The Chinese Shar-Pei is a playful, active, dominant, and brave breed. It is very loyal to its handler.
Today there is a renewed interest in Shar-Pei as a unique family pet. It is suited for both urban and city living, but it does not kennel well. The Shar-Pei has wrinkled, loose skin. This is a well-mannered, friendly dog with an easygoing nature, but may show signs of aggression towards other dogs. The Shar-Pei has a blue-black tongue a characteristic only found in the Chow Chow and the Thai Ridgeback, which may suggest a common ancestry.
Solid colors only, black, chocolate, reddish brown, red, light fawn, dark fawn or cream.
Short, straight, bristly, no undercoat on loose skin. The Shar-Pei should be brushed regularly. Its coat is never trimmed. Attention must be paid to its skin to ensure that no irritations exist within the folds. Regular massaging and brushing and with a bristle brush will keep the coat in top condition.
Skin problems (may be caused by hereditary condition), in-turned eyelids (entropion) and allergies.
The Chinese Shar-Pei is easy-going, calm, independent, and devoted. The Shar-Pei is an intelligent dog that does not always follow orders slavishly. It needs a confident, experienced handler. This breed tends to be stubborn and bold; it needs firm, but gentle and extremely consistent training.
If you are too uncertain, too inconstant, too soft, or too mild in the dog’s eyes, it will take over as the boss. It may refuse commands from family members who have not established leadership over the dog. It is bond with its family, but is not unfriendly toward strangers. It makes a very good guard-dog.
Mixing other dogs can sometimes be a problem; early socialization is a must. This dog is very clean and almost housebreak itself. Shar-Pei dogs generally hate water and try as hard as possible to avoid it. Puppies grow very quickly and must be fed accordingly. The Shar-Pei tends to slobber, especially when in pain.
The Shar-Pei will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is moderately active indoors and will do okay without a yard. Because of its padded head, it is very sensitive to heat; shade and water must always be available. Provided it gets enough exercise, it will be very peaceful indoors. Shar-Pei has a considerable need for exercise, but do not over exercise it in the heat, as it is sensitive to it.