The Shar Pei is a distinctive dog with plenty of loose folds on its face and all over the body and bluish black tongue, making it one of the most identifiable dog breeds in the world. Weighing 40 to 55 pounds and standing 46 to 51 centimetres at the withers, this medium dog is a compact dog with a square shape. It has a large head, a flat, broad skull with a moderate stop, broad and relatively broad muzzle, and large and wide nose. It has almond-shaped eyes that show its frowning expression and small triangular ears that are set high. While the breed’s nose and eyes are typically black, lighter colours are allowed in paler shades.
The Shar Pei has a straight and off-standing extremely harsh coat, which is flatter on the limbs. It also has no undercoat. According to KC standards, all solid colours are accepted except for white. Since the Shar Pei has a short coat and is naturally clean with very minimal odour, it has low grooming needs. All it needs is a thorough weekly brush, which becomes more frequent during spring and summer. Its folds should also be cleaned and dried to avoid infections. It can be bathed 3 to 4 times a year since frequent baths can cause irritations to the Shar Pei.
An important aspect of its grooming routine is dental hygiene. Make sure its teeth are brushed daily, if possible, to prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum issues. Check its ears for wax build-up as the ears can harbour infection-causing bacteria. Lastly, make sure to trim its nails when you hear clicking sounds on the floor since overgrowth can be uncomfortable.