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How to Sharpie a Shar Pei

Using permanent markers on your Shar-Pei is easy, fun, and regardless what the packaging might lead you to believe, somewhat non-permanent. This is an excellent way to show off your dog's beautiful coat.


1. Make sure your Shar-Pei is relatively immobilized. If this is a problem for you, you probably don't have any Shar-Pei I've ever seen.

2. Uncap your Shar-Pei and get to work!

3. Er, that should read, Uncap your Sharpie. I'm not really sure what the other one would mean.


* The process will go much faster if you don't use a fine-tip. Try the Magnum size.

* If your Shar-Pei is unusually wrinkly, you might want to keep extra markers around.

* Consider using a washable marker to outline any difficult parts.

* Sharpies come in a variety of colors. Be sure to take advantage of as many as you can.

* Although these techniques are pioneered for use on Shar-Peis, you can Sharpie virtually any breed of large short-haired dog.


* This may be illegal in some areas.

* This may or may not affect the market value of your Shar-Pei.

* Marker fumes can be dangerous to your dog, and to some extent, you. Work only in a well-ventilated area.

* Never Sharpie your Shar-Pei's face.

* Before you start, verify that it is in fact a Shar-Pei, and not a fur sofa pillow or something. This can be challenging with Shar-Pei puppies; consider consulting a veterinarian.

Article Added: 31 October 2008

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