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This dog is a golden retriever/shar-pei cross.

The golden retriever in the cross had to have been a brown-skinned yellow or carried the gene for brown skin pigment. The golden had to have had a wavy-coat, which is dominant over the straight coat. ¬†On a shar-pei, which is a modified spitz of the chow-chow type, the coat stands up away from the body. Mixing that kind of coat with the wavy-coat of a particularly wavy golden produces a somewhat rustic (“wind-blown”) appearance.

The shar-pei in the cross was likely a brush-coated dog, which have thicker fur than the horse-coated dogs. This dog has much thicker fur than I would expect from a golden crossed with a very short-haired dog. Shar-pei also come in a long-haired, “bear-coated” variety, which points more clearly to their close relationship with the chow-chow. Shar-pei breeders generally select away from this coat, and it is relative rare within the population. It is possible to produce a true long-haired cross with a shar-pei and golden retriever breeding– but not very likely.

As for the color of the shar-pei, there are several colors in the shar-pei that are genetically brown-skinned yellows, including the legendary 5-point red shar-pei. These 5-point reds are red on the anus, nose, tongue, paws, and the skin around the eyes. In shar-pei, black tongues are the rule and are in keeping with the AKC standard. However, the Chinese regarded 5-point reds as good luck. A 5-point red would definitely count as a brown-skinned yellow, but in shar-pei, yellow to red e/e’s are called “red dilutes.”

Shar-pei and golden retrievers have very little in common. Shar-pei are known for their somewhat unique conformation, which is relatively prepotent when crossed with another breed. That fact alone explains one reason why shar-pei could easily be outcrossed to increase genetic diversity and probably were when they almost went extinct in the 1970’s.


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