The Shar Pei may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but these dogs have plenty of inner beauty as well as being simply adorable. Native to China, the Shar Pei is easily identifiable by its wrinkly appearance, but the breed has many other great qualities to offer. They are also known for their intense loyalty to their owners and for being protective of their family members, without the high levels of aggression that some other breeds display. These are intelligent dogs with a lot of love to give who are ideal for single persons and families with or without children. They can be happy in homes with or without yards, provided that their owners can give them the exercise they need through walks and active playtime.
Wrinkles are the feature for which this breed is best known, but this is something which is most apparent in Chinese Shar Pei dogs when they are still puppies and they will appear deeply wrinkled all over at this age. As the dogs mature, they will grow out of this and ultimately, they will normally have wrinkles only on their faces. A Chinese Pei typically has very short fur which takes only minimal grooming and maintenance, though they do shed annually or semi annually, which often results in the dog looking a bit odd while its new coat grows. However, they shed very little other than at these times. You can find Shar Peis in different hues, with the most common being fawn, sable and black, though red, blue and lilac dogs may also be seen.
While a Chinese Shar Pei doesn’t need much in the way of grooming, they will look their best when bathed a few times monthly, with special attention paid to washing their wrinkles and folds. Some think that the wrinkles in their skins make them especially prone to skin infections, though this is actually not the case – while the breed is sometimes prone to skin problems, this is due to irresponsible breeding practices engaged in by some breeders in the past decades as this dog became popular.
Devoted and intelligent are adjectives which describe the Chinese Shar Pei well. These dogs are generally very calm, though they do like to get plenty of play and exercise like any other breed. Since these dogs are intelligent, they can tend to be stubborn, which means that they need to be well trained beginning as early as possible. Shar Pei owners need to be consistent and firm with their dogs, but once their Shar Pei is trained, they will reward them with loyal, loving companionship for years. It is true that they can be suspicious around new people, but they are not usually aggressive as long as they have been well trained. The Shar Pei is also normally a quiet breed which will only bark when they feel threatened. Due to their gentle nature, the Chinese Shar Pei is a good pet for families with young kids.