The Chinese Shar-Pei was first known as a "fighting dog." That is why they have the extra skin and wrinkles around their necks.
Published: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 12:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 1:16 p.m.
WEIGHT: 45-60 pounds, unless they are cheese lovers like our guy (most of them are!). Then they are 70-75 pounds.
LIFESPAN: 8-12 years
GOOD WITH CHILDREN: Yes! One of the best qualities of the breed is they are VERY protective of their families. Our 2-year-old chases our two Shar-Peis, lies on them and gets in their faces and all they do is kiss her!
QUIRKS: The Chinese Shar-Pei was first known as a "fighting dog." That is why they have the extra skin and wrinkles around their necks. Most people love all of the wrinkles and think that is what makes the breed so cute. In reality, it protects them in fights. These days, when they play with each other, the neck is the first thing they grab on to but, don't worry, no one is getting hurt! The neck is the first thing I grab onto as well ... to give them big ol' kisses on their blocky muzzles!
ODD: Most Chinese Shar-Peis normally have tails that curl up onto their back like a pig. When sleeping, they are also known to snort or snore, making it seem like you have a pet piggy instead of a doggy.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE A SHAR-PEI: They are extremely loyal and protective of their families. They do not require a ton of exercise however, they love to go on walks or trips to the park. Shar-Peis are easily trainable and very much people-pleasers. They travel well on long-distance trips and do well on and off of a leash. They are low-maintenance and the best breed of dog I have ever owned.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU BUY/ADOPT: Shar-Peis have very narrow ear canals and are prone to ear infections. You have to make sure you clean their ears on a regular basis ? and they do not like it. Shar-Peis do shed. They "blow their coat" twice a year in anticipation for the new season. Their nails are naturally long and thick so at trimming time, they can be a bit squirmy.