Breed Group: Non-Sporting
Weight: 45-60 lbs
Height: 18-20 inches
Color(s): any solid color including sable
The Chinese Shar-Pei is a somewhat powerful dog. Known for his wrinkles, this breed makes a wonderful watchdog and can at times be intimidating to strangers. Very loyal, and devoted to his family.
The Chinese Shar-Pei is an intelligent, dignified, and calm dog but can also be very alert making him ideal for a guard or watchdog. He has a strong protective instinct so this breed should be well socialized at an early age to avoid shyness or from being overprotective.
Alert and confident, the Chinese Shar-Pei makes a wonderful companion to an experienced owner. This breed is not for everyone. He can do well with children, however should be supervised around infants, as this is a powerful dog. Can be somewhat aggressive towards other dogs, but given the right socialization, he can do well.
The coat of the Chinese Shar-Pei is not very high maintenance, however it should be brushed to remove loose or dead hair occasionally. A rubber brush should suffice. The ears should be cleaned regularly as well as under the folds of skin.
The Chinese Shar-Pei has a very harsh and straight coat. The coat ranges from being either extremely short, to no longer than an inch long at the withers, called a "brush coat."
The Chinese Shar-Pei can be stubborn at times, making him somewhat hard to handle when it comes to training. However, he is very willing to please and is intelligent. Firm handling should be practiced with this breed.
If given proper exercise, this breed can do okay without a yard. An average sized yard is suggested, but is not required. This breed loves walks with his owner however due to the folds of skin, which can make him overheat, fresh water should always be provided.
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