Shar Pei Insurance UK

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About Shar Pei

Mark Twain believed that “wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been”. Based on this criterion, the Shar Pei is the world’s happiest dog – smiling from nose to tail. (Mr Twain was himself a keen dog-lover. “The dog is a gentleman,” he said, “I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s”).

The Shar Pei was once a common “people’s” (or peasant’s) dog in China where, as well as being a pet, they may have helped to guard livestock or property, and proved their worth as hunt dogs. In the 1960s, however, the Shar Pei stood on the brink of extinction (the tragic result of a decision by Chairman Mao to ban pet-ownership). Happily, today their numbers have recovered well – thanks in no small part to a man called Matgo Law, who smuggled around 200 of the dogs from China to concerned breeders in the USA.

Quite appropriately (or not, depending on your stance), a Shar Pei has been the ‘mascot’ of Garnier anti-wrinkle cream for years and has starred in several of their adverts. Famous owners include Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block fame, who used to take his Shar Pei, Nikko, on tour with him and the lucky pooch even got to appear in several magazines; And the lovely Sheridan Smith, who’s Shar Pei Enid was stolen twice, but was fortunately reunited with the actress both times.

Why buy pet insurance for your Shar Pei?

Many owners consider pet insurance for their Shar Pei to help in the event that vet treatment is needed. A relatively common health problem for Shar Pei, which can occur as early as two or three weeks old, is Entropion – one of the dog’s eyelids folds inward. Fortunately this is often successfully treated with surgery. ‘Shar Pei Fever’, meanwhile, is a breed-specific condition which can result in a painful swelling of the hind legs. Whilst the condition may be inherited genetically, it’s believed that avoiding stress (physical or emotional) can help to reduce the likelihood of repeat attacks.

Shar Pei pet insurance provides cover for the potentially costly vet treatment needed for these and other medical conditions. Pet insurance can also help when a Shar Pei is lost or stolen - sadly an increasingly common occurrence.

Why join the Shar Pei Insurance group?

By joining this group you use the buying power you share with other Shar Pei owners to get a better deal on pet insurance. Currently, there is an offer available with MORE TH>N pet insurance, so please join the group to find out more.

Dan Woolley By Dan Woolley

Community questions and answers

Pre existing conditions

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  • avatar for ElaineElaine 1 year, 2 months ago

    I have just got my renewal through from Tesco for £80 per month!! My Shar Pei is 4 years and has had treatment for skin conditions, ear problems and Entropian surgery in the past. He is not currently on any medication but I can't find any insurance company which will cover pre existing conditions. Are there any insurance companies which would cover me?

  • avatar for HelenHelen (Bought By Many staff) 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hi Elaine, If your Shar Pei hasn't had any treatment or symptoms for the past 2 years then VetsMediCover could be an option for you, you can read more here: https://boughtbymany.com/news/article/pre-existing-medical-conditions-pet-insurance/ Kind regards, Helen

Pre existing conditions

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  • avatar for ElaineElaine 1 year, 2 months ago

    I have just got my renewal through from Tesco for £80 per month!! My Shar Pei is 4 years and has had treatment for skin conditions, ear problems and Entropian surgery in the past. He is not currently on any medication but I can't find any insurance company which will cover pre existing conditions. Are there any insurance companies which would cover me?

  • avatar for DeniseDenise 1 year, 5 months ago

    hi I am trying to find insurance for our shar pei.We got her three weeks ago we got a months free cover from petplan but the price they quoted after this runs out is £52 a month as her hips and ear problems are covered we thought this was expensive can anyone tell me if this is about right ?

  • avatar for HeidiHeidi (Bought By Many staff) 1 year, 5 months ago

    Hi Denise, the best thing I can suggest is joining the group above, and having a look at the 'Best Buy' tables. This will give you a rough idea of price. Alternatively, you can also get a quote within that group to give you an idea of another companies price! I hope that helps. Kind regards, Heidi

  • avatar for JonathanJonathan 1 year, 4 months ago

    Just got a quote from the more than link for our 8 year old perfectly healthy Shar Pei and the price was astronomical! Not sure where this "discount" was applied, but no way would I pay their price. I'll look at the Best Buy tables just in case.

  • avatar for HeidiHeidi (Bought By Many staff) 1 year, 4 months ago

    Hi Jonathan, I am really sorry to hear that. Unfortunately as dogs get older, the price can increase quite substantially. We do have a group for dogs over 7 with a different insurer, which might prove helpful, I have attached the link below for you. I hope it helps. Kind regards, Heidi - https://boughtbymany.com/offers/pet-insurance-for-older-dogs/

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  • avatar for DeniseDenise 1 year, 5 months ago

    hi I am trying to find insurance for our shar pei.We got her three weeks ago we got a months free cover from petplan but the price they quoted after this runs out is £52 a month as her hips and ear problems are covered we thought this was expensive can anyone tell me if this is about right ?

Hi where is the cheapest for insurance for a shar pei please

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  • avatar for ElizabethElizabeth 1 year, 7 months ago

    Hi my dad is paying £27.68 to tesco for our sharpei jake he's 6 is this expensive or ok

  • avatar for HeidiHeidi (Bought By Many staff) 1 year, 7 months ago

    Hi Elizabeth, thanks for getting in touch. It really depends on the level of cover he is getting, plus postcode/medical conditions and age can also be a factor. If you join the group above you will get access to our 'Best Buy' tables which will perhaps give you a bit more of an indication. Sorry I couldn't be more help! Kind regards Heidi

  • avatar for kennykenny 1 year, 9 months ago

    Can anyone help I am buying a shar pei its mum an dad are both Shar pei but don't know what to put in when it asks about cross bread pedigree ? Thanks in advance

  • avatar for HeidiHeidi (Bought By Many staff) 1 year, 9 months ago

    Hi there Kenny If both the Mum and Dad are Shar Pei then you can select Pedigree. Hope that helps Heidi

  • avatar for TraceyTracey 2 years, 11 months ago

    Do I need a promotional code for this

  • avatar for SamSam (Bought By Many staff) 2 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Tracey - if you follow the link from the "current offer" page, or from one of our emails, and apply online you don't need a code - the discount is applied automatically to your quote when you click through. If you want to get a quote over the phone, you will need to give More Than the discount code "PETBBM" so they know you are a Bought By Many member.

insuring 3 dogs

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  • avatar for PatriciaPatricia 2 years, 11 months ago

    do any insurance companies offer a discount when insuring 3 dogs dogs with them

  • avatar for SamSam (Bought By Many staff) 2 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Patricia - yes, it's quite common for pet insurance companies to offer "multi pet" discounts to people insuring more than one dog. Discounts typically range from 5% to 20% - have a look at the Best Buys for more details. As a Bought By Many member, you can get a 20% discount with More Than, in addition to More Than's 20% multipet discount - so you would get 40% off in total if you were insuring 3 dogs. Hope that helps!

  • avatar for SamSam (Bought By Many staff) 2 years, 11 months ago

    PS we also wrote this article about insuring multiple pets which you might find helpful: https://boughtbymany.com/news/article/multi-pet-insurance-review/

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How much is pet insurance for a Shar Pei?

Based on insuring a 3-year old Shar Pei, for 12 months, in an MK postcode. Minimum criteria: £3,000 vet fees cover. Data as at 11 September 2014.

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