Chinese Shar-Pei


You could say it’s ironic that the Shar-Pei’s skin is so wrinkly, given that this is one of the most ancient breeds of dogs that we know about. It is thought they date back to the Han Dynasty in Southern China and that they’re even featured in artwork dating as far back as 200 BC.
The Shar-Pei was originally bred to be a farming and hunting dog. In the last century, they faced the threat of extinction when the communist regime in China outlawed them during the revolution. Fortunately for them (and us), keen American breeders assisted by importing them en masse into the United States.
Today, they’re no longer in danger of disappearing. Just as well, as we don’t know what we’d do without these adorable pets.

Breed Insights

Intelligent, independent, and alert dogs with a reputation of being loyal to the family.
Chinese Shar-Pei are moderately active dogs.
Independent spirit but responds well to a reward-based approach to training involving treats or favorite toys.
The Chinese Shar-Pei was originally bred for various purposes including the guarding of people and/or property. Individual members of this breed will benefit from firm and dedicated training to temper this guarding tendency, and thus help to maintain safety as a household companion.

Height: 18 – 20 in

Show Weight: 40 – 60 lb

Pet Weight: 40 – 68 lb