The Shar-Pei is a serious and self-sufficient dog, extremely stubborn, independent, tenaciously unwilling, tough and self-centered breed of dog. Although firm, devoted, loyal and protective but less demonstrative, this dog is reserved with strangers and has aggressive tendencies towards strange dogs. This breed is challenging while domestication and can only afford other pets if grown from its puppyhood together. They tend to chase animal even pets and require handsome amount of exercises for physical satisfaction. Coat care is minimal but wrinkles on face need attention. The breed is trained for conformation, tacking, agility and obedience now a day.
With a distinguished ‘hippopotamus’ head, skin folds and wrinkles on face, the Shar-Pei is medium sized but massive, boney and flesh substantial breed. The dog is square-proportioned but with bigger head as compared to rest of the body. Its gait is easy and free with good reach and drive but the weight is on fore-legs mostly. The harsh and off-standing, its sandy coat is thick, the best protection against harsh climate and dog bites in fights. The breed is available in many solid colors. The expression is beetle-browed and deter able while uniqueness of skin folds on face.
The Shar-Pei is a versatile farm dog originated in China; the appearance suggests a guard dog but actually more suited as working dog. The breed had been used as vermin killer, herding, tracking and farm guardian in native areas. The massive winkled head is believed to scare or repel evil spirits according to some Chinese believes. The Chinese considered the dog as a sacred breed with heavenly connections. The date of origin backs as old as 206 B.C, the graved art of ancient times has some evidences of existence of a dog resembling with Shar-Pie dogs, however the history of development and ancestry is not available. Shar-Pei is a Chinese word meaning a ‘sandy coat’. The breed reduced in number during Communist Revolution but a businessman of Hong Kong named Matgo Law struggled to survive the dog in 1973, in a result the number of dogs increased. The breed has increasing popularity rate in USA especially after its official recognition by American Kennel Club in 1992.
The Chinese dog Shar-Pei is scowling but affectionate, gentle and soft temperament with children is well appreciated but young kids may tease the dog with their rowdy and rough play. The breed is aggressive to dogs and cats; it is immense requirement to socialize the Shar-Pei from its early puppyhood for supportive and cooperative attitudes. Non-canine pets should be avoided as the dog is sharp hunter of such animals.
Stubborn and self-sufficiency are the causes of being tough in training; the dog tends to ignore the commands of its master when anything goes against its decision. The dog is also not attracted by rewarded deals of meal. Consistency is the best policy which off-course requires great deal of patience and commitment. First time dog owner would not be able to overcome the issues and may spoil the dog’s temperaments. Human should always dominate the dog to realize that human is the pack leader and must be obeyed.
Highly energetic and lively, Shar-Pei requires to be satisfied by its physical exertion to stay calm, unsatisfied dog would engage in some destructive activities, burning of energy is also necessary to overcome its tendency to get fat and clumsy. Accompany them on long walks or plan interactive games in yard and participate with dog. The dog would give you healthy competitions in running and jogging besides energetic plays.
The dog is very clean and tidy except the folded skin wrinkles on face which are to be checked regularly for hygienic cleanliness. Some of the Shar-Pei dogs slobber especially when injured or feeling pain. Occasional brushing usually once a week is good enough for its grooming. Against its sudden popularity the demand was increased and the dog was bred at huge scale carelessly. This factor is to be considered while adapting its puppies with acceptable temperaments. Generally true of all dogs, the most behavioural issues rise due to deficiencies in training, ideally handler is responsible to develop qualities of requirements. The factor must be kept in mind while adapting and training puppies.
Owner Should Know
The Chinese Shar-Pei was a fighting dog at its early age, the dog is adapted as companion these days but still holds its fighting traits. Keep them satisfied with their physical exercise requirements and socialize well in its early stage to build calm state of mind.
The dog affords cold season quite well but hot summer is tough for him. Shar-Pei is prone to heatstroke and to be placed in well ventilated, open spaces but under shad. Do not expose to direct sunlight in summer.
The dog slobbers while in pain, the wrinkles on face should be regularly cleaned and checked for any possible infection; rest of the body is quite clean. Occasional brushing is enough for its grooming.
The breed needs committed training. Familiarize them with other pets and demonstrate authority as a leader of the pack.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get puppies of right-temperament, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.