A bundle of wrinkles, the Shar-pei has origins from over 2000 years ago in southern China. Shar-Pei literally means ‘sand-skin’, referring to the unque rough, sand paper like coat found only in this breed of dogs. They also have a distinctive blue-black tongue, a characteristic only found in one other dog breed, the Chow-Chow.


46 – 51 cm


18 – 25kg


Shar-Peis are loyal and devoted family members that are ingelligent and quick to learn. They are confident yet reserved around new visitors and new situations. Early socialisation amongst other dogs and people as well as exposure to new environments is vital during puppy hood. A Shar-Pei will tend to bond to one person in the family, preferring to be a one man dog however this doesn’t exclude them from being a fantastic family dog as they will still adore everybody who shows them respect.


Up to 12 years.

Grooming and care

Looks are deceiving. The Shar-Peis wrinkly but bristly coat requires little grooming. Kept clean, their wrinkly coat is smell free and requires no brushing. Regular ear checks are important as they are susceptable to ear problems.


The Shar-Pei needs regular exercise, and attention. Their intelligence makes them the perfect dog for obedience sports. They will enjoy the challenge of competition and also the opportunity to impress their owner and family.

Health concerns

For the latest research in breed-related problems in Shar Pei visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.