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.