Shar-Pei Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Shar-Pei so you can get to know the breed more.
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Other Names |
What other names does the Shar-Pei have?
|Chinese Fighting Dog|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Shar-Pei puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Shar-Pei in the United States? How much money is a Shar-Pei?
Where to buy a Shar-Pei with a good pedigree?
If you choose to purchase the Shar-Pei, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Shar-Pei for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Shar-Pei gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Shar-Pei? How many Shar-Pei are there in the world?
Very frequent: The Shar-Pei is quite easy to get. There is a risk of overbreeding, as it is an extremely popular breed.
Inbreeding is common because of its popularity. A new study suggests that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.So be careful, buy from a trustworthy place or kennel and seek the help of an experienced person, a professional, to make the right decision.
Is a Shar-Pei small, medium or large dog?
How big do Shar-Pei get?
What is the average size of a Shar-Pei?
How much does the Shar-Pei weigh? How much should a Shar-Pei weight? What is the normal weight of a Shar-Pei? How much does a full-grown Shar-Pei weight?
|40-55 pounds (18- 25 kg)|
Average Weight |
What is the average weight of a Shar-Pei?
|47.5 pounds (18- 25 kg)|
How tall is the Shar-Pei? Shar-Pei height:
|18-20 inches (46-51 cm)|
Average Height |
What is the average height of a Shar-Pei?
|19 inches (48.5 cm)|
Coat / Hair Types |
What type of coat does the Shar-Pei have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Shar-Pei coats?
|Black Red Blue Cream BrownFawn Apricot|
How to groom the Shar-Pei and how often? How often should I take my Shar-Pei to the groomer?
Average: The Shar-Pei requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.
Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.
Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.
Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.
If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Shar-Pei, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.
Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level |
How much do Shar-Pei dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Chinese Fighting Dog? Do Shar-Pei dogs shed a lot?
Shar-Pei dogs shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car being covered by dog hair. Shar-Pei dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency |
How often does the Shar-Pei need a bath? How often should you give a Shar-Pei a bath? Can I bathe my Shar-Pei every day?
| 4-6 weeks |
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.
Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.
What kind of personality does the Shar-Pei have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Shar-Pei? Is the Shar-Pei breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
The Shar-Pei ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.
Are Shar-Pei dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Shar-Pei?
Shar-Pei dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
Average: Shar-Peis, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Shar-Pei sensitivity:
Shar-Pei dogs are less sensitive than other dog breeds. They aren't receptive to their owner's emotions and handle soft punishment quite well.
They don't mind an always changing daily routine, a hectic household, young children, a noisy or office environment, and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they? Is a Shar-Pei a good family dog?
Slightly Below Average: Shar-Pei dogs may seem unfriendly sometimes due to their independence. Their happiness doesn't depend on their owner's emotional level.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the Chinese Fighting Dog need? Shar-Pei social needs:
Shar-Pei dogs are kinda antisocial. This breed doesn't like being around people all the time, they tolerate being left alone.
Do Shar-Pei dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Chinese Fighting Dog bark?
Low: The Shar-Pei barks none to minimal. Perfect choice if you prefer a quiet breed.
Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Shar-Pei good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Shar-Pei dogs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial |
Do Shar-Pei dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Shar-Pei dogs are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect its territory so the Shar-Pei can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Shar-Pei will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential |
Do Shar-Pei bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Chinese Fighting Dog? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Shar-Pei? Why do dog bites happen?
The Shar-Pei has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force |
Does the Shar-Pei has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Shar-Pei? How much bite force does a Shar-Pei have?
Between 200 and 400 PSI ⏺
Shar-Pei bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
The Shar-Pei, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.
However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Shar-Pei do?
Shar-Pei dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Shar-Pei dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Shar-Pei to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Shar-Pei roam?
Shar-Pei dogs tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Shar-Pei have high prey drive?
Shar-Pei dogs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Shar-Pei good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Shar-Pei in an apartment?
Apartment-friendly dog the Shar-Pei breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Shar-Pei dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
How long can a Shar-Pei be left alone? How long can you leave a Shar-Pei alone?
