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Want to Know About the Chinese Shar-Pei Temperament?

The suspicious Chinese Shar-Pei temperament can make her a bit snooty, as her hoity-toity name might suggest.

For one thing, if she doesn’t know you, she’ll ignore you.

And knowing who you are doesn’t make it much better. She may continue to ignore you if you’re not a part of her normal “pack.”

Only her family will see the true side of a Shar-Pei. It’s their reward for giving her everything she wants and needs to survive.

Adult and Puppy Chinese Shar-Pei dog

Here are some of the more pertinent parts of a typical Chinese Shar-Pei's temperament and personality.

Chinese Shar-Pei Temperament and Personality


She pays much attention to people and animals she doesn't know, to the point of coming off as aloof sometimes.


Some would call her “independent,” others would call her “stubborn.” One thing's for sure, she has a strong will.

Calm but Great Watchdog

She's not the kind of dog to fly off the handle at just anything.

She’s quiet and reserved, which actually makes for an amazing watchdog. That’s because she doesn’t bark unless she has a reason.

When she’s barking, you should probably check it out – unless, of course, she’s playing.


She doesn't make a move unless she's sure it's the right one, making her confident in all she does.


She loves her family with everything she has, to the point of protecting them from people she doesn't recognize who could potentially pose a threat.


She is a great guard dog, but she has a tendency to overdo it on the protection, particularly with other dogs, being a former fighting dog and all.

Chinese Shar-Pei Temperament with Other Dogs

Shar-Peis are not exactly known for their friendliness with other dogs. Though this may be something you can train out of her, you have to do it while she’s still little, or it will be nearly impossible to change her later.

A Brief History of the Chinese Shar-Pei Breed

The Chinese Shar-Pei is an interesting dog. Not only is she interesting to look at, but she also has an interesting history: she was not officially recognized as a breed by the AKC until 1991.

The Chinese Shar-Pei hails from the Guangdong province of China.

While unconfirmed, experts believe the original Chinese Shar-Pei looked much different from the Shar-Pei we know today.

Hunters developed the Shar-Pei to specifically have her loose skin and prickly coat as a way to fend off the wild boar they would hunt.

Unfortunately, like Pitbulls, Shar-Peis also spent some time working as fighting dogs.

This was because their loose skin made it easier for them to reach around and grab their opponent, even if the opponent had one of the Shar-Pei's rolls in his mouth.

Training a Chinese Shar-Pei

While it is true of any dog that the earlier you train them, the better never is this truer than with a Chinese Shar-Pei.

Two Shar-Pei Puppies lying together in the garden

This is because if you don’t nip her overprotective ways in the bud while she’s still young, she can grow up to become rather territorial.

If you do not socialize your Shar-Pei with other dogs early and often, then she is more likely to be aggressive with them later on.

You won’t be able to take her to the dog park, or anywhere else where you might run into another dog for that matter if she is behaving aggressive to people and other dogs or animals.

If you are interested in adopting or buying an older Shar-Pei who has not received the proper training to control this, you may want to invest in a sturdy security fence first that will keep her fenced-in and away from other dogs.

Helpful Dog Training Resource:

For help with training your Chinese Shar-Pei dog you should take a look at The Online Dog Trainer by Doggy Dan. Doggy Dan is an expert Dog Trainer based in New Zealand. His online resource contains Hundreds of Excellent Dog Training Videos that will take you step-by-step through the process of developing a healthy, happy well-behaved dog.

Grooming a Chinese Shar-Pei

Like many other breeds, a Shar-Pei hates having her feet touched. This can make trimming her nails rather difficult. Don’t let her win on this one, or she’ll think she can always get out of having her nails trimmed.

With puppies, you can actually train them out of this. You have to touch their feet often, either while playing with or grooming them. This should get them used to having their feet touched and can make for fewer problems later.

As for brushing your Shar-Pei, a weekly brushing should be sufficient. This goes for both short-haired and slightly longer-haired Shar-Peis.

However, if your Shar-Pei is one who suffers from the skin issues that tend to plague the breed, then you may need to create a schedule consisting of weekly baths and daily brushing.

Shar-Peis are also prone to