Chinese Shar-Pei Dog Breed Information

Chinese Shar-Pei Quick Facts
Chinese Shar-Pei
Breed Group: Non Sporting
Origen: China
Nickname: Chinese Fighting Dog
Weight: 45-60 lbs
Height: 18-20 inches
Color(s): All solid colors including sable

Chinese Shar-Pei Appearance

The Chinese Shar Pei is a medium sized dog bread of great distinction. He has become well known because of his unusual appearance, with his wrinkly skin and frowning expression. His head shape is large and rectangular with profuse wrinkles, and his lips and muzzle are well padded. Like the Chow Chow, these dogs have a blue-black tongue. His almond shaped eyes are small and sunken. The high-set, triangular ears are very small, and slightly rounded at the tips. The tail is chunky at the base tapering to a fine point and set extremely high. The loose skin and wrinkles are abundant in puppies but may be limited to the head, neck and withers of an older dog.

The Chinese Shar Pei comes in three different coat types: horse, brush and bear coat. The horse coat is very hard and is intended to be very short and bristly. The brush-coated variety has slightly longer hair and a smoother feel to them. The bear coat is so much longer than the brush and horse coats that, in most cases, is hard to see the famous wrinkles. The weight of the Chinese Shar Pei is around 45-60 pounds and the height is around 18-20 inches.

Chinese Shar-Pei Temperament

The Chinese Shar Pei is self-confident, sober, independent, reserved and can be very obstinate and stubborn sometimes. The Chinese Shar Pei is a dog that is loyal and loving to its family while being very protective and often suspicious of strangers. If poorly socialized or trained, it can become especially territorial and aggressive. It is a largely silent breed, barking only when playing or worried. They can be aggressive toward other dogs and may chase small animals, although it is generally good with children and family pets. The Chinese Shar Pei is easy-going, calm, independent, and devoted. They make a delightful companion and good watchdogs.

Is Chinese Shar-Pei the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Chinese Shar-Pei have a considerable need for exercise, which include a daily walk but do not over exercise them as they are sensitive to warm weather. The Chinese Shar Pei needs early socialization, consistent training, and a confident owner with some experience of dog ownership and training. The Chinese Shar-Pei is moderately active indoors and will do okay in an apartment without a yard if it is sufficiently exercised

Chinese Shar-Pei Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Chinese Shar Pei is around 8-10 years.

Chinese Shar-Pei Health problems

Chinese Shar Peis are notorious for allergies, skin conditions and eyelid disorders like entropion and ectropion. He is sensitive to anesthetics and chemicals and should never be casually medicated or sedated. The major concerns associated with this breed are CHD (Canine hip dysplasia) and entropion. There are some other concerns such as familial Shar Pei fever (FSF); This is a serious congenital disease that causes short fevers lasting up to 24 hours, usually accompanied by accumulation of fluid around the ankles (called Swollen Hock Syndrome). This bread is also susceptible to patellar luxation, otitis external, lip and skin fold pyodermas, hypothyroidism and renal amyloidosis.

Chinese Shar-Pei Care and Grooming

The Chinese Shar Pei has folds over his entire body, especially when young; these folds need regular clean. Ears must be kept clean and dry to prevent infections. Also the tail needs to be inspected and cleaned to prevent infections. Put drops in the eyes when necessary. The Chinese Shar Pei requires occasional brushing. Brush with a soft brush and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary.

Chinese Shar-Pei Shedding

The Chinese Shar Pei has little to no shedding. The "brush" coat sheds a little year round, but the "horse" coat tends to shed only during molting periods. You could help minimize it by frequent brushing to remove the dead hair and stimulate the skin. The horse coat can sometimes cause a problem with people who are prone to allergies.