The Shar-Pei originated in China over 2,000 years ago and was bred for hunting and dog fighting. Wrinkles over skull and withers, small ears and "hippopotamus" muzzle impart to the Shar-Pei a unique look. Shar-Pei is calm, independent, loyal and affectionate to his family.
Extremely devoted and loving, he thrives both in the country and in apartments. Shar-Pei will not destroy your home and aggravate your neighbors by howling when left alone for long hours. They are naturally suspicious of strangers and protective but will not be aggressive toward visitors to your home. They have a stable temperament and are very good with children. Shar-Pei do not shed or smell. All the above combined with firm but gentle training make them good family dogs.
A distinctive feature of the breed is its coat: short, harsh and bristly with no undercoat. He is of a very independent mind and very protective of his property and humans. Shar-Pei can be of any lid color, except white. Tail and rear part of thighs are frequently of a lighter color.
Photo courtesy of Les Shar-Pei de Dame Nature
Shar-Pei Breed Outline
Other Names: Chinese Bulldog
Country of Origin: China
Utilization: Hunting and watchdog
FCI Classification: Group 2 - Pinschers, Schnauzers & Molossian Types and Swiss Mountain-and Cattledogs; Section 2.1 - Molossian, Mastiff type. Without working trial.; AKC Classification: Non-Sporting
Size: Medium (18-20 inches at shoulder)
Colors: All solid colors are acceptable except white. Tail and rear part of thighs frequently of a lighter color. Darker shading down the back and on the ears are permissible.
Litter Size: 6
Life Span: 8-10 years
Grooming Requirements: Ears and eyes must be checked and cleaned frequently.
Personality: The Shar-Pei is intelligent, quiet and very devoted to his owners. Shar-Pei are wary of strangers and make good watchdogs. They require a lot of personal attention. He is considered to be a "one-man" dog.
Social skills: Shar-Pei will get along with dogs and cats if properly socialized with them at an early age. They can be aggressive toward dogs of the same sex.
Suitability for Children: The Shar-Pei is usually good with children, but is not the best choice for families with small children.
Exercise Needs: They do well with no or little exercise.
Train Ability: Confident and stubborn and must be approached with a firm but gentle hand. A very intelligent dog that excels in obedience trials.
Health & Behavioral Issues: hip dysplasia, bowed legs, kidney disease, eye problems, and skin allergies.
Keywords: Chinese Shar-Pei, guard dog, watchdog, Wachhund, chien de garde, perro guardián, hunting dog, chien de chasse, Jagdhund