Knowing we certainly couldn’t do any better, we are proud to share with you the SharPeiGuide.com‘s article on the Shar Pei, a rather unique and beautiful breed!

Shar Pei Guide“About the Shar Pei Dog

Considering getting a new dog? Don’t know what kind you should get? Do you feel overwhelmed by all of the breeds and mixed breeds that are available? Hopefully by this point you have narrowed down at least the size of dog you are looking for, as that will shorten your search considerably.

Oftentimes people don’t know what they are looking for, they just know they want to find the perfect dog. The perfect dog is out there for everyone, it just takes some searching. The following list of questions should help you determine what your desires are, and hopefully narrow your choices of breed down, making your decision considerably easier.

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Do you want a purebred dog? Do the colors sable, fawn and spotted variety appeal to you? Do you like shorthaired dogs with simple fur? Are you looking for a medium sized dog? Do you have enough energy to keep up with an energetic puppy, and will you have patience when the dog slows down with age? Does the thought of a wrinkly little face staring up at you with deep brown eyes make you want to smile?

If you answered yes to these questions, you are undoubtedly looking for a Shar Pei puppy, as they are a one-of-a-kind breed with all of these characteristics. There is no doubt that these puppies make wonderful pets, and as they age, lifelong pals. Read on to find out about their size, stature, temper and behavior to further determine if you think you could handle a Shar Pei.

Inside the Mind of a Shar Pei

Shar Peis are strong-willed, intelligent dogs that learn quickly when you are training them. They are eager to please and come quick to your commands. They have a naturally calm demeanor, though they also have the ability to get territorial and aggressive if they feel threatened.

This behavior change can come from a situation with another dog who attempts to claim dominance, a traumatic event, or a significant change in lifestyle. These dogs are known for getting along with other animals, but caution should always be exercised when placing them in a new situation. A person who owns a Shar Pei can expect a loyal companion who is by their side whenever they are needed, and a dedicated friend for life.

Chinese Royalty

Shar Peis are in the middle size class of non-sporting dogs, typically weighing between 40 and 50 pounds, and stand 18 to 20 inches tall. These estimates vary slightly between males and females, but most fall into this range. Shar Peis have a coarse fur coat that ranges in color from sable to light brown, with some having a variety of colors on their coat, depending on their bloodline. Shar Peis are one of the less common dogs seen in championships and dog shows, because of their lazy nature. They often need to be encouraged to exercise and it doesn’t seem to come naturally.

While other dogs have excess skin as puppies, the Shar Pei is the only dog with wrinkles throughout adulthood. They make great family pets and tend to get along well with other pets and children if they are socialized properly. Despite their calm demeanor and attitude, Shar Peis make excellent guard dogs, as the history and origin of the Shar Pei suggest they were used for guarding Chinese royalty.”

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