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Chinese Shar-Pei

Just a quick look at this compact, powerful dog raises the question, How many odd physical characteristics can one breed have? Consider the Shar-Pei, from head to tail: the broad “hippopotamus” muzzle; the blue-black tongue; the small, sunken eyes with their scowling expression; the tiny triangular ears; the abundant folds of loose skin about the head, neck, and shoulders; the high-set, tapered tail—all blanketed by a uniquely harsh, sandpapery coat.

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