Family: Livestock Dog, Mountain Dog, Northern (companion)
Area of origin: China
Original function: dog fighting, herding, hunting, guardian
Average size of male: Ht: 18-20, Wt: 45-60
Average size of female: Ht: 18-20, Wt: 45-60
Other names: Chinese fighting dog
Chinese Shar-Pei Dog Temperament
The Shar-Pei is self-assured, serious, independent, stubborn and very much self-possessed. Although not particularly demonstrative, he is devoted and very protective of his family. He can be reserved, even suspicious, toward strangers. The Shar-Pei may chase livestock and other animals, although he is generally good with other family pets. The Shar-Pei needs daily mental and physical stimulation, but his needs can be met with lively games throughout the day or a good long walk. He is not generally amenable to exclusive outdoor living, but can divide his time between house and yard. The coat needs only weekly brushing, but wrinkles need regular attention to ensure that no irritations develop within the skin folds.