Another interesting note:  the Chinese Shar-Pei was, in 1978, in the Guinness Book of World Records as the rarest dog breed alive, having only 60 dogs known to be alive at that time.  The Ori Pei hybrid itself is recognized by the following organizations:  American Canine Association, Inc., American Pet Registry, Inc., American Canine Hybrid Club, Designer Dogs Kennel Club, Dog Registry of America, Inc., International Designer Canine Registry and the Designer Breed Registry.

Ori Pei Breed Appearance

The Ori Pei is a hybrid mix of the Pug and the Shar-Pei and, as such, can take on the appearance characteristics of one or both parent breeds.  There have been over six generations of the hybrid bred since 1970 and, from those canine owners and breeders, we have some pretty good descriptions of these cute cuddly canines.  They are described as: weighing from 10 to 30 pounds and standing 12 to 15 inches tall at the withers.  With his pug-like appearance he sports moderate wrinkles, stocky body build, a round massive head, square-shaped muzzle and dark eyes.  His thin ears are slightly turned on the side and are either rose-shaped or shaped more like buttons, his tail being curled tightly over his back.  The Ori Pei hybrid has a coat which is only about 1/2 inch long, with an outer coat that is smooth and a soft undercoat and is available in the following colors: black, white, brown, gray and a mix of colors.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Ori Pei eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Ori Pei nose
Black
brown Ori Pei nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
white Ori Pei coat
White
brown Ori Pei coat
Brown
gray Ori Pei coat
Gray
black Ori Pei coat
Black
Coat Length
coat
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
pin
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Ori Pei straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Ori Pei Breed Maintenance

Your Ori Pei hybrid is considered a low-maintenance canine, being a minimal shedder, he will require weekly brushing and only occasional bathing and shampooing to keep his coat clean.  The weekly brushing will remove any loose hair and debris from his coat, which is not considered to be hypoallergenic.  Because your Ori Pei hybrid's appearance traits include wrinkles which are contributed from both sides of the bio mix, extra care will be needed to keep those folds between the wrinkles clean and dry to avoid skin irritations and infections which for which the parent breeds are known.  This can likely be kept under control with at least weekly cleaning when you brush them.  

Additional parts of the maintenance regimen should also include toenail checking and trimming as needed and checking of the ears, with cleaning done as necessary without the insertion of anything into the ear canals.  The ear cleaning will reduce the opportunity for infections to develop.  When it comes to the teeth of your pet, it is highly recommended that you brush his teeth at least two to three times per week if not daily.  Also keeping up with dental exams and cleanings with your veterinary professional will also help to reduce the opportunity for the development of periodontal disease which can cause the loss of teeth over time.  The smell and drooling levels are considered low in this hybrid.

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Brushes for Ori Pei
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Ori Pei requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Ori Pei Temperament

Your Ori Pei hybrid furry family member is an interesting little guy to be sure.  Because he is a mix between the Pug and the Shar-Pei, he can, of course, take on the temperament characteristics of one or both parent breeds.  Also, because this hybrid has over six generations of breeding behind it, we have some fairly reliable temperament information from owners and breeders which indicate that this hybrid canine is friendly, gentle and easily forms attachments to family members.  With some early socialization, this hybrid will get along great with children and other animals, but because he enjoys the chase and challenge, he may be a bother (but not a danger) to the family cat.   

This lovable and loving furry family member is also very playful and a delight to interact with, with some really comical ways to entertain.  The hybrid is protective of his human family members and their property, though he is described as being well-mannered and fair-tempered.  The Ori Pei is intelligent and easily trained, being eager to please his human master.  While he enjoys playing mostly inside as well as his daily walks, your Ori Pei hybrid will cuddle and nap virtually on command!  He may have "couch potato-ism" down to a science!

Ori Pei Activity Requirements

The Ori Pei hybrid is a small dog which doesn't require a great deal of exercise.  He loves his daily dog walk

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 and will play for hours inside the house.  He is a canine which can live in an urban or rural setting, and because of his lower activity levels, can live quite nicely in an apartment or condo or family home without a fenced yard.  He is a canine who basically barks when he needs to do so, alerting the family as needed.  This would be important for those who live in communities having noise restrictions.  He doesn't tolerate temperature extremes very well so he'll be quite happy to remain indoors most of the time.  Also, because his wrinkles need to be kept clean to be reduce skin issues, keeping him indoors and taking him outdoors for his daily walks and exercise activities works great.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
40 minutes
activity minutes

Ori Pei Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Ori Pei Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Ori Pei size stats at six months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 17.0 lbs
Female Ori Pei size stats at six months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 17.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Ori Pei size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
Female Ori Pei size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Ori Pei size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs
Female Ori Pei size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 22.5 lbs

