Size: Medium Height: 46 - 51 cm (18 - 20 inches) Weight: 16 - 25 kg (35 - 55 lb) Life Span: 10 years Grooming: Medium Exercise: Medium Feeding: Medium Temperament: Independent but friendly Country of Origin: China AKC Group: Non-Sporting Other Names: Chinese Shar Pei, Chinese Fighting Dog
General Appearance: Squarely-built, wrinkled and bold. Colour: Black, fawn, red, cream, dark brown and smoky. White markings are undesirable. Coat: Short, bristly and harsh. Tail: Set high and carried in a curl over back. Ears: Small, triangular, thick and lying flat against head. Body: The body is compact and muscular with relatively loose skin. The chest is broad and deep with a short, strong back.
Temperament: Friendly, independent, quiet and affectionate. Shar Pei's need confident handlers that are consistent and firm or these dogs will perceive themselves as boss and become overly dominant. Because Shar Pei's have natural fighting instincts they may not accept other dogs, but this can depend on their social upbringing. They get along with children and strangers but do need early socialization with other household pets to prevent any problems. This breed bonds closely with it's family and makes an excellent guard dog.
Grooming: The coat can be brushed with a soft brush and folds of skin need to be checked regularly and kept clean and dry. Some Shar Pei's have tails lying very close to body and these also need to be inspected and cleaned to prevent infection. The folds of skin are more prominent when these dogs are young and therefore more attention is necessary during this period.