Shar-Pei dogs handle alone time quite well. They are not prone to have separation anxiety.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Shar-Pei temperament with other people:
Shar-Pei dogs are not stranger friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Shar-Pei dogs get along with other pets? Are Shar-Pei dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Shar-Pei dogs are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly |
Are Shar-Pei dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Shar-Pei temperament with children:
Shar-Pei dogs are not kid-friendly dogs. This breed is not recommended for families with children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Shar-Pei dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Shar-Pei breed live with a cat?
Shar-Pei dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly |
Is Shar-Pei good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Shar-Pei dogs get along with other dogs?
Shar-Pei dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Shar-Pei is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Shar-Pei breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Shar-Pei breed suitable for first-time owners?
Shar-Pei dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly |
Are Shar-Pei dogs good office canines? Do Shar-Pei dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Shar-Pei is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Shar-Pei dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Chinese Fighting Dog temperament with senior people? Are Shar-Pei dogs good for elderly owners?
Shar-Peis are not recommended for elderly people.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Shar-Pei dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Shar-Pei rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Health Problems |
What genetic/health problems does the Shar-Pei breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Shar-Pei breed? Most common health risks of Shar-Pei:
|Hip DysplasiaPatellar LuxationCancerHypothyroidismBloatEntropionElbow DysplasiaDemodectic MangeOsteochondrosis DissecansGlaucomaSeborrheaCutaneous MucinosisFeverPyoderma|
Veterinarian Visits |
How often does the Shar-Pei breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Shar-Pei see the vet?
The Shar-Pei should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy |
How long do Shar-Pei dogs live? How old can a Shar-Pei be? What is the age limit of the Shar-Pei? How many years can the oldest Shar-Pei live?
What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Shar-Pei?
How long is the lifespan of a Shar-Pei?
The average lifespan of Shar-Pei: 9 years
Is the Shar-Pei breed hypoallergenic?
Shar-Pei dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the Shar-Pei have? What is the activity level of the Shar-Pei?
Shar-Pei dogs have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need |
How much exercise does a Shar-Pei need? How much exercise do Shar-Pei dogs require per day?
Do Shar-Pei dogs need a lot of exercises?
Shar-Pei dogs exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does the Shar-Pei breed need?
Shar-Pei dogs like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Average daily food consumption |
How much food does a Shar-Pei need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Shar-Pei breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Shar-Pei? How much food should I feed my Shar-Pei?
|2 to 2.5 cups of a high-quality dog food daily, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Shar-Pei risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Shar-Pei's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.
If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Shar-Pei weight regularly.
Weather and Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
| Tolerates warm and cold weather |
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Shar-Pei has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency |
Does the Shar-Pei drool?
The Shar-Pei is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Shar-Pei.
If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Shar-Pei be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
Shar-Pei is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Shar-Pei be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Shar-Pei be an emotional support animal?
This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.
Shar-Pei is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Shar-Pei be a sniffer dog?
They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Shar-Pei is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Shar-Pei be a search and rescue dog?
This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.
The Shar-Pei is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Shar-Pei be a boat dog?
Shar-Pei breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.
Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Shar-Pei be a drafting dog?
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.
Shar-Pei breed is a good choice for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog |
Where Shar-Pei dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?
In history, this breed was unfortunately used for combat dogs. A combat dog is a specially trained dog that is used in warfare to help protect military personnel and assets. Combat dogs are often deployed in areas where there is potential for contact with the enemy, such as during raids or search operations. Combat dogs are typically assigned to either infantry or special operations units. They are used for a variety of tasks including area security, sentry duty, trackers, and explosive detection. In addition to their combat roles, combat dogs also play an important role in troop morale by providing companionship and emotional support.
Gestation Length |
How long is a Shar-Pei pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Shar-Pei breed is pregnant?
Reproductive cycle of the female Shar-Pei: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.
During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.
The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.
The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.
The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.
The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the Shar-Pei have in a litter? How many puppies can the Shar-Pei breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Shar-Pei have? How many puppies can a Shar-Pei give birth to?
