Group: Non Sporting
Colour: Any solid colours
Lifespan: 11 to 12 years
Shar Pei is affectionate, wilful and aloof.
Covered in distinctive folds of loose skin, many individuals of this breed pay the price for the fashionable excess of skin with painful eye problems and skin conditions. Good-natured and wilful, Shar Peis are independent and aloof and require early socialization to be tolerant of other dogs.
Originally bred: for dog-fighting and hunting.
The Shar Pei is courageous and tenacious.
Owners: affectionate, aloof
Children: good if raised with them
Other pets: may be problematic with small pets
Strangers: friendly if well socialized
Unfamiliar dogs: can be problematic
Strong-willed, confident, affectionate owner who has plenty of time to care for and socialize this dog.
Take care to find a healthy line whose dogs have not had to have their eyelids surgically altered.
The excessive wrinkles can cause painful eye conditions. Daily cleaning of the deep skin is essential to keep the coat in good condition.
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