The Shar Pei is known for its characteristic short and bristly coat as well as its wrinkly skin and dark tongue. Their name actually means “sand skin” because it is actually quite harsh to the touch. It’s true that they are unique looking dogs and their bodies are very sturdy. Shar Peis have a calm temperament and are docile enough to live in an apartment – they don’t tend to bark much, and are well-mannered. Their independent nature is admirable yet they will make excellent guard dogs, so much so that you may need to teach them not to overreact to people and animals that they don’t know. These dogs will not respect an owner who doesn’t establish leadership firmly and kindly, but do so and they will become the loyal and affectionate companion you desire.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Grooming is extremely easy with a Shar Pei. They are naturally clean dogs and so frequent bathing isn't necessary. Be cautious of their wrinkles which can cause skin problems at times. Shar Peis only need a moderate amount of exercise including a brisk walk every day, which is why they do well in city or suburban settings. Their short noses makes them sensitive to heat and they will not make the best jogging companions.
Common Health Issues
Shar-Pei Fever, Hypothyroidism, Cancer, Elbow Dysplasia, Demodectic Mange, Seborrhea, Pyoderma, Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Gastric Torsion, Osteochondrosis Dissecans, Cutaneous Mucinosis, Glaucoma, Entropion.