This breed is very stoic, and can take awhile to warm up to strangers. This comes from their guard dog instincts. They are great family pets as they are good with young children. They are great guard dogs, quiet and quick to act when needed. They are one of the oldest breed of dogs in the world.PURPOSE OF BREED:This breed is a versatile dog used for hunting, guarding, herding and often used as temple guards in its native country of China. Unfortunately it was almost driven to extinction in mainland China, but has been repopulated in the Western Hemisphere in the last quarter of the 20th century.AVERAGE LITTER SIZE: 5 puppies
Known as a ?Wrinkle Dog? the coat of a Shar-Pei is short and coarse with very loose wrinkles of skin throughout the body, especially the head. There are 3 types of coats in the Shar-Pei: the HORSE-COAT, has very short coarse hair, the BRUSH-COAT has longer hair, up to 1? long and finally the BEAR-COAT with much longer hair and resembles the Chow Chow. The Bear-coated Shar-Pei is a major fault. Shar-Pei can be red, fawn, black, cream, blue or chocolate in color. Any dog that is not a solid color is a disqualification.
A Shar-Pei can be a little stand-offish when first meeting them, but they quickly become loyal family pets. It is good to know that, since a Shar-Pei has guard dog instincts, it is best to approach them from the front when first meeting one, so they can see you coming. They are extremely loyal to their families, and because of this, it takes them a few days to warm up to a new family. They are very intelligent dogs, and need training and socialization early on. They are very easy to housebreak, but most grown dogs will not be lap dogs. They are quite content to just lay at your feet.Special Care:Shar-Pei have small tight ears that fold over. As with any breed that has ears like this, you must clean the ears weekly. It is also important to trim their nails weekly as well.
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