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Shar Pei

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Adult Shar Pei
Adult Shar Pei

Shar Pei Puppies
Shar Pei Puppies

UK KC Classification Utility
Country of Origin China
Date of Origin 1500s
Height 46 - 51 cm (18 - 20 inches)
Weight 16 - 20 Kgs (35 - 45 lbs)
Life Expectancy 11 - 12 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Shar Pei are strong, compact and active dogs. Their coat is short and bristly in texture and they can be any solid colour. They have loose skin around their head and neck and they have a distinctive blue/black tongue.


Shar Pei are calm, independent and affectionate dogs.


If you are considering a Shar Pei as a pet, consider the following points:
They are suitable for urban living
They require a lot of grooming
They thrive in cold climates
They are content to live and sleep outdoors
They are not easy to obedience train
They may be troublesome with other dogs

Interesting Facts

Shar Pei are also known as:
Chinese Fighting Dog
Chinese Shar Pei

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