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Chinese Shar-pei


Chinese Shar-pei Facts

  • Group
  • Non Sporting
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 18" - 20"
  • Weight
  • 45-60 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Black
    • Cream
    • Fawn
    • Red
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Shar-pei, Chinese fighting dog


It is believed that the Chinese shar-pei originated in a small village called Tai Li in Guangdong Province or China.

Date Of Origin

The Chinese shar-pei originated in 200 B.C.


The Chinese shar-pei is believed to be an ancient breed that is thought to have originate in the region around the small village of Tai Li in China during the Han dynasty. Statues bearing a strong resemblance to the shar-pei have been dated to this period and a Chinese manuscript form the thirteenth century refers to a wrinkled dog with characteristics much like those of the shar-pei. The Chinese shar-pei is thought to have been developed as an all-purpose dog. The communist government of the Peoples Republic of China has on more than one occasion tried to eradicate dogs, and although these efforts have, at times, driven the breed close to extinction, breeders in Hing Kong and Taiwan kept the breed alive prior to its introduction to the western world.


The Chinese shar-pei is a medium size, compact, and square dog. Its most distinct feature is the lose skin that covers its head and body, creating hundreds of wrinkles. It has an oval shaped muzzle, sometimes called a hippopotamus muzzle, small ears, and a high set tail. The tongue and lips are a bluish-black. It comes in two coat types: A short and a longer coat, which should not exceed an inch in length. The coat can be solid color or sable.


The Chinese shar-pei is an alert, serious, and intelligent dog. It is affectionate and devoted to its family but wary with strangers. It prefers the company of humans to dogs and may be aloof.


In the past it was a ferocious combat dog. Dog fighting was very popular in China and for years the shar-pei was an applauded protagonist in these battles. Later, after careful and loving breeding, it was brought to the U.S. where it has become almost exclusively a companion dog.

Health Concerns

Amyloidosis, cancer, immune system problems, shar-pei fever

Additional Information

The wrinkles on this breed can cause issue if not properly cared for. They must be cleaned daily with a washcloth to keep bacteria from building up and infectious sores from forming.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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