/Breed Introduction: Chinese Shar-Pei Dog

Breed Introduction Chinese Shar-Pei

The Chinese Shar-Pei is a breed of dog known for its distinctive features of deep wrinkles and a blue-black tongue. The breed originates from Canton, China. The Shar-Pei is an interesting-looking dog, and his looks alone are enough to prompt many would-be owners to choose this breed. But there’s more to the Shar-Pei than its unique appearance. Chinese Shar-Pei has a solid mass of loose wrinkles — folds of skin that make it look like it is wearing a bulky, oversized suit. Their tiny ears sit atop a large, powerful head with a short muzzle and purple tongue. The finishing touch is a thick, round tail that curls over his back.

This breed is calm enough to live in an apartment. It is also an independent-thinking, sometimes aloof dog. Its heritage as a guardian and fighting dog make him an excellent watchdog and guard dog.

Breed Origin


The Chinese Shar-Pei originated in the southern provinces of China. where he was valued as a hunter, herder, guardian, and fighter.

Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America, Inc., was formed in 1974. The first National Specialty show was held in 1978. The Shar-Pei was accepted in the American Kennel Club Miscellaneous Class in 1988, and recognized by the AKC in 1991 as a member of the Non-Sporting Group.

Breed Characteristics


Males and females stand 18 to 20 inches tall and weigh 40 to 55 pounds.

It is extremely devoted to his family, but aloof with people it does not know. He is said to enjoy the companionship of people more than dogs, and he likes to be with his owner all the time.

The Shar-Pei is a devoted family dog who is protective of his family, including children. To teach it get along with kids, it should be raised with them. If it does not live with them, it should be exposed to children as it grows up.

Though devoted to his family, the Shar-Pei can be willful and stubborn. He must learn right away who the pack leader is or he’s likely to compete for the job.

Due to his short nose, the Shar-Pei is prone to dog heatstroke. Keep him inside with fans or air conditioning during hot summer months. Like other short-nosed breeds, he tends to snore and wheeze, and makes a terrible jogger.