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Breed:

Chinese Shar-Pei

Group (AKC):

Non-sporting
(does this
look like a
sporting dog?)


Shar-Pei

Sharpie
Country of Originancient China
Type of coatshort, harsh, prickly, shedding, no more than one inch long
Groomingperiodic brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimming
Average height18-20 inches
Average weight40-55 pounds
Activity levelhigh
Watchdogyes, excellent! very territorial and protective
Intelligencehigh
Trainabilitycan 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.
Characterindependent, owner-oriented, affectionate
Ideal home environmentneed outside space to exercise
Ideal ownerpredictable, 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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Additional notes:

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.

This dog has no affiliation with Sharpie pens and markers.

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