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Ori Pei

Pug / Shar-Pei Mixed Breed Dogs

Information and Pictures

Front side view - A tan with white and black Ori Pei is laying on a human's bed looking forward. It has extra skin on its body, lack on its face and ears a tan body and a pink nose.

Roxy the Ori-Pei (Shar-Pei and Pug hybrid dog)

Other Names
  • American Ori-Pei
  • Pugpei
  • Sharpug
  • Pug-A-Pei
  • Pug a Pei

The Ori Pei is not a purebred dog. It is a cross between the Pug and the Shar-Pei. The best way to determine the temperament of a mixed breed is to look up all breeds in the cross and know you can get any combination of any of the characteristics found in either breed. Not all of these designer hybrid dogs being bred are 50% purebred to 50% purebred. It is very common for breeders to breed multi-generation crosses.

The Ori Pei was created in North America in the 1970s. A breeder by the name of Aaron Silver loved the Chinese Shar-Pei breed, but did not like all of the health problems that were commonly associated with it, such as eye tacking, skin problems and hip dysplasia. He wanted to have a smaller version of the Shar-Pei without all of the health problems. He used the Shar-Pei and Pug to create the Ori Pei.

  • ACA = American Canine Association Inc.
  • APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.
  • ACHC = American Canine Hybrid Club
  • DDKC = Designer Dogs Kennel Club
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • IDCR = International Designer Canine Registry®
  • DBR = Designer Breed Registry
Recognized Names
  • American Canine Hybrid Club = Ori-Pei x Pug = Pug-A-Pei
  • Designer Dogs Kennel Club = Ori-Pei x Pug = Pug-A-Pei
  • International Designer Canine Registry® = Ori-Pei x Pug = Pug-A-Pei
  • Designer Breed Registry = Ori-Pei x Pug = Pug a Pei
  • Designer Breed Registry = Chinese Shar Pei x Pug = Ori-Pei
Left Profile view from above - A tan with black Ori Pei is standing on a brown wooden floor looking forward. Its head is slightly tilted to the right. It has wrinkles on its face and head, extra skin on its back and a ring tail that curls over its back.

"My husband took these pictures of Rudy, our 1-year-old Ori Pei. Rudy is a very rambunctious puppy and loves to terrorize our two 5-year-old Pugs. Rudy is very headstrong but is a quick learner. She loves to go for walks and we try to take her for a 2-mile walk daily with the Pugs. We have some sibling rivalry problems, so we have contacted Bark Busters and they have helped us immensely."

Close up front view upper body shot - A wrinkly tan with black Ori Pei is standing behind a glass table.

Rudy the Ori-Pei at 1 year old

Front side view - A wrinkly, extra skinned, rose-eared, tan with black Ori Pei is laying on a red and tan throw rug looking forward. Its mouth is open and it looks like it is smiling. There is a couch in front of it. Its tail is curled up over its back.

Sookie the Ori-Pei (Shar-Pei and Pug mix breed dog) at 5 years old—"My husband and I found Sookie at 8 weeks old in a puppy store in Long Island. We weren't planning on adopting a furry child just yet but the second we saw her it was love at first site. We knew we couldn't leave this sweet, beautiful and fun loving girl behind. Her favorite toy is her Kong Wubba. She loves going to the dog park and out running every dog there, and she is always excited to play with kids of all ages and is very gentle with them. She also loves to snuggle and take naps on my lap while I rub her ears."

Front side view - An extra skinned, tan with black Ori Pei is laying on a human's bed and it is looking over the edge

Roxy the Ori-Pei (Shar-Pei and Pug hybrid dog)

Right Profile - A tan with black Ori Pei is standing on the arm of a chair and it is licking the face of a person standing in front of it. The dog's tail is curled up and over its back. There is a dining room table across the room.

Roxy the Ori-Pei (Shar-Pei and Pug mix breed dog)

Right Profile looking down at the dog - A wrinkly, extra skinned, tan with black Ori Pei puppy is laying on a tan carpet. It is lifting its head up and looking up.

Bubby the Ori-Pei as a 9-week-old puppy—"We added Bubby (5th generation Ori Pei) to our family on 01/27/07. Bubby (AKA "the Bubz") was 9 weeks old and only 4 lbs. when we brought him home with us. He has truly changed our lives for the better! Bubby has been such a loveable and loyal companion thus far and our relationship is only getting better as he matures. Bubby was a handful when we first brought him home (as all puppies are) and he kept us on our toes for the first few weeks. Bubby now stands approximately 16" tall at the shoulder and weighs 37 lbs. He is the perfect size for our house and lifestyle.

"General traits: Bubby has proven to be an intelligent dog and that has made training him quite easy. He can do the usual...sit, stay, shake, lie down...and even open doors (which has been scary for us more than once LOL). Bubby is very easygoing. He is curious about everything. He likes to play and absolutely LOVES to play with other dogs; that alone makes his day a good one!

