Chinese Shar Pei
The Chinese Shar Pei is one of the more popular dogs in China. You will find that the origins are a little unclear as some believe this dog is related to the Chow Chow. You will find that they have been around since the Han Dynasty and where used as working dogs. They were used for hunting, guarding, and protecting the stock. You will also find that they were once used as fighting dogs. The Chinese Shar-Pei dogs is an interesting looking ancient breed of dog that goes back 2,000 years. Like the bull dog with deep wrinkles and distinctive features this dog, with a blue-black tongue and wrinkly skin, is very stocky in its frame. They also tend to have a lot of wrinkles around the face and neck area. They have a huge head with a short stocky muzzle. The ears are usually floppy and pointed at the ends. You will also find they have rather large paws. Most often you will find extremely short coarse hair in the color of tan or sable. They can be any solid color, but will never be multi colored. The tail is usually curled. The breed standard size for a Shar-Pei puppy is 18 to 20 inches, and 40 to 55 pounds.
The Chinese Shar Pei is a fiercely loyal dog. They are going to be passionate with their master and their family, but aloof with strangers. You will find they are not always obedient, which makes training super important in both obedience and socialization. You will find that a Chinese Shar Pei puppy can deal with children and other pets, but new pets and children shouldn’t be introduced to an adult Shar Pei’s home. They tend to be very territorial and will not accept the new addition. You will find the Shar Pei are full of life sort of breed that displays a lot of bravery. For this purpose they have been used as working dogs for guarding and other activities. They are commanding and self-confident so training can be difficult. For training you will want to offer a firm, yet gentle hand. Always be consistent during training and offer plenty of different activities. You will also find that these Chinese Shar Pei dogs hate the water.
The Chinese Shar Pei dog breed needs a lot of good care and exercise. It is important to know the type of activities and care they need as they can have a few health care issues. They suffer from swollen hocks syndrome, kidney disease, wrinkled skin problems, and a few other issues. It is important to provide a very healthy diet for these animals as they are prone to health problems. You will find this dog can live in an apartment, but it is crucial that they get the exercise they need. Chinese Shar Pei dogs do better in small homes with yards. You will also find they are sensitive to heat, so if you live in a hot area you may want to keep them indoors most of the time and provide more frequent walks in the summer rather than long walks. They need a daily walk as well as exercise such as playing with toys.
You will find for grooming needs the Chinese Shar Pei is easy. You need to brush them on a weekly basis to remove dead or loose hair, but they generally don’t need to have baths. As they hate the water I would try to avoid any bathing, especially due to their skin issues. You will find that they don’t need to have their hair trimmed, but you should clean around their wrinkles often to make sure no dirt gets trapped there.