Breed Specific Training Shar Pei


The Chinese Shar Pei, commonly known as the Shar Pei, is an ancient breed of dog that originated 2,000 years ago in China.The Shar Pei's have a very distinct appearance, as their face and body are covered in deep wrinkles, and they have a rather unique hippopotamus-like head shape.

Shar Pei's are very loyal to their families but can have an even greater loyalty to their owner.They are very intelligent, confident, dignified, sensible and always ready for anything. They are very protective of their home and are cautious of outsiders, making them a very good watchdog, guard dog, and a brave companion.

The Chinese Shar Pei has a sort of squared body shape, with a flat head and broad head. They are a medium sized dog with a padded muzzle. They have a blue/black tongue color, they usually have dark brown eyes. Sometimes their eyes appear to be almost closed because of their almond shape and the wrinkles. Their ears are set high, are very small and slightly rounded at the tips, giving them a triangular look. The tail has a thick base and tapers to a slim point, and is carried incredibly high. The skin on the body of the Shar Pei is very wrinkly when they are puppies, but they lose many of their wrinkles as they age. Adult Shar Peis may be heavily wrinkled with large heads, or may have tighter skin with very few crinkles and smaller heads.

The coat is very harsh and rough to the touch. Shar Pei's coat usually comes in two colors, horse coat, brush coat. The fur is completely straight and off standing and does not exceed 1 inch. The Horse Coat is the shortest and feels rather prickly, while the Brush Coat hair is slightly longer and feels smoother. Shar Pei coats can be all solid colors and sables. Solid color dogs may have darker shading on their ears and down their back, and may have a dark muzzle.

Shar Pei's are very protective of their families making for a good watch dog. They are brave, intelligent, and alert. They are very leary of new people so seem to be standoffish. They are not aggressive usually towards them . If you have kids it is best to socialize the children and puppy while they are both still young. They don't seem to like other dogs in the home but can also adapt if socialized early on. Obedience training, and a confident owner is key to the overall success of a Shar Pei achieving a good temperament.

Their coat has many natural oils and for this reason should only be bathed every couple months. However, they should be brushed daily to keep the natural oils in their coat so it will be shiny, healthy, and free of extra dirt and hair. This breed does not shed much so grooming is very minimal. They do need to have between their wrinkles cleaned often to keep dirt and moisture from being trapped in them. A damp cloth should work just fine, or they sell dog cleaning wipes at your local pet store. In addition, eyes should be checked everyday for discharge, nails need to be trimmed on a monthly basis and teeth brushed every few days. If they don't let you brush them just getting the dog toothpaste on them will help with the cleaning. Never use human toothpaste on your animals.

Shar Pei's do not care for the water so swimming is not a good idea for exercise. They do need to be walked daily for about fifteen minutes, but be cautious when the summer months are here,because they are sensitive to hot temperatures. and their wrinkles help hold in the heat and they need to be provided with cool shaded areas and water when outdoors.They enjoy running off leash so if you have an area that is fenced in you can allow your pet to run and play to burn off extra energy.

They are a very independent breed and can be bold and stubborn if not given clear instructions.You must be a confident owner or your Shar Pei may try to be the leader. If you are having troubles training and working with yours, you can also seek professional training to help with any behaviors or commands you are not sure about. They should be well socialized as a puppy and provided with solid obedience training. Shar Peis excel at conformation, obedience, tracking and agility.

Chinese Shar Pei training takes commitment and care, and remember Pawsitive Reinforcement goes a long way. It is not something that happens overnight and your pet won’t always make it easy. While this breed is very beautiful, smart and a great companion, there will come times when he will test his boundaries and your abilities as a leader. It is your job as leader to show him that you should be respected, you are in control and he can trust your leadership. You can achieve all of this by remaining consistent. Consistency is "they key" when training your Shar Pei. Here are a few things you can remember when your training yours.

Use the same commands every time you are working with your dog. If you use hand signals too, you will always want to use the same ones every time. Any person that will be asking your dog to perform a command should use the exact commands and hand signals that you use so your dog will not be confused.

Having rules. If you do not allow your dog on your bed, or if they get no table tid bits, those rules need to be the same every day. For example, if you are visiting grandma and she wants your dog to sleep with her the answer should be no. The same rules should be applied no matter where you are or who may be watching them. Applying the same rules to your dog all the time leads to no confusion of your dogs boundaries. Or what they will be able to get away with.

Follow through with everything you tell your dog.For example, do not use a treat to lure your dog in the car, but once they get in they did not get the treat. Your dog whether it be a Shar Pei or another breed, needs to be able to trust you. If you are using tricks to get your dog to do what you ask then they are not really responding to you. You can use a lute or treat but once the have done what you have asked, be sure to give them the reward.

Correcting a behavior. If you correct your dog when they do something wrong such as digging in your back yard, barking at the people passing by on the sidewalk, etc. You will need to correct this behavior every time. If you allow your dog to bark at the people on the sidewalk sometimes, but other times you are trying to correct them, you will be sending mixed signals. If he is digging a hole in the back yard to bury a bone and you let them get away with it, then it will have to be okay for your dog to go back and dig it up. You have to correct each behavior the same every time. Your Shar Pei will respond to you better if you are direct on what you expect from them.

Keeping their focus on you. You should start training your dog in a quiet area with little to no distractions. They will need to be totally focused on you and the task at hand. Keep training sessions short, use treats and pawsitive reinforcement to show your dog they have done the command correctly. If you use all this information you should end up with a happy, healthy, trained, Shar Pei.