The Chinese Shar-Pei is an ancient dog originating in the southern provinces of China, where they were used as all-round farm and guard dogs. Suspicious and reserved by nature, they are very territorial and protective of their family. Moreover, these traits combine to make natural guard dogs. This independent breed will enjoy the company of people more than dogs. However, this doesn't mean you should expect a cuddly lap dog. Equally, Chinese Shar-Pei tends to be standoffish even with their favorite people. They don't bark much, but snore, snort, snuffle and grunt. Their smart, strong-willed, confident attitude makes a Chinese SharPei a challenge for first-time dog owners.
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The life expectancy of a Chinese Shar-Pei is 8-12 years.
Size & Activity Level
The Chinese Shar-Pei is a medium size dog who will average between 40-55 pounds. They are a part of the Non-Sporting Group.
Early and extensive socialization will help keep them from becoming a snob. For example, Chinese Shar-Pei tends to be dog aggressive, so take heed and avoid the dog park. They have a goofy side and will need moderate exercise outside. They are relatively quiet and calm in the house. A few walks per day will make for a content Chinese Shar-Pei. In view of this fact, apartment living is well suited for this breed.
Care & Grooming
Hence, their name means "sand skin" referring to their sandpaper-like coat. The coat comes in three varieties, brush, horse, and bear, but all three types will shed. Additionally, they are easily identified by its deep wrinkled skin, small ears, and blue-black tongue. The Chinese Shar-Pei is naturally clean and easy to house train. Bathing is infrequently needed which is a good thing as their wrinkles must be thoroughly cared for. Chinese Shar-Pei are a brachiocephalic breed, prone to overheating due to their short muzzle needing caution in the heat. Ear canals are small and prone to infection when not cared for. Chinese Shar-Pei fever is a condition to be managed, causing fever, swollen hock joints, vomiting, and diarrhea. These issues are manageable and worth the trouble for this loyal companion.