Shar Pei

 

Origin:

 

The Shar Pei’s ancestry is uncertain. It may be a descendant of the Chow Chow, however, the only clear link between these two breeds are the purple tongue. However, pictures on pottery suggest the breed was present even in the Han Dynasty. For many years, the Shar Pei was kept as a general-purpose farm dog in the Chinese countryside, used for hunting, protecting stock, and guarding the home and family.

History

Both heavily wrinkled dogs with large heads and smaller headed dogs with tighter looking skins occur in the Shar Pei breed. There are three coat varieties: horse-coat and brush-coat and a rare bear-coat, which is not recognized by the AKC.

Color

Coat colors include all solid colors and sables.

  • Lifespan:

    8-12 years
  • Shedding:

    seasonal
  • Coat Length:

    short
  • Grooming:

    low
  • Size:

    l
  • Color:

Behavior

  • Temperament

    Playful, active, dominant, and brave, Shar Pei puppies bond with their family, but are not unfriendly toward strangers.

  • Barking

    Barks if Necessary

  • Adaptability

    • Adaptability to apartment living

      1 2 3 4 5
    • Good for novice owners

      1 2 3 4 5
    • Tolerates being alone

      1 2 3 4 5
    • Tolerates cold weather

      1 2 3 4 5
    • Tolerates hot weather

      1 2 3 4 5
    • Family Friendly

      1 2 3 4 5
  • Exercise needs

    • Energy level

      1 2 3 4 5
    • Exercise needs

      1 2 3 4 5
    • Playfulness

      1 2 3 4 5
  • Trainability

    moderate

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