With his wrinkly skin and purple tongue, there’s no denying that the Chinese Shar-Pei is a unique and adorable breed. But while they look cute and cuddly, the Shar-Pei is certainly not for everyone. With a fierce sense of loyalty and a natural instinct to protect their family, the Shar-Pei is not looking to be just anyone’s best friend — but he can be yours, if you give him the love and attention that he needs.
Male: 55-65 lbs. Female: 40-55 lbs.
Though the Shar-Pei doesn’t have a huge amount of energy, they definitely enjoy good dose of fresh air every day. A daily walk will fill his exercise requirements and keep him in good health. Regular mental and physical stimulation is a must, so mix things up with games and play time, in addition to your daily stroll.
With such a short coat, the Shar-Pei is not a big shedder. A weekly brush down will help to keep stray hair off your couch.
Barking and Volume:
Shar-Pei prefer to be the strong, silent type.
Shar-Pei are independent, assertive and strong-willed. Puppy classes are a must. This breed has to learn early on that you’re in charge, or they will walk all over you.
Health Problems: Shar-Pei Fever, skin problem, eye diseases, hypothyroidism, respiratory issues, bloat, hip and elbow dysplasia. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming Requirements: Regular home grooming, including ear cleaning and nail clipping is acceptable.
Training Requirements: Help from a professional trainer will be required for this stubborn pup.
Although their ultra-coarse coat requires little grooming, Shar-Pei have small ears that need to be cleaned daily and special attention must be paid to the folds of their skin to head off any potential problems.
While kids may find the wrinkly Shar-Pei irresistibly cute, unfortunately, the feeling is not mutual. Shar-Pei have a low tolerance for kids and must be socialized with children from a young age for the two to be compatible. Careful supervision is a must.
Friendliness: Towards Animals
The Shar-Pei has a history as a fighting dog, which means that he can be aggressive when it comes to other canines. When it comes to other household pets, however, Shar-Pei are much friendlier. Good news for the cat.
Friendliness: Towards People
As a natural guard dog and protector, Shar-Pei are wary of strangers and won’t let anyone mess with their beloved family. Once a stranger has earned their trust, the Shar-Pei will be more welcoming. Early socialization with people is a must.
BE PREPARED FOR: Significant training time, but plenty of fun with this ultra-loyal family guard dog.