Question by suzie8: My husband wants to get a shar-pei dog, however we have small children. Are they good family dogs?
Are they aggressive? Is there any reports of attacks from these dogs?
Answer by I Love my Pyr.
I don’t think they are among the most popular breed. I have heard that they are mean when they get older but I don’t know of any personally and that could be in the raising. Just socialize it well and lay down the rules in the beginning.
Answer by Lissa
Have to agree that it completely depends on the dog’s personal temperament and socialization as a puppy.
My family has had another shar pei before, but our current pei is just over a year old now. Extremely leery of strangers, but he is always friendly with kids no matter if he knows them or not. But we made sure he was exposed to children when we brought him home as a puppy and the breeder also had a young son so he was definitely properly socialized.
Even still, definitely not a dog for everyone. Mine listens to me well and is a serious love bug. Quite full of personality and even shows some manners. But he can be extreeemely stubborn (especially when it comes to listening to other family members) and its really true that they need to understand pecking order. A great plus, as mentioned by other reviewers, he was extremely easy to house train- very very few accidents from day one and not once has he ever chewed anything up in the house. Only issue he has is being alone, he loves to be around people even if its just a matter of being able to see you from down the hallway.
Overall, they’re extremely loyal and affectionate dogs but each dog has his own unique personality and needs serious training and socialization. And if you’re going to get one, who you choose to buy from is a big factor.
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