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Chinese Shar-Pei

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Physical Characteristics


Breed Group:

Non-sporting; utility


Around 40 – 60 pounds (18 – 27 kg).


Approximately 18 – 20 inches.


Chinese Shar-Pei can be black, red, cream, or fawn. Solid color is preferred over mottled patterns.


The Shar-Pei is known for its extremely short and rough coat.



Chinese Shar-Pei is perhaps most well-known for its wrinkled skin and the perpetual frowning expression. The adults eventually “grow into their skins” and the characteristic wrinkles remain only in the head, neck and shoulders. They are alert, extremely loyal, and independent dogs that have deep personalities. While not a breed for novice dog owners, they provide a special kind of companionship that can be very rewarding.

Country of Origin:



Originally from the Guang Dong province of China, the Chinese Shar-Pei is well-known as a guard dog and fighting breed. They have been the guards of the royal family for centuries. At one time they were close to extinction, but they have made a comeback as a popular family and companion dog due to their exceptional loyalty and devotion to their owners.


The name "Shar-Pei" means "sand-skin" in Chinese, referring to their rough coats. They are also known as Chinese fighting dogs.


While the Shar-Pei has a reputation as a fighting breed, they are naturally calm and reserved. Early training and socialization will ensure that they do not become overly aggressive and territorial. They are alert and naturally suspicious of strangers, which make them excellent guard dogs. They are loving and devoted to their owners, while remaining rather independent. They can appear stand-offish, but are fiercely loyal.



The Shar-Pei can be a stubborn breed, so comprehensive obedience training is needed. Their independent and dominant nature requires their handlers to be confident, firm, but gentle. Leadership needs to be established early on or they will become the “top dog” of the house. A well-trained Shar-Pei is an easy-going and devoted companion.


Shar-Pei requires considerable amount of exercise. However, with adequate exercise, they are quiet and peaceful indoors. They are very susceptible to heat, so care must be taken in warmer climates. Shade and water must be always available. While they are not overly aggressive if correct training is applied, keeping them on leash in public is still a good idea to prevent potential fights with other dogs.


Chinese Shar-Pei requires a patient, loving owner who can establish dominance without being overtly strict. They can have hereditary eye and skin conditions, which should be consulted with the breeders when considering a puppy.


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