Initially, the Chinese Shar Pei was a versatile Chinese farm dog. Many of their traits relate to that sort of work. The way they are built made them perfect to act as border guard dogs and be on duty all day. They have herding skills, vermin catching skills and tracking skills because they had many diverse duties on the farm. It was the belief of the Chinese that this dog's black colored mouth and scowl would ward off evil spirits. In addition, their commanding presence kept them from being challenged by their opponents.
The Chinese Shar Pei is instantly recognized because of their uniquely shaped head that resembles a hippopotamus along with their profile and wrinkles. This ancient breed is typically rather standoffish and aloof with strangers, but are very devoted to their human family. The name "Shar-Pei" translate to "sandy coat" so their coat should be harsh. While the main color usually is sable, they come in any solid color. They excel in tracking, conformation, obedience and agility.
These intelligent and sometimes stubborn dogs, they need experienced owners. They are very bright and are easily trained, but it is important that this training and socialization is started early in life. In addition, the Chinese Shar Peis need exercise every day. They are clean by nature and do not need a lot of grooming. The occasional bath, toe nail clipping and regular ear cleaning should be enough. If these beautifully odd dogs take your fancy, view the following ads to find the perfect one for your home.