The coarseness of a Chinese Shar-Pei’s coat tends to repel dirt. Also, fortunately it is a coat that doesn’t seem to give off a doggy odor. The shortness of the Shar-Pei’s coat means also that it does not mat, so it is not necessary to brush the coat to excess. To keep your dog’s coat healthy and in good condition, brush it lightly with either a pure bristle brush or a grooming mitt.
Although light-colored dogs can look fresher if they have had a bath before a show, it is not really necessary to bathe a Chinese Shar-Pei frequently. The majority of Chinese Shar-Pei are bathed perhaps two, three or four times a year. Important times for bathing are before, or before and after, each shedding.
Occasional bathing assists in retaining oils in your Shar-Pei’s coat while eliminating dead or loose hair. A good idea for freshening up a dark-colored Chinese Shar-Pei is to wipe the coat over with a wet towel. Bathing too frequently will remove too much natural oil from your Shar-Pei’s coat.
Some Chinese Shar-Pei are reputed to have something of an aversion to water, so give your Shar-Pei puppy his first bath while he is still fairly young. This way, your dog will become accustomed to bathing by the time he reaches maturity.
Excerpt from Chinese Shar-Pei, part of the Comprehensive Owner’s Guide series, with permission from its publisher, Kennel Club Books, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase Chinese Shar-Pei here.