20 Dogs For Busy People
6. Chinese Shar-Pei
The Chinese Shar-Pei is an old dog breed who was originally bred to hunt, herd, guard and later, fight. Nowadays, they are favorite family pets who are incredibly loyal to their humans. The Shar-Pei is known for their distinctive short coat and loose, wrinkled skin. Their name even means ‘sand skin’, referring to their characteristic appearances. Without a doubt, they are a uniquely-looking dog, and their looks are enough to prompt many humans to adopt this breed. However, there is more to them than meets the eye.
Shar-Peis are quiet and somewhat reserved dogs who are therefore suitable for apartment life. Although they can be a bit standoffish, they become very attached to their human family and would do anything for them. Since they are aloof dogs, they are good pets for people who are busy and don’t spend a lot of time at home. They are independent thinkers who need owners who are able to establish leadership and show the dog who’s in charge.
If the owner doesn’t know how to handle the dog, Shar-Peis will be stubborn and disrespectful. Since they are so strong-willed, they are not the ideal choice for first time owners or timid ones. On the other hand, if the owner knows how to treat the Shar-Pei, they will train the pooch in no time. Also, they are happiest when they have a job to do and their heritage as a guardian makes them an excellent watchdog and guard dog.