Behold the bristly and wrinkly and brilliant Shar Pei! A dog of Chinese origin, it’s impossible to mistake this breed’s generously-proportioned muzzle for any other. This breed loses its wrinkles as it gets older (jealous? Who, us?). Often cited as a good watchdog, it’s known for being loyal and protective of its family, yet friendly towards strangers. Here’s our run-through of the traits.
Breed Group: Utility
Coat length: Short
Exercise: Up to 1 hour per day
Grooming required?: Once a week
The Shar Pei’s history is up for debate. It’s believed to be descended from the ancient Mastiff and has roots tracing back to China’s Han Dynasty, more than two millennia ago. The Hong Kong Kennel Club recognised the breed in 1968.
The Shar Pei has an average lifespan of 8-10 years.
Health problems can include allergies, infections in lip and skin folds, knee problems, hip problems and eye problems. Shar Peis are also occasionally reported to suffer from a mysterious fever.
The devoted darling
Providing you get off on the right foot with firm obedience training from a confident handler, you can expect this breed to be a calm and devoted member of the family.
Shar Pei’s are pretty drooly, thanks to their very large and fleshy muzzle. That’s basically where the bad news ends though. Their fine, dense coat needs regular brushing and a weekly bath when your dog is moulting.
As long as you practise confident handling to establish the right dynamic with this somewhat dominant pooch, training should be a breeze.
The Shar Pei is one of the easiest dogs to housebreak.
Where to find Shar Peis
Fancy meeting and greeting other Shar Peis and their owners? Find a group below.
Adopt a Shar Pei
Want to adopt a Shar Pei in need of a loving home? Find a rescue centre below.
Sold on the Shar Pei’s furry vibe? Take a look at these Kennel Club Assured Breeders.