Shar Pei Breed Profile

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KC Group Utility

Size Medium

Good with children? Unknown

Good guard dogs? Yes

Moulting level Low

Grooming Light

Exercise requirement Moderate

Jogging partner Short runs

Shar Pei Breed Profile

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A strong, powerful dog, yet one who is gentle with children and full of character. Higher-than-average tendency for health issues.

History of the Shar Pei

The Shar Pei’s wrinkles trace back to his dog fighting days; they prevented opponents from being able to get hold of him easily, while his prickly coat felt unpleasant in their mouths, causing them to quickly let go.

If you read his original breed standard, you can discover why this dog looks so unique. It says the Shar Pei should have a head shaped like a melon, a mouth like a mother frog, clam-shaped ears, a face like a grandmother, a neck like a water buffalo, a body like a fish, a back like a shrimp, all coupled with a horse’s buttocks on dragon’s legs, with feet like garlic!

Shar Pei character

Originally bred as fighting dogs (as well as food!), today the Shar Pei is a lot less aggressive, although the 'fighting' instinct not entirely dispersed. The Breed Standard describes them as "Calm, independent, very affectionate, and devoted to people". They are good with children, but care should be taken with other dogs.

Shar Pei size

Medium. The Breed Standard stipulates the height should be between 46-51cm.

Shar Pei health

Take real care in selecting your breeder, as the Shar Pei is prone to a number of health issues. Eyes and skin infections are common.

Shar Pei care

Read up on the potential health problems associated with the breed and choose your breeder with care.

Remember! All breed profiles are general and every dog is an individual.