Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Chinese Shar-pei puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Chinese Shar-pei

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Chinese Shar-pei the right breed for you?

Chinese Shar-pei Review: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Chinese Shar-pei Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Chinese Shar-pei?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • No dogs of the same sex in the household
  • No cats in the household
  • Restricted exercise when young – until maturity (at least 18 months old), exercise restricted to multiple short (20 minute) walks, fetch games, and playing with other dogs – no forced running (beside a jogger or bicyclist), no long-distance treks, minimal jumping
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Chinese Shar-pei stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Chinese Shar-peis are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Chinese Shar-pei to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior or aggression
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Chinese Shar-pei, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Chinese Shar-pei?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Chinese Shar-pei be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Chinese Shar-pei?

Chinese Shar-peis are fairly common in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Chinese Shar-peis rank 61st. Unfortunately their popularity is often based on their unusual wrinkly appearance, without owners being aware that those physical characteristics are associated with numerous health problems.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Chinese Shar-peis are available from Dog Rescue groups. Shar-peis may be turned over to Rescue because of health problems, or because their dominance and stubbornness become too hard to handle. There might be issues with aggression toward other animals. But other Chinese Shar-peis are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and these dogs may have no behavior problems at all.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Chinese Shar-peis are occasionally found here. But Shar-pei Rescue groups do try to move Chinese Shar-peis out of shelters and into their rescue network.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Chinese Shar-pei from a show breeder, who breeds Chinese Shar-peis to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Chinese Shar-pei from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Chinese Shar-pei puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) or PennHip certifying the dog to have normal hips
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal elbows
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal knees
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have a normal thyroid

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Chinese Shar-pei ends up with cataracts and crippled joints.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Chinese Shar-peis are sometimes found in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

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How to test the temperament and personality of Chinese Shar-pei puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Chinese Shar-pei puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.