Shar Pei Dogs – All You Need to Know

Shar pei dogs

Our wrinkled face friend has been around for hundreds of years. Coming from a Chinese background Shar-pei dogs are well-known because of their blue tongue and lovely wrinkles. They are a very protective, calm but not too affectionate breed. The Shar Pei dogs need kind of the same care routine as the other dogs, eyes, and ears care, regular exercise, grooming, and a good diet.

Shar peis need to be trained from puppy due to their independent thinking and strong-willed personality. They can also live in an apartment or an enclosed space and will be happy with a 40-min walk daily. Keep in mind to avoid hot days out, as this breed is short-nosed which makes them very susceptible to heatstroke. Puppy’s coat needs more attention because all of those folds of skin, use a hypoallergenic shampoo when bathing and not too often otherwise it will dry their skin, reason why they are quite prone to allergies.

Most of the diseases and health conditions are genetic, so it depends on the breed they may vary, Shar-pei case skin conditions and some eyes and ears infection are the most common reason to see the vet.

Getting involve

Shar pei dogs

Shar-pei is an active, alert and independent dog, very loyal to his family and loves to be in their companion, and next to the owner all the time, rather be rounded by people than dogs. Requires a confident owner who can take charge, however, temperament and behavior are also shaped by training and rising.

They also have an independent mind of their own and are not pushovers to raise and train, some of them are obstinate and dominant, so you better show them the right path to follow and when teaching them that you say it you mean it. There are some cases of ruling or aggressive behavior towards other dogs, generally of the same breed.

This amazing breed, in some cases, is friendly, but they may be reserved as well. Shar Pei’s offer an incredible feeling of protection, due to their protective instincts towards strange people, don’t you worry, all you need to do is to get your Shar-pei involved with friendly people, so you can help them to differentiate the normal good people behavior from the bad one.

You can enroll them in a puppy school, take them to a busy place, parks or wherever you think they will meet other dogs. Keep in mind to walk them often around your neighborhood, so they can develop that social hidden skill.

Loving care

Shar pei dogs

We know how much we all care about our dogs. There are some health concerns among canine genetic researchers and veterinaries that have a significant impact on this kind of dog, which means that your wrinkled friend will be a little bit more at risk than the other breeds.


When dogs suffer from allergies tend to scratch themselves due to the itchy skin feeling. The skin allergy is known as “Atopy” and the most commonly affected areas are the belly, feet, ears and all those folds of skin. You can get more information about allergies by clicking on this link: Shar peis allergies.

This usually happens between the ages of one and three. Some of the symptoms are dogs licking their paws, rubbing their faces and showing ears infections. Fortunately, there are plenty of treatment options available to show your best friend how much you care about him.

Eye problems

Chinese shar-pei can develop a lot of eye conditions, many of them painful and can cause blindness if it is not treated on time. There is a condition called Entropion in which the eyelid rolls inward allowing the eyelashes to rub against the cornea.

Being an extremely painful and irritating condition can occur in any dog breed, anyway, shar peis are at more risk due to heritable disorder. Happily, we can come up with a surgical correction what is in majority of the situations the most successful way to counteract this issue if performed early.

Skin disease

Seborrhea is one of the most annoying of diseases for sharpei owners because it usually makes affected dogs smelly and unattractive. This is a common disease that changes skin appearance to a dry and flaky one generating an uncomfortable and itchy sensation which can be a nest for bacteria and infections.

However, I want to tell you that we have a post where you can check the information about how to take care of their skin, as well as how to bath them.

Skin infections

This Chinese breed is quite prone to a skin infection called lip-fold pyoderma which is caused when the folds of skin along the lower jaw are often moist. As with the skin disease bacteria and yeast can readily thrive in there and cause a reddened and smells and it really can be very uncomfortable for your dog. Antibiotics treatment is needed or in a case of excess skin, folds can be surgically removed.


When feeding a Shar Pei we need to be careful with food portion what may be within 1.5 to 2.5 cups of dry food a day which is going to be detached into two meals. Not all dog breeds need the same amount of food as well as its quality according to nourishment standards makes a huge difference.

Looking good

Shar Peis are naturally clean dogs with not much odor. They need a little grooming to be kept in good condition. A quick thorough brushing once a week will be enough to remove dead hair and dirt. A bath is a great idea every 2 months or so as frequent baths tend to irritate their skin. It is very important to get the dog dry after every bath to avoid any fungal infection, we need to wipe thoroughly between the folds with a dry towel to get rid of most of the moisture.

Always remember before getting a SHAR-PEI

• You are going to deal with loud snoring and snorting sounds.

• This breed is the strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a very confident owner.

• Shar Peis are very loyal to their family

• Don’t bark much

• Medium size and short hair

• They may show aggression towards other animals.

These Chinese shar-pei dogs are very quiet and mannerly at home, clean and easy to keep in enclosed areas. A great companion, but not the best choice for a first-time owner due to their independent character and obstinate personality might be a challenge. As mentioned, they will need moderate exercise. If you getting a Shar Pei to be part of your family but you live in a rural area or on a farm, I want to let you know that these dogs have strong hunting instincts and may get loose.

Sharpei must be accustomed to all the people at an early age so they can discriminate that territorial instinct and in the case you have another dog or a fluffy cat a Shar Pei won’t be the best decision as they can be aggressive with dogs and some individuals are predatory with cats, by last the major concern when considering this breed is their health, but as I heard once:” love is four paws word” dogs can be shaped while raising them, they full of that love.


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Shar Peis can be hard to deal with if you don’t take care of them at an early age. However, by following the right routine, you will have a happy and healthy dog that will make you feel protected. As you could see, Shar Pei’s are not that much different from other breeds but make sure that you have all the necessary tools to take care of one of them.

All this information is based on my own experience with this breed. I love this kind of dogs as they are a real challenge. Therefore, if you are willing to get one of those dogs, keep in mind you will need time to help them grow healthy and strong.

I hope this post helps you understand more about Shar Peis dogs. If you are thinking of getting one of them, just make sure you are well-informed with everything that these dogs need.

If you want to add something or have any questions about the topic, you can leave a comment below this post.


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