"He does very well as a house dog. I wouldn't recommend the Ori Pei as a strictly outside dog due to their sensitivity to heat and the need to keep his wrinkles clean. One other word of caution with owning any dog, but especially this one... be prepared for unexpected vet bills. Bubby has had several issues over the last year. Some required ER visits, others required surgery and a few only need medicinal treatments. Because of him, we invested in Pet Medical Insurance and it helped quite a bit.

“He displays several traits from both breeds.

"From the Pug: He gets his charm and his sense of humor, he can be an absolute "ham" for lack of a better word. He is always making faces as if to question something you said or as if to be pondering an answer to your question. Bubby is always wanting to play and if you're not paying attention to him, he will get your attention by picking up things he's not supposed to (like socks and underwear) and then come find you so you can chase him to retrieve it. He likes to grab aforementioned "contraband" and then slyly poke his head around the corner just enough that you can see what he has, then boom, it's off to the races! He also wants to be by your side wherever you go and whatever you're doing. He does not like to be left out of anything and will throw a temper tantrum if he's being kept from joining the party. He also snores a little bit (not nearly as bad as a full-bred Pug) which is more cute than anything. He is very outgoing, wanting to meet everyone and everything he comes in contact with, truly a great temperament. I believe that he truly loves us and he shows it by general affection. He's even sensed that my wife was having an asthma attack and would not leave her side, but lay in her lap until it passed.

"From the Shar-Pei: He's bold and fearless, very little scares him or deters him from investigating new things. He can be stubborn when it comes to certain things, which can be tough when you need him to respond to voice commands and he chooses not to. He likes to wrestle with humans and other dogs. He is a great watchdog, and definitely lets us know if something is amiss or there is an unidentified noise or sound. He always barks when someone rings the doorbell (even if it's on the TV) and will run out to the porch to make sure that the coast is clear even if no one is there, he has to make sure. His coat is a soft version of the "horse coat" Shar-Pei, as it is soft to the touch but retains the two-layer Shar-Pei skin type, allowing the wrinkles to move around over his undercoat. It does require some general maintenance like washing his wrinkles to keep dirt out and prevent acne from forming in the folds.

"Upkeep: Bubby is very easy to take care. His coat requires minimal brushing and his exercise needs are usually just a good walk. He housetrained fairly quickly and knows to ring the bells we have hanging on the front door's knob when he needs to go outside. He sleeps a lot and doesn't mind spending most of his day inside the house lounging around and playing with toys. He does have a hard time with the heat (we live in FL) so his exercise needs to be in the morning or evenings, especially during the summer months."

"Medical issues: He has had two surgeries and two treatable conditions during his first 4 months of age. His first surgery was for Cherry Eye, which is a general puppy trait. It was resolved through surgery by our veterinarian, who happens to have a success rate of 100% for this particular surgery and we're happy to say that he still maintains that percentage. Bubby also ended up with Entropion, which is common in Shar-Peis. The same doctor performed this surgery as well and did a wonderful job again. We're very lucky to have such a great vet; he's top notch! Bubby has also had Dermadectic mange, Giardia and a respiratory infection (as a puppy). He also ate a dime and it cost us $500 to get it removed. Not only was he spending our money, but he was eating it too!

"Well in a nutshell, that's our Bubby, though words can't possibly describe how dear he is to us. He has become a true member of our family and we can't imagine life without him. Everyone that meets him falls in love with him and we hope you do, too!"

A wrinkly, small rose-eared, wide snouted, wide eyed, tan with black Ori Pei is sitting on a tab couch looking forward.

Porter the Ori-Pei (Shar-Pei and Pug hybrid dog)

A wrinkly, small rose-eared, wide snouted, wide eyed, square-headed, tan with black Ori Pei is jumped up with its front paws up on the inside of an arm chair. It is looking forward and its head is slightly tilted to the left.

Porter the Ori-Pei (Shar-Pei and Pug hybrid dog)

Front side view - A white with tan and black Ori Pei is sitting on a tan carpet and looking forward. There are wooden table legs and chair legs behind it.

Three-month-old Sadie—her owner says she is very loving, but oh so very stubborn. She gets along great with their two full-grown Collies.

Side view - A wrinkly, extra-skinned, large-headed, pudgy, tan with black Ori Pei puppy is being lifted off of a pink fluffy pillow by a persons hand.

Ori-Pei puppy, photo courtesy of Ruth Shoemaker

Close up head shot view from the front - A wrinkly, extra-skinned, large-headed, pudgy, tan with black Ori Pei puppy is biting the finger of a lady who is in front of it.

Ori-Pei puppy, photo courtesy of Ruth Shoemaker

Close Up front view - A wrinkly, extra skinned, thick, tan with black Ori Pei puppy is sitting on a green couch and it is looking up and to the left.

Barkley as a pup.

View from the top looking down at the dog - A wrinkly, extra skinned, tan with black Ori Pei is sleeping on top of a bed that is covered with a quilt. The dog has small rose ears, a pink nose and squinty eyes.

Barkley all grown up.