How many odd physical characteristics can one breed have? Consider the Shar-Pei, from head to tail: the broad “hippopotamus” muzzle; the blue-black tongue; the small, sunken eyes with their scowling expression; the tiny triangular ears; the abundant folds of loose skin about the head, neck, and shoulders; the high-set, tapered tail—all blanketed by a uniquely harsh, sand papery coat.

  • Group: Non Sporting Group
  • Personality: Steadfastly devoted to loved ones, but standoffish and lordly toward strangers
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Not a busy dog; a good walk or two or day will suffice
  • Good with Children: Better with Older Children
  • Good with other Dogs: Not Recommended
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 18-20 inches
  • Weight: 45-60 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 8-12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary

Dog Size: Medium

Kid Friendly? Better with supervision

Genetic Dispositions: Medium Energy

Known Temperments: Food Motivated / Loyal