The origin of the Chinese Shar-Pei can be traced back to 200 B.C. during the China’s Han Dynasty. They are originally used for hunting and fighting dog. During the Communist takeover of China, the breed along with most of the dog population was eliminated. However, breeders from all around the world kept the breed going and in the 1974, the Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America was formed.
The Chinese Shar-Peis are known for their frowning, wrinkly face giving them peculiar and arresting look. They have square, medium-sized body. Chinese Shar-Peis always stand with alert and confidence. Like Chow Chows, they have purplish tongues. The word Shar-Pei means “rough, sandy coat” and their coats indeed have a prickly coarseness sometimes like horsehair. Some Shar-Peis have softer and longer brush-coat, and the rare bear-coat which comes in wide range of colors – red, blue, black, sandy and cream.
This breed can sometimes be hard to train as they are bored with repetition. Chinese Shar-Peis were bred to fight and hunt and those instincts can sometimes resurface. It’s is advised to give these dogs proper training and socialization to soften them.
Shar-Peis need daily walks but their padded heads are sometimes sensitive to heat so make sure they get plenty of water and shade. They also have poor peripheral vision because of the skin folds around their eyes. Their coats should be brushed regularly as they are prone to build up dirt, dust, and insects.