The Shar Pei is a brave pet. Here is your informative A-list of Shar Pei. The Shar Pei is also known as Chinese Shar Pei or Chinese Fighting Dog. This Shar Pei dog breed was originated from the Guangdong province of China. It is an ancient dog breed as Shih Tzu or Pekingese. Shar Pei Dogs have a blue black tongue as Chow Chow. The dog name means sandy coat in Chinese language. Chinese Shar Pei Dogs were used as farm dog and fighting dog. They were good in tracking, hunting, herding stock and protecting the home. Shar Pei Dogs were almost extinct during the Communist Revolution. A Hong Kong businessman named Matgo Law was able to save the dog breed. In the 1960s, Shar Pei dogs were brought to United States. The Shar Pei was recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1992. Today, Shar Pei is a popular family pet around the world.

Facts about Shar Pei

  • Temperament – The Shar Pei is active, alert, confident, dominant, independent, intelligent, loyal and playful. They are devoted to family. Chinese Shar Pei Dogs have strong protective instincts; it makes them become a good watchdog. Early socialization and obedience training is needed for Shar Pei puppies. They will become aggressive if they do not being socialized properly. An experienced owner is suitable for this dog breed. Shar Pei Dogs hate water and they do not do well in extreme cold climates. The Shar Pei does snore more than other dog breeds.
  • Appearance – The most distinguishing feature for Shar Pei is the wrinkled face and frowning expression. The Shar Pei puppies were born with deeply wrinkled face. The Chinese Shar Pei has a medium-sized body. They have a broad head and they come with a pair of small almond-shaped dark eyes. The small ears are in triangle-shaped. The nose is large and the muzzle is wide with a moderate stop. The neck is set well into the shoulders and the chest is deep. The Shar Pei has muscular legs and the feet are compact. The front legs are straight whereas the hind legs are strong. They have a thick tail which tapering and curl up over the back. The coat is either very harsh or slightly longer and smoother.

Here are some Shar Pei pictures

Shar Pei Breed Information

Size Medium
Height 46-51 cm (male and female)
Weight 18-25 kg (male and female)
Colour Any solid colors include sable
Group Non-sporting Breed Dog
Life Span 10 years above
Litter Size Average 5 – 6 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily walk is needed
Grooming Requirements Brush regularly with bristle brush. Clean the ears regularly. This breed is an average shedder
Environment Indoor
Barking Average
Recognition CKC, APRI, DRA, UKC, NKC, AKC, ACR, FCI, KCGB, ANKC, NZKC

The common health issue for Shar Pei is prone to Shar Pei fever.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may adopt Shar Pei from Shar Pei rescue or look for Chinese Shar Pei for sale from Chinese Shar Pei breeders.

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