The Chinese Shar-Pei has a personality that can best be described as independent, bold, and stubborn. These dogs have a serious temperament which many people describes as “self-possessed”. However, don’t let its rough-edged attitude fool you. The Chinese Shar-Pei is a highly devoted pet that is loyal and protective of its family. It is generally well-behaved around other pets in the house but may be overly aggressive towards strange dogs and other animals.
This breed will need daily physical exercise and plenty of mental stimulation. Activities such as fetching games and long walks are plenty to fulfill these needs. The Chinese Shar-Pei is not necessarily suited for all-around outdoor living, so it’s best to divide its time between being inside and outside.
Grooming requirements are minimal, with the occasional brushing needed approximately one time weekly. However, some extra attention will be needed for the dog’s facial wrinkles. Check the skin folds to make sure that no irritation is breaking out.
Healthy Shar-Pei dogs have an average life span of approximately 10 years. Major health concerns that may come up are CHD and entropion. Minor issues include amyloidosis, otitis externa, patellar luxation, skin fold pyodermas, allergies, and hypothyroidism. Fever breakouts are also quite common in this breed