This sober and dignified dog with the wrinkled skin, "hippopotamus" head, and scowling expression stands firmly on the ground with a calm, confident stature.
The shar-pei, which is also called Chinese shar-pei, is a relatively sizable breed. These energetic and confident dogs are Chinese natives. Shar-peis are hard to miss due to their loose flaps of skin, which give off the impression of deep wrinkles.
Aloof with strangers, Chinese Shar-Pei must be accustomed to people at an early age so that their natural territorial instincts are properly discriminatory.
If you want a dog who...
- Is medium-sized and sturdily-built
- Has a calm, confident nature
- Is naturally clean and easy to housebreak
- Doesn't bark much
They are thought to come from the Guangdong province, which is situated in the southeastern region of China. Shar-peis first hit American shores in 1966, by way of the Hong Kong Kennel Club.
These pooches are essentially neat and tidy creatures, although they do require baths from time to time. Apart from bathing, it is important to trim their nails as necessary and to brush their fur once each seven days or so. Routine examinations of the "inner" portions of the loose skin are also necessary, as skin discomfort is a possibility.
If you don't want to deal with...
- Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge
- Potential aggression toward people when not socialized properly
- Potential aggression toward other animals
- Loud snoring and snorting sounds
- A high price tag
Chronic health problems. The structure of this breed is quite deformed. Wrinkled folds of skin trap moisture, which leads to itchy skin problems and bacterial infections.
Potential aggression toward strangers.Some Chinese Shar-Pei are friendly, while others are very reserved.
Legal liabilities. Chinese Shar Pei may be targeted for "banning" in certain areas, or refusal of homeowner insurance policies.