The Shar-Pei is a short-coated medium-sized dog breed, famous due to its very wrinkly skin. The breed is similar to several breeds of dogs from the mastiff family; but, it’s most closely relevant to spitz dog breeds, with the Chow-Chow being its relative.


The Chinese Shar-Pei originated from the southern areas of China, where it was appraised being a herder, guardian, fighter, and hunter. Several researchers think that the Shar-Pei is an old breed, although there isn’t any conclusive evidence to demonstrate this. Sculptures that seem to be like the Shar-Pei have been dated to the Han Dynasty (200 BC), although these sculptures also look like the Pug and Chow. Following the advancement of the People’s Republic of China, the dog group in the UK had been almost eliminated. Several Shar-Peis, however, had been bred in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Physical Appearance

A Shar-Pei has characteristic wrinkles with a bristly coat. It stands straight-up, just like a nineteen-fifties butch hairstyle, and can vary in length. You might find them in several colors, such as solid-black, fawn, cream, reddish, blue, and sable. They have a height of about 8-20 inches with 45-60 pounds weight.

Average Life Expectancy of the Chines Shar-pie

Chinese Shar-pie can live up to 8 to12 years.


The Shar-Pei is an independent and alert dog. They are very dedicated to their family; however, frank with individuals they don’t know. They are believed to enjoy the friendship of individuals over dogs. They love to be around their owner every time.

Susceptible to Diseases

Like some other dog breeds, Shar-Peis are also vulnerable to several health problems:

  • Shar-Pei Fever
  • Thyroid problems
  • Cancer tumor
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Demodectic-Mange
  • Seborrhea
  • Pyoderma
  • Patellar-Luxation
  • Hip-Dysplasia
  • Stomach Torsion
  • Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD)
  • Entropion

Care and Grooming

The Chinese Shar-Pei needs little grooming. They require a shower monthly. Nails must be cut weekly, preferably by using a grinder. The ears must be cleaned every week; try not to overdo. Don’t use cotton swabs, and don’t use peroxide. The simplest way to thoroughly clean the ears is to “float’ dirt from the canal with an ear cleaning solution. Lots of great solutions are available, or you can simply visit the vet.