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|Country of Origin||ancient China|
|Type of coat||short, harsh, prickly, shedding, no more than one inch long|
|Grooming||periodic brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimming|
|Average height||18-20 inches|
|Average weight||40-55 pounds|
|Watchdog||yes, excellent! very territorial and protective|
|Trainability||can be stubborn (or "independent", depending on your view); training sessions should be brief & without force; respond to praise & food (don't we all!)|
|Good with children?||generally if socialized (especially if bred by knowledgeable breeder); important to teach kids how to approach dog (they're easily startled due to poor peripheral vision); aggressive tendencies have been greatly diminished by breeders over the last couple of decades.|
|Character||independent, owner-oriented, affectionate|
|Ideal home environment||need outside space to exercise|
|Ideal owner||predictable, strong, commanding leader with time to train, socialize (with the dog), and exercise|
|Suggestions:||early socialization and obedience training is mandatory, research breeders carefully.|
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These dogs can have a reputation as moody and aggressive. This was much more accurate when the breed was first brought to America. Knowledgeable & conscientious breeders have greatly reduced these traits over time and Shar Peis are much better suited for pet-dom these days.
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