Breed Rating

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Non-Sporting    Type: Pure Breed    Talent:


Size: Medium     Weight: 35-60 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black, Black & Brown, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: 8-12 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Not good for warm climate.

Breed Details


The Shar Pei is a powerful dog who comes from the southern provinces of Guangzhou in China. Well-known as the 'Chinese Fighting Dog' his name means 'sand skin' and he's coat were developed to aid him in fighting.

The ancestry of the Shar-Pei is uncertain, perhaps related to the smooth-coated Chow Chow and the Tibetan Mastiff. Kept as a general-purpose farm dog, the Shar-Pei was also used for hunting, protecting stock, and guarding the household.


Coat colors include solid cream, fawn, red and black.


Known for his deep wrinkles, the Chinese Shar-Pei has an unusual harsh and straight coat. Two types of coat are found in this breed, the brush-coated variety is harsh and about an inch long. The horse coat is short, rough and extremely prickly.


Confident, playful and active, the Shar-Pei is very loyal and devoted to his master. He makes an easy-going companion and a wonderful watchdog. Often considered independent and dominant, this breed can at times be aloof and intimidating toward strangers. He can do well with children and other pets if he is well-socialized as a puppy, however mixing other dogs can sometimes be a problem.


Generally a healthy breed, the Shar-Pei is susceptible to eye irritations, diverse mouths and ear (the ears should be cleaned regularly) problems and some skin disorders. Very sensitive to heat the Shar-Pei needs shade and water all the time. The coat of the Chinese Shar-Pei is easy to groom, however it should be brushed regularly with a rubber brush and bathe once a week only during shedding periods.


The Sharpei is not for everyone and needs an experienced owner who as the ability to establish a leadership over them. He can be stubborn and bold at times, making him slightly hard to train. The Chinese Shar-Pei is an intelligent dog that does not always follow commands slavishly, that's why he need firm, but gentle and highly consistent training. However, he is very eager to please and has a strong protective instinct making him ideal for a guard or watchdog as well as a companion who is dedicated to is family.


The Chinese Shar-Pei is suited for both urban and city living, he is fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard if it is sufficiently exercised. They loves outdoor walks but keep them leashed in public so they do not fight with other dogs.

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