Caring for your Chinese Shar Pei does not have to be a full-time job, but it will require a bit of devotion and time management on your part. Remember that while dogs are self-sufficient creatures, they still rely heavily on you for basic needs such as food, water and exercise. The Chinese Shar Pei requires daily exercise to stay in shape. An adult Shar Pei should weigh from 40-55lbs. If your dog is close to exceeding this weight as a pup, it's time for you to make drastic changes to your dog's diet and implement a good exercise program.
Taking your Shar Pei out to relieve itself does not count as daily exercise. You should take your Shar Pei on a 30-40 minute walk each day to maintain a healthy weight. If you work all day and your Shar Pei is left inside your home all day, it's imperative to take it out at night for a long relaxing walk. The Shar Pei has a lot of energy and leaving it inside the house all day allows for only one way to release that energy, that is, to chew your furniture and shoes!
A long relaxing walk will give your Shar Pei the needed exercise to maintain its proper weight. Be sure to keep your Shar Pei on a leash to prevent it from fighting with other dogs. If you're the fast-paced kind of person and you'd prefer a brisk jog or a game of fetch, your Shar Pei will certainly love it! Any kind of exercise that gets your dog's heart pumping will keep it happy and healthy. Make sure you provide lots of water and take it easy when it's exceptionally hot outside.
The Chinese Shar Pei is a very independent-minded pet and because it is so strong, its mental health is often neglected. It's not just mental health in terms of depression; a Shar Pei needs mental stimulation throughout the day, even in your absence. If you don't have the luxury of working at home, trying leaving the television on, so that your dog has something to focus on, other than your shoes!
Introducing your new Shar Pei to a house full of children and other pets can cause mental depression. If you are adopting a Shar Pei puppy, bring it home at a time when your home is quiet. Let your dog get acquainted with its new home without the added pressure of people trying to pet it and making it nervous. Once your Shar Pei feels comfortable with you and its new home, show it around the entire place and then slowly introduce the rest of your family. Small steps like these will ensure a mentally stable Shar Pei.