Shar Pei

Shar Pei description

The Shar Pei breed originates from China. It is a relatively old dog breed as its origins date back from as far as 2000 years ago. At that time the Shar Pei was used by farmers as a guard and hunting dog. Due to his athletic abilities and muscular size, he was also trained as a fighting dog. The Shar Pei who were trained as fighting dogs were selected to have a deep wrinkled skin. This feature was considered an asset for fighting dogs, preventing them from getting injured.

In the 19th century, new dog breeds such as Bulldog and Mastiff were introduced to China to take part in dog fights. Shar Peis could not face such powerful opponents and were dismissed from these fights. In the middle of the 20th century, a new tax was voted. This tax concerned all dog owners who had to pay a tax for owning a dog. This, combined with the importation of more powerful dog breeds in China lead to a decrease of the Shar Pei population which almost reached extinction. In the 1960s, the Shar Pei breed was exported to America where they became very popular.

Shar Pei characteristics

A Shar Pei measures between 18 to 20 inches and weighs between 16 to 20 kilos. Its coat can be of two sorts: wrinkles can cover his entire body or just his face. The coat can be of various colours such as fawn, black and sable. The Shar Pei has a blue tongue, a similar attribute of the Chow Chow.

Shar Pei temperament

The Shar Pei is a good natured dog who is very attached to his owners. He is generally good around children and enjoys playing with them. Being very close to his owners, the Shar Pei does not like to be left alone. An early training is recommended.

The Shar Pei is said to be very adaptable to the lifestyle of his owner. Also, if the owner leads a sedentary life, the Shar Pei will spend most of his time sleeping. On the contrary, he will enjoy taking part in the activities of an active family.

Shar Peis have kept a strong hunting instinct. They might track a prey on a walk or in the garden and can easily run away, tracking a scent. For this reason, it is recommended to have a well fenced garden and to keep your dog on the lead when going on a walk.

The Shar Pei puppy can be introduced to other animals. Introducing an older dog to other animals is often more delicate.

Shar Pei training

Shar Peis are more suitable for experienced owners who already have a fair amount of knowledge in the breed. They tend to be dominant and can sometimes be obstinate also a consistent and firm training is necessary. From the day you bring your Shar Pei puppy home, it is important to establish rules and boundaries. Doing so, will help your dog understands the hierarchy of the household. Like most dogs, Shar Peis are very receptive to positive reinforcement also owners should take advantage of this to encourage wanted behaviours.

Shar Peis are very attached to their owners and like to take part in their activities. Subsequently, they generally perform well in agility classes. Bringing your dog to obedience or agility classes will also help in socializing your Shar Pei. Being dominant by nature, Shar Peis are likely to develop aggressive behaviours towards other dogs when they grow older also interactions with other dogs should be encouraged.

Shar Pei food habits

Shar Peis require to be fed with a high quality aliment to remain healthy. A high quality dry food should give your dog all the necessary nutrients to his growth.

Shar Pei health

Shar Peis are prone to many diseases such as:

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