Chinese Shar-Pei Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Chinese Fighting Dog
  • Size:Medium
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Daily Walk
  • Energy Level:Low/Medium
  • Protection:Effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, if raised with them and well socialized
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:45-60 lbs
  • Height:18-20 inches
  • Coat Colour:Any solid colour including sable

Chinese Shar-Pei Coat

The Chinese Shar-Pei has a very harsh and straight coat. The coat ranges from being either extremely short, to no longer than an inch long at the withers, called a "brush coat."

Chinese Shar-Pei Character

The Chinese Shar-Pei is an intelligent, dignified, and calm dog but can also be very alert making him ideal for a guard or watchdog. He has a strong protective instinct so this breed should be well socialized at an early age to avoid shyness or from being overprotective.

Chinese Shar-Pei Temperament

Alert and confident, the Chinese Shar-Pei makes a wonderful companion to an experienced owner. This breed is not for everyone. He can do well with children, however should be supervised around infants, as this is a powerful dog. Can be somewhat aggressive towards other dogs, but given the right socialization, he can do well.

Chinese Shar-Pei Care

The coat of the Chinese Shar-Pei is not very high maintenance, however it should be brushed to remove loose or dead hair occasionally. A rubber brush should suffice. The ears should be cleaned regularly as well as under the folds of skin.

Chinese Shar-Pei Activity

If given proper exercise, this breed can do okay without a yard. An average sized yard is suggested, but is not required. This breed loves walks with his owner however due to the folds of skin, which can make him overheat, fresh water should always be provided.

Chinese Shar-Pei Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Chinese Shar-Pei is around 7-12 years, and there are a number of health issues and disorders that are linked to this breed. Some of these include entropion, HD, thyroid problems, bloat, autoimmune problems, allergies and skin conditions, sensitivity to chemicals and medications, and malabsorption. The parents of the Chinese Shar-Pei should have OFA and CERF certificates.