Height: 18-20 inches
Weight: 35-55 lbs.
Life Span: 8-12 yrs.
Breed Group: Northern
The independent and sometimes stubborn shar-pei is devoted to its family,
protective of its territory, and wary of human and animal strangers. Socialization
and obedience classes at an early age are a must. The shar-pei does best
with respectful children at least five years old. Confrontations with other
animals can be a problem.
The coat may be one of three lengths: horse (under 1/2 inch long), brush
(1/2 to one inch long), or bear (over one inch long).
The coat is usually cream, fawn, red, or black, and the tongue either bluish-black
or lavender (in light-coated dogs).
The loose skin, small ears, thick rounded muzzle, and curled high-set tail
are also distinctive.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Brush weekly to prevent skin infections, and examine skin folds and between
digits regularly. The shar-pei needs daily brisk walks on a leash or a run
in a secured area.
The shar-pei originated in China over 2,000 years ago and was bred for hunting
Its thick, loose skin made it virtually impervious to an attacker's sharp
teeth and claws, allowing the shar-pei to bite even while being bitten.
The Chinese shar-pei is not suitable for inexperienced dog owners.
Breed-related health concerns: entropion, skin and ear infections,
atopy, patellar luxation, hip and elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club