Shar Pei

Other names : Chinese fighting dog, Sharpei

Photo: adult dog of Shar Pei breed
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Life expectancy

The Shar Pei has a life expectancy of between 10 and 13 years




Adult size

Female Between 17 and 20 in
Male Between 17 and 20 in

Adult weight

Female Between 40 and 55 lb
Male Between 40 and 55 lb
Coat colour
Black Brown Sand
Type of coat
Short Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Shar Pei costs between £600 and £770

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More details about the Shar Pei

Shar Pei: Origins and history

He is a very old breed, but there is no precise information about his origins since they reach back to the Han dynasty - i.e. from 206 years BC to 220 AD. The Shar Pei was particularly widespread in the provinces around the China Sea where it was used as a fighting dog but also as a hunting and guard dog. Today it is a very fashionable dog, highly in demand as a pet and widespread in the United States and Britain: the latter has been awarded "co-ownership" of the paternity of the race.

Training a Shar Pei

This wrinkled dog has the bad reputation of being stubborn, however, he is not. Of course, his upbringing demands consistency and firmness, but it won’t be hindered by a stubborn temperament.

It is true that the Shar Pei has a strong personality, in the sense that if he is rushed or does not understand what is asked of him, he will quit easily. He can be difficult to motivate sometimes. But if he understands what is expected of him and the exercises are repeated regularly, with patience and consistency, he will study with enthusiasm.

Education must be initiated from at the age of 2 months and it should be mixed with high quality socialization.

Positive methods of education are preferred because this combative dog does not appreciate injustice. Although sometimes difficult to motivate, brutal methods will only stunt his progress.

Shar Pei: Purchase price

The price of a Sharpei varies depending on his origins, age and gender. An average of £770 is asked for a dog registered with Kennel Club.

An average of £40 /month will be required to meet the physiological needs of this Chinese fighting dog.

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