Chinese Shar-pei

Alert and confident, the Chinese Shar-Pei makes a wonderful companion to an experienced owner. Firm handling should be practiced with this breed.  
Chinese Shar-pei Information

Average sizes and life expectancy of the breed


18-20 Inches


45-60 Lbs.


11-12 Years

Chinese Shar-pei Information

The Chinese Shar-Pei is a dog breed originating from China. The name “Shar-Pei” means “sand skin” or “rough coat” in Chinese. Shar-Peis were initially bred as guard dogs and hunting dogs, but they are now mostly kept as companion animals.

Shar-Peis are known for their distinct wrinkled appearance, resulting from loose skin on their bodies. Shar-Peis come in various colors, including black, blue, cream, fawn, red, and silver.

The Chinese Shar-Pei is a loyal and protective breed that makes a great family pet.

They can be aloof with strangers and may be aggressive toward other dogs, so socialization is essential from an early age. Shar-Peis require daily exercise and do best in a home with a yard.

Chinese Shar-Pei Exercise Needs

The Chinese Shar-Pei is a moderately active breed that needs daily exercise to stay in shape. A good walk or run will suffice, but they also enjoy playing fetch and going for hikes.

Shar-Peis are intelligent dogs that need mental stimulation as well as physical activity. Puzzle toys and training games are a great way to keep their minds active.

Chinese Shar-Pei Training

Shar-Peis are intelligent dogs eager to please, so they can be easy to train. However, they can also be stubborn, so patience and consistency are key.

Start training your Shar-Pei as early as possible, using positive reinforcement techniques such as treats and praise.

Basic commands such as sit, stay, come, and down should be taught first. Shar-Peis can also be trained to perform tricks and obedience behaviors.

Chinese Shar-Pei Health Issues

Shar-Peis are generally healthy dogs, but like all breeds, they are susceptible to certain health conditions. Some of the most common health problems seen in Shar-Peis include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, allergies, and eye problems.

Chinese Shar-Pei Grooming

Shar-Peis have a short, dense coat that does not require much grooming. They should be brushed weekly to remove dead hair and keep their coat healthy.

Shar-Peis only need to be bathed when necessary, as over-washing can strip their skin of natural oils. Their wrinkles should be cleaned regularly with a damp cloth to prevent infection.

Shar-Peis are moderate shedders and may require more grooming during shedding season.

Breed Identification


Any Solid Color Including Sable



Breed Care


Once a week


Up to 1 hour per day


Entropion, Atopic Dermatitis, Demodectic Mange, Cataracts, Patellar Luxation, Elbow Dysplasia, IgA Deficiency, Fold Dermatitis, Hip Dysplasia

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