Chinese Shar-Pei 101
The Chinese Shar-Pei is a breed well-known for its distinctive physical features. They have deep wrinkles on their faces and a blue and black tongue to go alone with it. As little puppies, Chinese Shar-Pei already has some wrinkles which grow and spread as they grow older. The wrinkles basically grow into their skin. In 1978, the Chinese Shar-Pei was named one of the world’s rarest dogs by TIME Magazine.
Chinese Shar-Pei Personality
The Chinese Shar-Pei was bred to be a fighting breed. This makes them stubborn, strong-willed and very territorial if not trained properly from an early age by a patient and experienced trainer. Early training can control such traits before they become problematic behaviors. All Shar-Pei puppies also need to be socialized with children, strangers and other animals from a very young age for the same reasons.
Chinese Shar-Pei Considerations
Due to their popularity after being introduced in North America in the 1970s, the Chinese Shar Pei dogs have suffered from inexperienced and rushed breeding that has left them with numerous health problems. They are prone to getting allergy-induced skin infection, which makes it very important to clean any accumulation of dirt and fluids in their wrinkles. They are also get Familial Shar-Pei fever where accumulation of fluid around ankles occur.