First and foremost, Shar-Peis are known for their unique characteristics and appearance. They are a breed of dog that is known for their wrinkles, which is why they are often referred to as “Chinese Shar-Pei.” In fact, one of the most notable Shar-Pei characteristics is the abundance of wrinkles on their face, body, and tail.
Aside from their physical appearance, Shar-Peis are also known for their temperament. They are considered to be a very loyal and protective breed of dog, and as such, they make excellent guard dogs.
Additionally, Shar-Peis are considered to be one of the healthiest dog breeds available, and they typically have a lifespan of 10-12 years. Finally, Shar-Pei requires relatively little grooming and they are considered to be a very clean dog breed, meaning that there is less “dog smell.” Shar-Peis have a rather unique appearance and temperament.
Shar-Peis typically have almond-shaped eyes that are dark brown in color, though sometimes they may be seen with hazel or greenish eyes as well. Shar-Peis have broad heads with relatively short muzzles, small ears that are set low on their head, black lips that usually cover their teeth, and a long tail.
Shar-Peis also have a short double coat of fur which is typically white or red with darker patches of color on their face and body. Their fur tends to be straight and coarse, but it is surprisingly soft to the touch. Shar-Peis are medium to large-sized dogs, with males typically being larger than females, though there is no significant difference in terms of weight.
Shar-Pei puppies tend to have straight hair which becomes curly as they age, but their distinctive features only come out fully when they are between one and four years old.
Shar-Peis are known for their rather protective temperament, making them excellent guard dogs. Shar-Peis are also naturally territorial dogs that are quick temperaments who, as babies often return to their mother for food even after she has moved away from them or another puppy has begun feeding first.
Shar-Peis were bred specifically to be able to fight predators like tigers and leopards, so they can often seem intimidating to strangers or other people that Shar-Pei may not know. Shar-Peis are also known for their loyalty.
Shar-Peis are very dedicated to their family and owners, which makes them excellent companions. They will act as the perfect guards of their owners’ homes and families though they may be suspicious of strangers.
Shar-Peis tend to be rather peaceful towards guests unless threatened. Shar-Pei puppies tend to become attached to one person in particular (often the first person who gives them food), but once Shar-Pei decides that they like someone, they will likely consider them part of their pack and will protect them with everything they have.
However, Shar-Peis do have a tendency to think that they are the pack leaders, so Shar-Pei owners should be careful to establish themselves as the alpha role in their Shar-Pei’s life.
Shar-Peis have a tendency to become aggressive towards other dogs and animals if they do not get along with their Shar-Pei, but if they are raised alongside other family pets from a very young age, Shar-Pei will generally get along with them.
Shar-Peis are naturally aggressive towards other dogs that they do not know or that their Shar-Pei does not like, but Shar-Pei owners can train their Shar-Peis to be socialized and even become therapy dogs in homes for the elderly.
Shar-Peis are considered to be one of the healthiest dog breeds available and they typically have a lifespan of 10-12 years. Shar-Pei owners should be aware that Shar-Peis are prone to a few health conditions, including:
Elongated Soft Palate
Entropion Shar-Peis are also known for having rather small bladders, making them one of the more difficult dog breeds to house train.
Shar-Peis are very intelligent dogs, which makes them relatively easy to train, though Shar-Peis tend to be stubborn at times. Shar-Pei owners should begin training their Shar-Pei at a young age and should be consistent in their commands.
Shar-Pei owners should also make sure to socialize their Shar-Peis, as they can often become aggressive towards other animals and people if they are not properly introduced to them. Shar-Peis can also be trained to become therapy dogs in homes for the elderly and can provide much-needed love and companionship to those who need it most.
In conclusion, Shar-Peis are excellent guard dogs with a very protective temperament. They are naturally territorial and loyal to their family and owner, making them the perfect companion dog. Shar-Peis are prone to a few health conditions, but they are considered to be one of the healthiest dog breeds available.