The Chinese Shar-pei is an ancient and rather unusual breed of dog with a distinctive appearance.. With its characteristic facial wrinkling and folds of loose skin, it gives the appearance of being a very old dog. This is not surprising since this breed dates back as far as 202 B.C. This unusual dog breed was originally bred in China to be a fighting and protection dog. The Shar-pei dog first appeared in the United States in the 1960’s and has served as a popular pet since that time. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of owning a Chinese Shar-pei dog:
Advantages of Owning a Shar-Pei
Shar-peis have a distinctive appearance.
Once you’ve seen a Chinese Shar-pei, you’ll never forget his unusual appearance. The Shar-pei’s body is covered with loose wrinkly skin folds and they have a rather distinctive coat with a prickly feel to it. The loose skin folds are most pronounced when the Shar-pei is a puppy although they retain some of the skin folding as they grow into adulthood. If you want a dog that attracts attention, they Shar-pei is a good choice. People can’t help but stare when they see such an unusual dog walking down the street.
Shar-peis are quiet dogs.
The Shar-pei dog breed on the whole is a rather quiet one. They are not known to be excessive barkers even though they are quite protective and will bark at strangers. They don’t rank high on the nuisance barking scale.
Shar-peis are easy to housebreak.
Chinese Shar-peis are clean dogs by nature and have the reputation of being very easy to housebreak. They tend to be intelligent and eager to please their owners, which makes housebreaking an easy task.
Shar-peis are intensely loyal and protective.
Shar-peis tend to be extremely devoted and affectionate towards their family. This also makes the excellent guard dogs.