The Shar Pei is used mainly as a family pet and as a guard dog. It is cautious toward strangers but friendly, loving and loyal toward its human family, including children. It must be trained properly and socialized from early on, otherwise it may become too protective, dominant and aggressive. This breed does not bark a lot. It may live in an apartment as long as it gets plenty of daily exercise.
The Shar Pei is a middle-sized dog. The male weighs from 25 to 30 kilos and the female from 18 to 25 kilos. Its height ranges from 45 to 50 cm tall. It has very loose skin which is perhaps the most “folded” of all dog breeds. Its coat is short and rough and it sheds either rarely or never. Its coat can have all colors except white. The commonest colors are fawn and brown.