The Chinese Shar-Pei, like the Chow, is an ancient, multi-purpose breed that has served as vermin-catcher, hunter, tracker, herder, and guardian throughout their long history. They are a medium sized, sturdy breed that could work all day patrolling the perimeter of their owners’ property or farm. Their black mouths were believed to deter evil spirits and their wrinkly, imposing looks were generally enough to discourage intruders. Originally bred to work rather autonomously, they are independent by nature and tend to be aloof around strangers. They are an intelligent and active breed and do well participating in canine activities that showcase their natural talents in agility, tracking, obedience, and conformation. Early socialization, positive training, and daily exercise will bring out the best in your Shar-Pei. They are clean dogs in general that need little more grooming than the occasional bath and regular ear cleaning and toenail clipping.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.