Chinese Shar Pei

Non-sporting Breed

Jesse and Durst from Carlou Kennels

The Shar-Pei, or Chinese Shar-Pei, should always be bought through a reputable breeder as they were overbred in the ’90’s and skin conditions developed in the loosely bred lines.  Rescued Shar-Pei’s may have some of these unwanted health problems, but that should not discourage you from taking a rescued dog, just make sure that is neutered.  It is a strong dog with a strong will and needs an owner with strong training and handling techniques.  If left to decide on its own, the Shar Pei will make itself the family’s boss.  They are playful and make great family pets, especially if they were socialized with the family as a puppy.  The Shar Pei is a clean dog that hates water, so bathing sessions can get interesting.  They need lots of exercise, and are good for apartments if they have a daily exercise routine.  They do not enjoy the heat, so exercise accordingly.  Brush several times a week.

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Notes for owners
Loose and wrinkled Moderate Devoted family member, but may not be good with children — too self-centered.

Relevant Web Sites

AKC Breed Profile

Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America

North American Shar-Pei Rescue – Shar-Pei Adoption & Fostering

Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Canada

Shar-Pei Dominion



We STRONGLY recommend that you get your dog from a respectable breeder or rescue organization.  Pet store puppies may get their dogs from Puppy Mills that normally breed only for profit, not quality or concern for the puppy or its eventual owner.
If you would like help locating a breeder or rescue agency near you please E-Mail PGAA (, and let us know your city/state and the type of dog you are looking for.  Do not assume that PGAA has qualified all of the breeders or rescues on this site.  Do your own check of each breeder or rescue — be sure that you are comfortable with the organization before you buy, adopt or turn-over a dog.