Dog Breed Guide: Chinese Shar Pei

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A Chinese Shar Pei with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Chinese Shar Pei

Height (to base of neck): 18 -20″

Weight:  45 – 60 lb

Color: Solid colors including black, cream, red and sable.

Origin: China

Coat: Very short, straight, standoff coat and rough, almost bristly.

Life Expectancy: 11-12 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Shar Pei

Is a Chinese Shar Pei the Right Dog Breed for You?

Shar Pei means sandpaper coat in Chinese and it is one of the oldest recorded breeds, with artwork depictions dating to 200 BC.  This breed is intelligent and independent.  They can be aloof with strangers and some dogs of this breed can be aggressive.  They are loyal to their owner.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Chinese Shar Pei 

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Ear Infection  $259  $1,097
 Skin Allergies  $773  $10,308
 Entropion  $774  $3,445
 Cancer  $3,203  $7,715
 Pyoderma  $172  $389

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