#sharpei dogs. What are they really like to live with? Find out in our latest breed guide video. It’s the wrinkles that have made these dogs extremely popular… but can they have too many? There’s expert advice from owners and the UK Kennel Club on selecting the right #sharpeipuppies to avoid potential problems. There’s also top tips on training a Shar Pei. It seems they’re really intelligent and learn fast… but will make up their own rules if you don’t tackle training early. There’s good news in the dog grooming department – until Sharpeis moult twice a year. Enjoy the video and don’t forget to add your comment or experiences with the Shar Pei breed. They’re a lovely breed. They’re intelligent. They’re really loving and loyal. They’ve got cheeky characters sometimes. Basically, once you’ve got one you become addicted and most people end up with two – or five like I’ve got. Shar Peis have increased in popularity over recent years, and it’s been a little bit to the detriment of the breed. #sherpeiwrinkles make them popular with some people, simply just for their appearance. And yet, really the breed shouldn’t have a lot of wrinkles. It has a loose fitting skin, but the more wrinkled it is the more care it’s going to require because they can get infections inside those wrinkles. We don’t breed for over-exaggerated wrinkles. They should only have moderate wrinkling over the shoulders. As a puppy they will have more wrinkles and they will grow into those wrinkles – but you shouln’t be looking at a puppy that’s absolutely dripping in wrinkles, because that is not what they should be bred for. Shar Pei have got a reputation of being quite difficult to train. I think that’s because they’ve got that aloof personality. Having said that, I’ve had a fair few through my training classes and they have been absolutely delightful to train. They’ve got to see why you want them to do it. You’ve got to try and find out what makes them tick a little bit. They’re really clever dogs and as a youngster, you really need to give them their boundaries at a young age. So if you don’t want them on the settee, don’t put them on the settee at a young age because they pick things up really quickly – so we all have to train them at an ealy age. So as long as they’re really well socialised, they’re good with children, good with people and good with other dogs. It’s going to be a very powerful dog. It’s not an enormous dog, but it’s a powerful dog as an adult. You need to think about getting lots of early socialisation, teaching it about life – taking it out and about – doing all that in a very positive manner so it has a good experience of the life it’s going to lead. When you’ve got a powerful dog you really need to do more than the rest of us – with a smaller dog – so you can control that power when you’re out in public. When they’re puppies, you don’t need to over-exercise them. They grow quite rapidly, so you have to be careful with the exercise. Just moderate exercise – buidling up and then once they get to adult size, and hour a day would be perfect. They’re quite laid back dogs. They’re very loyal to your family. They have got a guarding instinct – so obiously you don’t need to bring that guarding instinct out, it’s there. They’ll fuss people and then go away because they want their own space. Generally they should be happy, healthy, fun-loving dogs. There’s two types of coat – there’s a horse coat and a brush coat. The horse coat is a more harsher coat – and these are brush coats. Bascially it’s like a once over groom, once a week. You don’t need any clipping.