Thursday, 27 October 2011
Jeff the sleepy shar-pei
Breeds of dogs vary massively in the amounts of exercise they need, grooming and temperament. Many breeds of dog, have been bred to carry out a specific task, such as herding, guarding or retrieving. Even if a dog is a pet dog it will still have the characteristics of its ancestors. I guess that's why Labradors often love fetching tennis balls, they were bred to retrieve stuff.
I started my search for a dog, by going to Discover Dogs an annual event at Earl's Court, where you can meet lots of different breeds of dogs. My big mistake was not talking enough to the breeders, and asking questions. I spent the day cuddling and fussing over lots of dogs, and by the end of the day had my heart set on a Shar Pei.
I contacted Shar-Pei rescue, when I explained what I planned to do with my new dog, a very patient lady did explain that a shar-pei, and arranged to meet a shar- pei called Jeff who was looking for a new home.
When I met Jeff, he wasn't very interested in me, and quickly curled up on the floor and fell asleep. My previous experience with a jack russell who would demand lots of fuss from any visitor, led me to believe something was wrong with Jeff. Of course if I had researched the breed properly I would have found that and a shar pei doesn't behave like a jack russell. Shar-pei's take their time to assess visitors and don't always rush to make a fuss of them. Plus he had just returned from a walk, so was naturally going to be worn out.
I still cringe when I think about the phone call I made to shar-pei rescue, explaining that I had never seen a dog that slept like Jeff, and was there something wrong with him. I feel particularly embarrassed when I think about my own labrador who will just about sleep anywhere! Needless to say shar-pei rescue gently suggested Jeff wasn't the dog for me.