AKC Group |
Is Shar-Pei recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1992 as a Non-Sporting breed.|
FCI Group |
Is Shar-Pei recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Not recognized by FCI.|
Breed Recognition |
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Shar-Pei breed?
|American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club|
Shar-Pei Pros and Cons
- Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
- Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Shar-Pei breed.
- Shedding Level: Shar-Pei dogs shed none to minimal.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: Shar-Pei dogs tend to escape less than other breeds.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Shar-Pei dogs handle alone time quite well.
- Good For First Time Owners: Shar-Pei dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
- Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog: A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
- Hypoallergenic: Shar-Pei dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
- Drooling Tendency: The Shar-Pei is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
- Stinkiness: The Shar-Pei has a high chance of bad smell.
- Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Shar-Pei's weight, he can easily gain weight.
- Mouthiness: Shar-Pei dogs have a strong tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people.
- Child Friendly: Shar-Pei dogs are not kid-friendly dogs.
- Dog Friendly: Shar-Pei dogs are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
- Office Friendly: Shar-Pei is not the best dog breed for office environment.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Shar-Peis are not recommended for elderly people.
The Shar-Pei is one of the oldest breeds originating from China, from several hundred years ago. Regarding the international position of China, the country was a closed economy and society immune to outside influences for a long period of time. The uniqueness in China’s culture is manifesting itself in their indigenous dog breeds as well. The Shar-Pei is native to China’s southern provinces, and its history goes back almost 2000 years to the Han Dynasty. The only evidence of the breed’s early existence are the statues that look alike the Shar-Pei, which have been dated to 200 B.C., nonetheless, these statues resemble the Pug and the Chow-Chow more. Chinese manuscripts are among the very few historical findings, dating back the ancient times, with references to wrinkled dogs. It was presumed to have been a peasant’s dog, and in the manner of peasant’s dogs in all times and places, the Shar-Pei was expected to be versatile. Thus, initially, the breed was developed to herd, hunt, guard property and livestock against rustlers and predators. The dogs were owned and employed by Chinese farmers, yet unfortunately later on the breed had gotten into the illegal dogfighting business.
In 1949, the People’s Republic of China was established. After that, the Communist regime strictly regulated dog ownership and systematically slaughtered many of the purebred population on the mainland, thus resulting in the Shar-Pei’s almost complete wipeout. Fortunately, a handful of Shar-Pei specimens remained in Taiwan and in Hong Kong.
The United States started showing an interest in the breed, after its official introduction and documentation in the USA, in the mid-1960s and 1970s. A man named Matgo Law, of Down-Homes Kennels in Hong Kong, appealed to the American fanciers of the breed, and he is credited with saving the breed from extinction in the era of strict communism, in the 1950s. The breed got famous in the United States with many fans all over the country, thus ensuring the Shar-Pei’s survival. In 1992, the AKC (American Kennel Club) recognized the Chinese Shar-Pei.
A fun fact about the Shar-Pei, they are the only breed apart from the Chow-Chow to have black and blue tongues, these are the only two breeds with this unique distinguishing mark. Today the breed on the western hemisphere is known for their devotion to their owners, and for their cute bristly coat, loose and wrinkled skin. However, unfortunately on the other part of the planet, in China, the breed is still suffering in a few fighting rings, which proposes legal cases for the people and health problems for the dogs.
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Shar-Pei Comments, Reviews and Questions
Oct 24, 2022, 10:31:00 AM:
My female is very smart, will escape and goes to visit each neighbor for a treat and some attention but knows I'm her home! She is so adorable and a pure bread shar pei bit she only got 1 lil wrinkle near her nose, so she does not smell
Sep 12, 2020, 9:32:42 AM:
Spend time with one; a pal has a new adult male. Easy-going. BUT- the drooling! Meal times, the chops will be rank with goo- and on furniture, clothes or sprayed when shaking. THE STINK! Something in his skin STINKS! Rancid yak milk! Make the eyes water!
Aug 1, 2020, 11:37:34 AM:
Good review. The only things I disagree with is that its not a healthy breed (especially the Western ones), and they're not really good with new owners. They need very good socialisation and structure, not something you can expect from a first time owner.