Chinese Shar-Pei Characteristics
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
SIZE: Height: 46-51cm (18-20in); Weight: 18-25kg (40-55lb)
COAT: Short, straight, and bristly; no undercoat
COLOR: Any solid color including sable
Life Span: 8-12 years
Other Chinese Shar-Pei Characteristics: Head domed, with some stop and occipital bone prominent; lozenge-shaped eyes; ears set low; body long and deep throughout length; tail (stern) well set on
Chinese Shar-Pei History
There are likenesses of the Shar-Pei or Chinese Fighting Dog back to the Han Dynasty (206BC-AD220), and it has been suggested that this loose-skinned breed may have originated in Tibet or China’s Northern Province some 2,000 years ago. The Chinese Shar-Pei was used to heard flocks and hunt wild boar in China, and was also matched against other dogs in trials of strength, although its nature is so affable that it may have had to be provoked to do so with the aid of drugs. It is not long since the Chinese Shar-Pei had the distinction of being the rarest dog in the world, but now it is drawing good entries in the show ring.
Chinese Shar-Pei Temperament
The Chinese Shar-Pei is self-assured, independent, and stubborn. They are devoted to and very protective of family, and reserved, even suspicious, toward strangers. The Chinese Shar-Pei can be aggressive toward other dogs.
Chinese Shar-Pei Profile
A very affectionate dog with a frowning expression, the Chinese Shar-Pei is calm, independent, and devoted. This is a strong, independent breed that tends to bond to a single person. An aloof nature makes the Chinese Shar-Pei wary of strangers, and is fiercely protective of its home and family. Without good early socialization and firm, consistent training, the Chinese Shar-Pei can be aggressive toward people and animals.
Chinese Shar-Pei Appearance
With a head like a hippo, a blue-black tongue, tiny ears, and wrinkly skin that make puppies look as if they’re parading around in their parent’s clothes, the Chinese Shar-Pei unusual appearance is an appealing factor to many would-be buyers. However, the Chinese Shar-Pei is a lot more than a cute bundle of wrinkles.
Chinese Shar-Pei Care
The Chinese Shar-Pei’s coat is never trimmed, and it needs a reasonable amount of exercise. This breed needs a long walk or lively romp daily. The coat only needs weekly brushing, but wrinkles need regular attention to ensure that no irritations develop the skin folds.
Other Health Concerns: Eyelid problems include entropion (which the eyelid turns inward), hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, ear problems, allergies