The Chinese Shar-Pei originated in the southern provinces of China and was valued as a hunter, herder, guardian, and fighter. They are known for their characteristic of being short with bristly coats–a reference to the meaning of their name “sand skin.” They also have loose wrinkles that make him look like he's wearing a bulky, oversized suit.
In modern times, the Shar-Pei mostly enjoy a life of a beloved companion and are known for their devotion for their family. Shar-Pei is calm enough that he can live in an apartment. He's also an independent-thinking, sometimes aloof dog. His heritage as a guardian and fighting dog make him an excellent watchdog and guard dog.
Dog Breed Group
18 - 20 Inches
18 - 25 kg
8 - 12 years
Low-energy dogs love lounging on the couch as you binge watch your all-time favorite series. They are up for cuddles or naps on your lap. These dogs are ideal company for a quiet afternoon.
Potential for Playfulness
Amusing these dogs with sorts of games will not be a problem. They will not be tailing and begging you around to kill their boredom. They can be more aloof and independent from the pact and humans.
Dogs, and even humans, need exercise, yet these dog breeds are just fine in a less active lifestyle. They are not huge fans of adrenaline rush rather they are fond of solitude.
Gentle natured dogs are easy to handle.They are family dogs - best with kids, elderly and even other animals. Since, they are not loud and rowdy, they are a manageable company when you live in an apartment.
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USUAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
Please take note of the following health diseases Chinese Shar-Pei usually encounter
Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD)
While the Shar-Pei is a naturally clean dog with very little odor so frequent bathing isn't necessary for the Shar-Pei, but when you bathe him, dry him thoroughly. The wrinkles and skin folds are an ideal breeding ground for fungal infections. Brush your Shar-Pei's teeth at least two or three times a week to remove tartar buildup and the bacteria that lurk inside it. Daily brushing is even better if you want to prevent gum disease and bad breath. For his nails, trim once or twice a month. For his ears, carefully check weekly for redness or bad odor. Remember that their canals are small and are prone to irritation and infection. Do not use a swab to clean the ears and take care not to get water in them when bathing. Don't insert anything into the ear canal but just clean the outer ear.