Thinking about purchasing an Chinese Shar-Pei? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Chinese Shar-Pei breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Chinese Shar-Pei owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Chinese Shar-Pei and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Chinese Shar-Pei Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Chinese Shar-Pei and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Chinese Shar-Pei Profile
The Chinese Shar-Pei name roughly translates to "draping sand paper like skin" in Chinese where they were once known as the "Chinese Fighting Dog". In 1978 the Guinness Book of Records listed them as the world's rarest dog. Today there is a renewed interest in the breed as a unique family pet. A one family dog, they are suited for both urban and city living, but they do not kennel well. They like to be around people, and are serious about protecting their owners. The Shar-Pei loose wrinkled skin gives them an appealing frowning, sad look, which is a false appearance. Chinese Shar-Peis were once used for fighting but they are now a well-mannered, friendly dog with an easy going nature, but may show aggression towards other dogs. They can be reserved, often suspicious, towards strangers. They are also affectionate with family, calm and independent. Occasionally they are stubborn. Chinese Shar-Peis are a devoted breed to their families, where protection is always number one on their list.
Other Names: Chinese Fighting Dog
Type: Northern Breed
Height: 18 - 20
colors only, black, red, light fawn, dark fawn or cream.
Shar-Peis are independent, alert and courageous. They are completely protective
and devoted to their master or family. They may pick fights with housemates.
They have strong personalities, can be stubborn and require a firm hand in training.
They like to be around people, and do not do well in kennels. They remain self-assured,
eloquent and affectionate.
Watch-dog: High. Shar-Peis
are aloof and watchful, their sober expression tends to make strangers wary.
They are reserved, but sometimes become suspicious of strangers.
Chinese Shar-Pei Care and Training:
Attention must be paid to the skin of the Chinese Shar-Pei to ensure that no
irritations exist within the folds. Regular massaging and brushing with a bristle
brush will keep the coat in top condition. Teeth need regular cleaning and toenails
need to be clipped every ten days. Regular exercise on a leash is necessary
for Chinese Shar-Peis. Firm training and socialization are required at a young
age to prevent aggression as an adult.
Activity: Varies. Some are
athletes, some prefer to be sedentary. All need exercise, though.
Chinese Shar-Pei Health Issues: The Chinese Shar-Pei is a high maintenance dog. Chronic skin problems, in-turned eyelids (entropion) and allergies are common health problems. Other health concerns include amyloidosis, cancer, immune system problems, shar-pei fever, hip displaysia, patellar luxation and ear problems.
Life Span: 7 -12 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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