The Shar Pei is a medium-sized dog with a short bristly coat and distinctive wrinkled skin. It is one of the oldest dog breeds in the world. The Shar Pei forms part of the utility group of dogs.
The Shar Pei is a very old breed, with references going back to the 1200s. The Shar Pei was originally used for herding, guarding, hunting and fighting. Today it is kept simply as a companion pet.
The breed is known to be reserved and independent, but forms a strong bond with the family unit. It is a dog that can be aloof with strangers, and be aggressive towards other dogs, especially unfamiliar dogs. Care should always be taken around young children with the Shar Pei, and contact with cats and other small pets should be avoided.
Training and socialisation should be introduced from an early age to ensure a balanced temperament. Harsh training methods should be avoided. The Shar Pei makes an excellent guard dog around the home, and is extremely protective of its owner/s.
The breed comes in a wide variety of colours which include:
Height bitch 46-51cms
Height dog 46-51cms
Weight (kilos) bitch 18-25kgs
Weight (kilos) dog 25-29kgs
The Shar Pei requires an hour of exercise daily. Lack of exercise and mental stimulation may result in unwanted behaviour.
No, the Shar Pei requires a competent, experienced owner with a good understanding of the needs of the breed.
Short. The short bristly coat stands away from the skin. The Shar Pei does not have an undercoat.
Low. The short no-fuss coat requires little grooming, although a regular brushing with a good quality bristle brush will add a lovely sheen to the coat.
The folds of skin should be kept clean with warm water and dried thoroughly to prevent yeast and bacterial infections. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.
No. The Shar Pei sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.
Owners should check with their breeder about the following known health issues in the breed that include:
As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.
A healthy Shar Pei should expect to enjoy a lifespan of up to 15 years of age.
Expect to pay around £750-£1,000 for a puppy, and litters are often available.
There are generally 4-6 puppies in the average litter.
A dog or bitch weighing between 25kgs will require around 330gms of complete dry food daily.
A dog or bitch weighing 25kkgs will cost around £8 per week to feed.
Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the utility group.
Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: