The Chinese Shar Pei is easily recognized by its wrinkly appearance. Shar Pei’s are medium sized dogs that reach heights of almost 20 inches and weigh around 50 pounds. They have a bristly coat that is usually sable colored and the dog has a life span of about 10 years. The breed was nearly eliminated during the communist regime but some Hong Kong breeders managed to keep the breed alive. Like any breed the Sharp Pei has some unique characteristics, here is what you should know before getting a Shar Pei.
- The breed falls into the category of molossers, these types of dogs have “smushed” faces similar to bulldogs so they can be noisy, your Shar Pei is going to snore and it will snort regularly.
- These dogs only shed their coats during the summer months, if you have dog allergies these dogs may be a little easier for you to own.
- The wrinkles make harder for the dog to see and these dogs will shy away when you try and pat their head. They don’t see you until you are right in front of them, they don’t have much in the way of peripheral vision. When you approach them you will need to do it from the front. Shar Pei’s are not ideal family pets and you will need to supervise them when they are around children. These dogs need to be socialized, always allow the dog to sniff your hand when you greet them.
- Because these dogs are so wary around strangers they can make for a good watch dog. These are independent dogs and they can work while their master is away. This independence can also mean the dog is a bit on the stubborn side. The easiest way to train these dogs is with a combination of praise along with food treats when your dog behaves the way they are supposed to.5. The tongue of the Shar Pei is bluish black and this is also a feature of the Chow Chow, many experts and breeders believe that the two breeds may share a common ancestor.
The Shar Pei is a great breed of dog but before you go and get one from a breeder you should make yourself aware of the characteristics of the breed beforehand, the good and the bad. This is not the ideal family dog and they don’t mix well with other dogs but for the right owner they can be a great companion.