Chinese Shar Pei Temperament

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Chinese Shar Pei Temperament

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Chinese Shar-Pei

Chinese Shar Pei Overview

The Chinese Shar-Pei temperament is known for being affectionate, reserved, devoted, independent, suspicious and loving.

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The large head of a Chinese Shar-Pei combined with their extremely wrinkly face makes them look more like a hippopotamus than a dog. With these adorable features, it might not be surprising to know that the Chinese Shar-Pei temperament makes it a great family dog. They extremely love towards their family members. They are independent and willful dogs that love being with masters who will be confident and consistent leaders in their lives. They also like cleanliness around them. They are very imposing looking because of their scowl and their boxy looking large bodies. Of course, their alertness is comparable to that of tiger.

Are Chinese Shar Peis Good Apartment Dogs?

The independent nature that is part of the Chinese Shar-Pei temperament makes them great companions for single people, the elderly and even for working families that have older children. They do not need a lot of exercise and can actually keep themselves entertained for hours with their interactive chew toys. They are also happy when left home alone to sun bathe and sleep for hours. They do not have to exercise very often, which makes them a great choice for busy families, or single people who have to put in long hours at work!

Although they are a large dog breed, the Chinese Shar-Pei temperament is such that they do not need to have a lot of vigorous exercise to maintain their good health. They need to be taken out for a couple of walks a day but that really does it for them. This means that Chinese Shar-Peis do well living in apartments and condominiums in the middle of the city and do not need to be living on a big farm. It is actually recommended that these dogs not be raised on a farm because they have a natural instinct to hunt. This means that a part of the Chinese Shar-Pei temperament is the want to take off into the wild and run after deer or other wild animals. This can be quite dangerous for them. All that being said, it is important for prospective owners to consider that the Chinese Shar-Pei might not be suitable for small apartments just because they are so large in size! You would not want to bump into them or be up in their space while they are trying to move around.

Chinese Shar Pei puppy

Are Chinese Shar Peis Easy to Train?

The Chinese Shar-Pei temperament is such that it is crucial that their trainers be extremely patient with them. They are quite independent and like doing whatever it is that they feel like doing, which makes it challenging for them to be trained. They are very intelligent dogs but they are stubborn at the same time. If they do not have a consistent trainer, they will naturally assume charge of the situation and become dominant. It is important to provide them with a lot of positive reinforcement and treats to get their response and to get them to follow your lead. Consistency is the key because if you give them an inch, they will take a mile and they will for sure push your limits to see what they can get away with. This is why the Chinese Shar-Pei temperament is not for first time dog owners who do not have an experienced trainer with them.

All this being said, it is quite interesting that the Chinese Shar-Pei are known to house train themselves. They are naturally very clean dogs and will not conduct their business in areas that they consider to be home.

Chinese Shar Peis kissing

Are Chinese Shar Peis Good Family Dogs

The Chinese Shar-Pei is naturally a guard dog and can get very aggressive at times. This aggression can be geared towards other people and animals. It is crucial to socialize the Chinese Shar-Pei temperament from an early age to aid their healthy development. This will enable them to learn to trust others. They need to learn the difference between welcome and unwelcome visitors so that they do not try to guard you against your friends and family. Sometimes, the Chinese Shar-Pei aggression can be fatal so it is suggested that they be neutered at a young age. It might not be the best idea to have a Chinese Shar-Pei at a home with little babies because they like to play rough and are sometimes unaware of their size. They might also defend their boundaries by snapping or biting at a child.

The Chinese Shar-Pei is known for being a noisy giant, with snorts, snores, grunts and gurgles coming out of them at all times! All this however are tendencies that the Chinese Shar-Pei owners find adorable and love to deal with!

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