The Shar-Pei is of Chinese origin and has a large built with wrinkled skin. They can grow up to an average height of 18 – 20 inches (Males & Females) and their average weight ranges from 40 – 55 pounds (Males & Females).
The puppies coat tends to be heavily wrinkled but most of these will smooth out as it grows up. The coat itself can come in three types, known as the brush coat, horse coat and the bear coat. The brush coat is smooth to touch and longer than the others while the horse coat is the opposite with its short and rough feel. The bear coat is quite rare and is double coated. All three types of coats can come in any solid color.
The Shar-Pei has proved to be a very intelligent, independent and loyal companion. While being a naturally clean, this puppy will be easy to housebreak. Even though the Shar-Pei has a very calm and gentle nature, it will only socialize well with children and non-canine pets, if it is trained to do so while young. This breed also needs daily exercise and when trained will make a good watch dog. This puppy will do well with room to run around.
Due to its wrinkles, this breed tends to be sensitive to the heat and water and shade must be provided at all times.