Chinese Shar-Pei

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 6in - 1ft 8in
Weight: 45-60lbs
Lifespan: 8 - 10 Years


  • Affection2/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly2/5
  • Dog-Friendly1/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount5/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone4/5
  • Exercise Need3/5


  • Cold Tolerance2/5
  • Heat Tolerance1/5
  • Apartment-Friendly4/5

Chinese Shar-Pei Information

Chinese Shar-PeiTalk about a unique looking dog. The Chinese Shar-Pei has many distinguishing features. Wrinkly, loose skin all over his body. Small eyes sunken in his head. Tiny triangular ears. A blue tongue. A scowling expression. A high, curled-up tail. It doesn’t get much more unique than this.

The Shar-Pei dates back to at least 200 B.C. during the Han Dynasty in China. Today, the breed is a calm, loyal dog who is devoted to his loved ones but standoff-ish to strangers. Quick and eager to learn, the Shar-Pei does well with training, which is very important for an independent breed like this.

All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Chinese Shar-Peis be apartment dogs?

The Chinese Shar-Peis does fine in apartments. They don't need lots of spaces so they should adapt well to apartment-living.

Can Chinese Shar-Peis be left alone?

Chinese Shar-Peis do well when left alone for longer periods of time. They don't tend to have seperation anxiety issues. Just be sure to avoid being neglectful.

Are Chinese Shar-Peis good with kids?

Chinese Shar-Peis can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Chinese Shar-Peis friendly with strangers?

Chinese Shar-Peis tend to be uncomfortable with strangers. They will require extra training effort to socialize them with those outside their family.

Do Chinese Shar-Peis get along with other dogs?

Expect Chinese Shar-Peis to not get along well with other dogs. Socializing this breed to other dogs may be a difficult process.

Do Chinese Shar-Peis bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Chinese Shar-Peis bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Chinese Shar-Peis shed a lot?

Expect a lot of sheeding from Chinese Shar-Peis. You'll need to brush their coat often or have the vacuum ready.

Do Chinese Shar-Peis need a lot of grooming?

Chinese Shar-Peis don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Chinese Shar-Peis need a lot of exercise?

A Chinese Shar-Pei will need a moderate amount of exercise to be happy. You'll need to plan some basic walks or fetch during the day.

Are Chinese Shar-Peis easy to train?

Most Chinese Shar-Peis are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Chinese Shar-Peis handle cold weather?

Chinese Shar-Peis don't like the cold and will likely want some protection if outside for long.

Can Chinese Shar-Peis handle hot weather?

It's best not to have a Chinese Shar-Pei in hot temperatures for long as it can be dangerous to their health.

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