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Are Shar-Peis Hard to Own and Take Care Of?

By Mawoo Pets · 10 Feb · 5 mins read
Are Shar-Peis Hard to Own and Take Care Of?

Shar-Peis are an eye-catching breed with their distinguished wrinkled fur and unique blue-black tongues. But, before letting one of these remarkable dogs into your world, it's crucial to thoroughly understand what it takes to own and look after a Shar-Pei.

Will this journey be a tricky one? It could be! This breed has a unique blend of needs and care requirements that a new owner should know about. Let's dig in so that you can be best prepared for your Shar-Pei puppy

Understanding the Shar-Pei Temperament

Shar-Peis were originally bred in China for herding and hunting. Some of the distinguishing characteristics of this breeds are its loyalty and intelligence, but also its aloofness towards strangers. Shar-Peis - whether standard or miniature Shar-Pei - are not typically outgoing or overly friendly, but are deeply devoted to their families. Understanding this temperament is key to successful Shar-Pei ownership.

Since Shar-Peis are not naturally social and can be wary of strangers and other dogs, they can exhibit aggressive behaviors if not properly managed. And so early socialization and training are crucial for this breed. Moreover, Shar-Peis can be quite independent and may not always adhere to commands. This independence can be an obstacle during training. However, with the right approach and persistence, they can be well-mannered and obedient. 

Shar-Peis Need Training & Socialization

Because of their aloofness towards strangers and independent nature, Shar-Peis can face difficulties socializing with other pets and people. This means they require plenty of training and socialization from a young age to be well-adjusted family members. 

As with all dogs, they respond best to positive reinforcement methods such as treats and praise; they don't respond well to harsh or punitive training methods ... these methods can lead to fear and aggression in your Shar-Pei. This consistent training is an extra effort that prospective Shar-Pei owners should be prepared for.  

Shar-Peis' Care Needs

Shar-Peis require regular care including skin cleaning and grooming, regular exercise, and plenty of mental stimulation. Despite their aloof nature, they also need plenty of love and attention from their owners to remain well-socialized pups. 

Regular Skin Cleaning

Shar-Peis, with their wrinkled skin, fare better when they're groomed with consistency. Shar-Peis have a short, bristly coat that sheds moderately. Regular brushing also helps keep shedding under control and keeps their coat healthy. 

Without this regular care, they can suffer from skin disorders, as their dense coat can easily become a breeding ground for parasites.  In addition to regular coat grooming, Shar-Peis also need regular nail trims, teeth cleanings, and ear checks to prevent infections.

Exercise and Mental Stimulation 

Shar-Peis are moderately active dogs that require regular exercise to keep them healthy and prevent obesity. This can include daily walks, playtime in the yard, or even dog sports like agility or obedience trials.

Mental stimulation is also important for this intelligent breed. Puzzle toys, training sessions, and interactive games can help keep their minds sharp. They love puzzle toys and can spend hours trying to get the treats out.

Health Concerns of Shar-Peis

Another challenge Shar-Pei owners may come across is their breed's predisposition to specific health issues such as skin problems, eye conditions, and hip dysplasia. One could argue, though, that any breed can have its unique share of health problems. It's just imporatnt for prospective owners to be aware, prepared, and proactive in addressing these potential issues. 

Shar-Peis are prone to skin issues, including allergies and skin infections, which are often due to their unique wrinkles. As mentione previously, regular cleaning and care of their skin folds is a must to prevent these issues.

They are also prone to a condition called Shar-Pei Fever, which can cause recurring fever and swelling in the legs. This condition can be managed with medication, but it requires regular veterinary care. Other common health issues include hip dysplasia, eye problems, and ear infections.

Because of their health issues, regular vet visits are crucial for Shar-Peis. These visits can help catch any potential problems early and keep your dog healthy. Regular check-ups, vaccinations, and preventative care are all part of owning a Shar-Pei. 

Are Shar-Peis a Fit for First-Time Owners? 

Wondering if this breed is suitable for first-time dog owners? Well, it depends. Shar-Peis' strong-willed and independent nature can sometimes pose a challenge for first-time dog owners who are not accustomed to such traits. It can be a bit heavy to deal with a stubborn little fur ball who doesn't budge to your commands as swiftly as you'd like.

That said, they are by no means impossible to train. With commitment and patience, even new dog owners can indeed shape and mold a well-behaved and loving companion from a Shar-Pei. It's always a rewarding experience to raise a pet who reciprocates your efforts with loyalty and affection. 


So, are Shar-Peis hard to own and take care of? They certainly require a commitment in terms of socialization, training, health care, and ongoing skincare. We don't think they're the best choice for first-time dog owners or those who are not prepared for their unique needs.

However, for those who are willing to put in the effort, Shar-Peis can make wonderful, loyal family companions. Their unique personalities and devotion to their families make them a rewarding breed to own. Just ask any Shar-Pei owner, and they'll tell you that the challenges are worth the rewards.

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