The wrinkled Chinese Shar-Pei is a confident and devoted dog that lives 9 to 12 years.
The Chinese Shar-Pei is an ancient breed developed in China to be a companion for pheasants and farmers. They were used to hunt and herd, as well as guard territory and livestock.
In the 1950s, the Chinese Shar-Pei, along with many other dog breeds, was nearly eliminated during the Communist takeover. Dogs were regarded as extravagances and unnecessary. Fortunately, some Chinese Shar-Peis were rescued by breeders in Hong Kong and Taiwan who were able to continue the line.
The Chinese Shar-Pei weighs 45 to 60 pounds and measures 18 to 20 inches.
The Chinese Shar-Pei appears in all colors. The name “Shar-Pei” translates to “sand skin” or skin like sand paper. The Chinese Shar-Pei’s wrinkled coat can be prickly, but also smooth and soft. In either case, the Chinese Shar Pei sheds mostly in the spring and fall and only needs to be brushed weekly. They can be bathed when necessary, but should have their wrinkles cleaned and dried regularly.
The Chinese Shar-Pei has small ear canals and is especially prone to ear infections. The Chinese Shar-Pei’s ears should never get water in them. They still need to have their ears cleaned, but with a specialty solution just for dogs.
Like all dogs, the Chinese Shar-Pei also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Chinese Shar-Pei is dignified and calm with much of the world, but reserves a sweet and playful side for their family.
Chinese Shar-Peis bond quickly with their family and are very devoted to them. The Chinese Shar-Pei loves to play and has lots of energy. Chinese Shar-Peis are alert and self-assured. They make great guard dogs.
If raised with children and other pets, Chinese Shar-Peis do just fine. However, they can be standoffish, if not snobby, around strangers. Likewise, they do not care much for other dogs. Early socialization is especially important for this breed.
The Chinese Shar-Pei is very smart, but can be stubborn. The Chinese Shar-Pei also bores quickly. They respond best to short, varied training sessions and a patient handler. The Chinese Shar-Pei also has to know that their handler is the boss or they will try and exert their dominance. Chinese Shar-Peis need to be socialized early to prevent them from becoming dog aggressive.
The Chinese Shar-Pei is not a very active dog, but does need a daily walk for their health. Chinese Shar-Peis will appreciate playtime, but need to be watched carefully because they are sensitive to heat.