Hi All I was talking to my Mam about the Shar Pei breed and how they are not for everyone. She commented that Bouviers are like that and she had found a lovely piece about why not to buy a bouvier when she was doing her research! So I looked it up and made one about the Shar Pei Breed and here it is! (I hope its ok to post it here!) If anyone has a suggestion of something I have missed (its not meant to be definitive) let me know! Enjoy! Interested in buying a Shar Pei? Well, I think you should also hear, before it's too late, that Shar Pei are not the perfect breed for everyone. Think long and hard before buying or adopting one.
DON'T buy a Shar Pei if you are attracted to the breed chiefly by its appearance.
Behaviour, temperament, health and trainability are what you actually live with. Be sure that the Shar Pei personality truly suits your own personality and lifestyle.
DON'T buy a Shar Pei if you are unwilling to share your house and your life with your dog.
Shar Pei are family-oriented housedogs; they do not make good “outdoor” dogs. (Actually few dogs are happy if “exiled” from house and family.)
DON'T buy a Shar Pei if you don't intend to educate (train) your dog.
Basic obedience training is a MUST if your Pei is to be a pleasant and well-mannered housemate and you yourself must do it (with help in class) and have your family and friends do it too; no one can do it for you.
DON'T buy a Shar Pei if you lack leadership (self-assertive) personality. Pei are NOT submissive natured; they tend to take advantage of wishy-washy non-alpha owners. You must be self-assured, consistent, and calmly firm.
DON'T buy a Shar Pei if you don't value laid-back companionship and calm affection. Pei are loving, but not always highly demonstrative of their affections.
DON'T buy a Shar Pei if you are concerned about unpleasant odours.
Pei sometimes have a fair amount of “doggy” body odour and they fart more than most breeds.
DON'T buy a Shar Pei if you dislike daily physical exercise. Pei need exercise, but they can be lazy, so you have to walk, jog, or bicycle with your Pei.
DON'T buy a Shar Pei if you believe that dogs should run "free". No dog can run free and unsupervised, neither in urban nor rural setting. Shar Pei historically were used for herding
dogs, they might chase livestock/small furries. Shar Pei are not renowned for their ‘recall’ skills if you let them off the lead, they may not come back.
DON'T buy a Shar Pei if you can't afford to buy, feed, and provide health care for one. Pei are one of the more expensive breeds in all these respects. (Actually, no dog is cheap to keep; all can run up horrendous vet bills.)
DON’T buy a Shar Pei if you want the “Latest Greatest Ferocious Killer Attack Dog.” ; but also DON’T buy a Shar Pei if you want a totally unaggressive and
unprotective dog. Despite what many people think Shar Pei are not all aggressive and some are loving and social able however, they are naturally suspicious of strangers which may deter your friends from visiting. They may appear aloof and stand offish!
DON’T buy a Shar Pei if you are not willing to commit yourself for the dog’s entire lifetime. Every dog deserves lifetime loyalty from his owners. A Pei dumped into a Pound or Shelter has almost no chance of escaping death. Almost all disagreements and problems can be solved with a good behaviourist and training of owner and dog.
If all the preceding “bad news” about Shar Pei hasn’t turned you away from the breed, then by all means DO GET A SHAR PEI ! They are every bit as wonderful as you
have heard !
Adapted by Ashleigh Downey 2012. Originally ‘Don’t buy a Bouvier’ by Pam Green (2007) http://webspace.cal.net/~pamgreen/dont_buy_bouv_1pg.pdf