AKC PuppyFinder: Chinese Shar-Pei Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Steadfastly devoted to loved ones, but standoffish and lordly toward strangers
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Not a busy dog; a good walk or two or day will suffice
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: Not Recommended
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 18-20 inches
  • Weight: 45-60 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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There is no mistaking the Chinese Shar-Pei for any other breed. With his wrinkled face, deep folds of skin, tiny ears, blue-black tongue and sandpaper-like coat, this ancient breed is certainly distinctive. These are intelligent and independent dogs, with strong protective instincts. Your Chinese Shar-Pei puppy, as cute as he is, needs early socialization and training. He'll quickly grow into a fiercely loyal adult dog, wary of other dogs and strangers and quick to react to any perceived threat. He'll do best with owners who are up to the challenge of training and caring for such a bright, strong-willed, substantial dog.

History & Job
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Origin: China

Year Recognized: 1992

Breed History & Job Description: For much of its long history China, vast and impregnable, was a closed society immune to outside influences. As such, China developed a culture unique to itself. This singularity is clearly seen in Chinese dog breeds. From the clownish Pug to the dignified Chow Chow, China’s dogs are breeds apart, with their own look and feel. Among this ancient canine clan, perhaps none is as uniquely Chinese as the Shar-Pei. The breed goes back 2,000 years and was used in various eras as fighters, guarders, hunters, and herders.

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Choose a veterinarian who is knowledgeable about Shar-Pei. Ask your breeder about local vets or contact members of your local Shar-Pei club. Don't forget routine vaccinations, rabies shots and regular checkups. Shar-Pei thrive on high quality dog kibble. Some Shar-Pei have various food and other allergies.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Elbow Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.cspca.com/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Non-Sporting
  • 2016 Popularity: 61
  • Breed Referral Contact: Georgette Schaefer - 805-929-2206
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Click here to see all Chinese Shar-Pei Rescue Groups.

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