Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier

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Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier History

The Shar-Pei is a Chinese spitz-type guard dog. The term “Shar Pei” is a contraction of “Sharp Ear”. The origin of the name is uncertain, but may derive from the Chinese name of the Szechuan Province, “Sichuan” 贵州, or from the fact that the ears are erect. The Shar-Pei is famous for its wrinkles and its coat. The Shar-Pei is very similar to the Chow Chow, another ancient Chinese guardian and hunting dog. The Pekingese, also of ancient origin, is a close relative of the Shar-Pei. The Burmese Mountain Dog, which is native to the Kunming region of Yunnan, is also closely related to the Shar-Pei, although the two breeds are physically very different. The ancestry of the Shar Pei is disputed, with claims for both the Tibetan Mastiff and the Chow Chow. It has also been suggested that the Shih Tzu, the Pomeranian, the Lhasa Apso, the Maltese and possibly the Keeshond contributed to the genetic make-up of the Shar Pei. Breeders in China believe that the breed descends directly from the Saluki, which originated in Central Asia. The Tibet and Yunnan regions of China have been home to a number of ancient breeds of dogs and wolves.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier Physical Characteristics

The Shar-Pei is a medium-sized, muscular, short-haired, terrier type of dog with a dense, flat, and wrinkled skin. The tail is distinctively docked. The male has a shapely head with erect ears and a pointed muzzle. The female has a rounder face and a longer, coarser coat. The eyes of the shar-pei are almond-shaped, erect, and dark brown in color. The ears are long and upright with rounded tips. The teeth meet in a scissors bite, have regular scissor jaws, and a level bite. The feet are cat-like, with arched toes and thick, hairy soles. The breed is independent, loyal to its family, and answers to commands.

Eye Colors

Blue, Hazel, Brown, Amber

Nose Colors

Blue, Black, Brown, Isabella

Coat Colors

Black, Gray, Brown, Brindle, Blue, Fawn, Cream, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 18 – 21 inches

Female Height Range: 17 – 20 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 35 – 60 lbs

Female Weight Range: 30 – 50 lbs

Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier Health Concerns

Demodectic Mange, Demodicosis, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Patellar Luxation, Ear Health and Infection, Third Eye (Cherry Eye), Joint Dysplasia

Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier Temperament and Behaviour

The Shar-Pei is a spirited, playful, and mischievous breed of dog. They are independent and stubborn when it comes to getting their own way. They love to play and can be very noisy. They are devoted and loyal to their owner and can be protective. They enjoy being around people and are very sociable.

Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier Activity Requirements

The Shar-Pei, or Chinese Shar-Pei, is a popular breed of dog that has been around for thousands of years. While they were bred as guard dogs and hunters, today they are primarily known as companions. The Shar-Pei is not a very active dog, but they do require regular exercise. They are well suited to apartment living and are also unlikely to cause much damage to a home. The best way to get your Shar-Pei to exercise is with a long walk or jog. While they enjoy running, they do not need to be exercised vigorously. A short, leisurely walk a few times a week will be sufficient. The Shar-Pei is a generally healthy, happy, and hardy breed. They are suitable for both indoor and outdoor living, but they do need to feel that they are part of the family. If you are considering a Shi-poo, be prepared to make a lifelong commitment to this lovable, intelligent, and sensitive canine.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

120 minutes

Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Shar-Pei Pitbull Terrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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