How Much Do Shar-Pei Puppies Cost?

Written by: Staff
Last Updated:  August 8, 2018

Shar Pei puppies are well known for its deep wrinkles, blue-black tongue and a muzzle shaped similar to a pig.  The shar-pei, which originates from China, was originally bred to be a guard dog and most are suspicious of strangers.  Today, it’s not commonly found as a dog in most household.

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How much do Shar-Pei puppies cost?

The cost of Shar-Pei puppies based on their age, quality, gender, parents, geographical location and breeder.  On average, this breed is going to cost anywhere from $500 to $1,300+.  A popular type such as the bear coat Shar-Pei, for example, can sell for close to $2,000 at some reputable breeders.

A miniature Shar-Pei, which only grows up to 17 inches tall and weighs no more than 40 pounds, are often hard to find and can be in the $800 to $1,600 range, plus additional shipping costs if you’re able to find one.

At the time of writing this guide,, an online classified website that connects dog breeders with buyers, had a bit more than 100 listings ranging from $500 to $950.  Most breeders, at least the listings we glanced at, offered current vaccinations, registration paperwork, a health guarantee and a veterinarian examination.

What is going to be included in the adoption fee?

A reputable breeder should always include registration paperwork, a health guarantee, a health checkup by a licensed vet, up-to-date vaccinations and a travel crate if it’s going to be shipped.  The dog may also be microchipped and/or spay/neutered.

What are the extra costs?

Recurring costs, as with any pet, will need to be factored in.  This will include the daily food, water, accessories, toys, shelter and routine/surprise vet visits.  The average dog owner pays anywhere from $650 to $800 per year for a healthy dog.  If the dog were to come down with a serious illness, this price can increase by two or three times the amount, if not more.

The dog needs to be trained firmly, and because of this, it’s highly advisable you sign up for professional obedience classes at a young age to teach it the basics such as sit, stay and lay.  Depending on how many classes you can take, basic starter classes can start at $50 and go up from there.

To prevent irritation inside the dog’s unique folds, its coat should be cleaned and groomed at least weekly.  To avoid these skin problems, it’s best to take it to a groomer at least once per month for a professional cleaning.  Due to these wrinkles, the dog is highly prone to common skin diseases or dermatitis.

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Its temperament is known to be brave, dominant, wise and often wary of strangers.  Known to be very independent, some may be hard to train due to their stubbornness.  They can get along well with other household pets and children who know how to handle animals properly.

The average Chinese Shar-Pei weighs 40 to 60 pounds and grows 19 to 24 inches tall.  As mentioned above, they are known for their blue-black tongue, wrinkled head, neck and shoulders.  Their large heads, along with their small, highly set eyes, combined with their thick curled tails, offer a unique look not commonly seen in other dogs.

If healthy, the dog can live nine to 11 years.

The breed needs a decent amount of exercise and should be taken on a one hour walk at least once per day.  It’s also advisable you avoid the as they usually don’t do well in hot weather.

Burke’s Backyard says this dog isn’t recommended for a first-time dog owner since you need to commit a lot of your time training this breed.  Due to its aggressive tendencies, those who are cable of showing dominance over this dog is highly recommended.

This dog, according to, is great for those who want a sturdily-built dog, a calm nature and one that doesn’t bark much.

How can I save money?

Consider adopting from a local shelter or rescue group.  While you may not be able to find this particular breed, there could be a good chance you find a puppy that looks similar.  Plus, instead of spending thousands on a dog that was bred to be sold, you can help a dog that truly needs a forever home.  For instance, you may be able to find a Shar-Pei Pitbull mix or Shar-Pei lab mix

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