Ori Pei Owner Experiences

Rudy
11 Years
2 People
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Rudy sheds more than any of the Pugs we have had. She has bad hips, so she has been on meds for 6 years to keep her active. She is very protective of her family and is super cuddly on the couch. Super affectionate dog!
1 month, 1 week ago
Ari
4 Years
2 People
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Walk
Run
My Ori Pei, Ari is a great dog. He's very smart and was trained instantly. Occasionally I have difficulty with him not liking men, he will bark but he's not aggressive.
3 years, 6 months ago
Jon luke parcard
13 Years
2 People
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His a very smart loyal friendly he has ear infections and eye problems
3 years, 3 months ago
Sluggo
5 Months
2 People
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He is very expressive facially. Loves to follow us around and see what we are doing. Takes direction fairly well when he isn't in a playful mood, but does take to his kennel when needed. Cute as can be but snores like a drunken sailor, which is just that much more adorable. Really like his disposition, and affections .
3 years, 2 months ago
Flora
4 Months
5 People
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Play
Walk
Nap
Our Ori Pei, Flora, is a Shar Pei x Puggle mix as opposed to the typical Shar Pei x Pug. When she plays, she goes all out, but she can go from excited to sleep almost instantly. She enjoys playing with our other dog, a big German Shepherd. We have had recurring problems with cherry eye and dandruff, but no other health problems to date.
2 years, 10 months ago
Lola
7 Months
2 People
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Walking
She doesnt do much. She lays around and stares at us. She hardly plays with toys, wont do tug of war or anything. Just enjoys petting and cuddling. At food time she rushes in without waiting for me to finish filling her bowl. As well as she doesnt come when called. Might all just be because shes still a puppy but I've heard beforehand that sharpeis are very stubborn.
2 years, 8 months ago
Chelsea
4 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Tug-of-war
Go on Vacation
Play
Nap
Walk
Chelsea is very mushy and loves to cuddle, but can also be quite sassy. If I start getting ready to go out she'll get mad at me. She shows this by huffing and puffing and refusing to give me kisses. She has quite the personality. While she needs time to warm up to men, she instantly bonds with children and women. She has had skin sensitivity, vaccine allergies, and anal gland issues in the past. Her stomach also tends to be sensitive to diet changes.
2 years, 2 months ago
Pacey
6 Months
1 People
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I got Pacey Lynn yesterday! She has been such a good girl. there was a little potty accident when I woke up. But this is all due to how you train and control the puppy. These dogs are extremely good for us owners that just want a cuddle bug type pet.
1 year, 4 months ago
Ollie
9 Weeks
2 People
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So smart for do young. Very tiny. I wonder are there tea cup of this breed. I have 3 dogs all toy and none this tiny. She’s so lively! Trained in 2 days almost immediate. Amazing. Just wish my Pomeranian and party Yorker would warm up to her they are so spoiled I know it’ll turn around fast I adore them all to pieces!!
1 year, 3 months ago
Costa
2 Years
2 People
Condo
Health
Grooming
Friendliness
Energy
Trainability
Pastimes
Chasing the cats
Watching tv
Tug-of-war
Fetch
taking walks
Cuddling
naps
My ori-pei has been a blessing since the day she came home. She can tolerate longer walks and has lots of energy to playing with her toys (Tug of War and fetch to be specific). When it’s time to rest she is so loving and affectionate, always a cuddler (and sometimes a snorer!) she is extremely loyal, rarely barks unless she hears a loud noise. Was easy to train with simple commands and does well when not distracted or too hyper. Highly recommend this breed, cute as can be, low maintenance and great personality!!
1 year ago
Zola
3 Months
2 People
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I had never heard of an Ori Pei so I am here to learn as well as share any new experiences I might have. I’ve only owned her for a week.
1 year ago
Brutus
13 Months
5 People
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Brutus is the best, he loves being at the park for hours running & walking his level of energy is high. about 5 months ago he started being aggressive with certain dogs other than that he loves kids people woman and men both.
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Charles
11 Years
5 People
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Walk
sleep
treats
More cuddles
Cuddles
Playing with Squeakies
Bed privileges
Play wrestling
Vocalizing his thoughts
Kisses
being carried
Charles is an absolute delight. He loves our pug pomeranian and our pitt bull, the cats too! He will not settle for anything less than Mama, even though hes only been in the family for 6 months and adores all of us. There is no such thing as privacy or personal space. Just cuddles, bathroom doors being nosed open, a happy and playful nature, lots of love and snuggling, and Charles. Always Charles. 💚
11 months, 3 weeks ago
Presley
7 Years
4 People
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He is the best dog we have ever had. We have had him since 10 weeks old. He is now 7 years old. He was so easy to train. Absolutely loves his family. Loves walks, spending time in the yard, on the couch and car rides. Amazing pup. Would definitely get another. Likes to chase the cats but, also likes to lay with them when he wants to.
6 months ago
Vinnie
3 Years
4 People
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Chase
Tug-of-war
Walks
Vinnie is a handsome and clever fella. Recall not the best but he won't wander far from us when off the lead (leash). Great watch-dog, wonderful temperament. Socialises well (2 weekly sessions running around a field with 20 other dogs). Likes to sleep at the foot of the bed. Very playful. Funny. Full of personality. He's the greatest.
2 months, 3 weeks ago
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What is an Ori Pei? Ive been looking into pugs, but I don't want a "Pure" bred, because of most issues that come with it; other reasons. I was wondering if this is a mix with Shar pei/pug? and if anyone knew where to get one? or what type of health issues they have?

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