Polly is a gorgeous young 1 year old female Shar-Pei. She joined us when she was picked up as a stray and not reclaimed. She had an abscess on her neck and needed eye surgery on both eyes, so that is likely why she was dumped.
Is Polly the right dog for you? The Shar Pei is a very loyal and affectionate dog by nature even though they may always have a frown on their faces. However, they are not the best choice for first time owners because they need to be handled and trained by someone who is familiar with this type of dog. They are known to be quite independent and reserved, but once they form a bond with their owners or families, they become valued members of a household. These dogs love being inside the home where it is cosy and warm because they really dislike the cold.
They can be very wary and aloof when they meet anyone for the first time, but would not show any sort of aggression towards a stranger, preferring to just keep out of the way. It’s essential for a puppy to be well socialised from a young age and their training has to start as soon as possible too. The Shar Pei needs to be taught who is the alpha dog in a household because they are much happier and more obedient when they know their place in the pack. If a Shar Pei is allowed to rule the roost, they will and this can lead to a dog becoming unruly and hard to handle.
The Shar Pei is not the best choice for first time dog owners because they need to be handled and trained by people who are familiar with the breed and their very specific needs, bearing in mind that they can be quite hard to train because the Shar Pei is quite stubborn and willful when the mood takes them. Shar Peis although aloof and proud, are also playful by nature with their families and enjoy playing interactive games. It is important to know when a Shar Pei is being playful and when they are showing a more dominant side to their natures. Shar Peis are always quick to let an owner know when they don’t like something that is going on in their environment and because they are wary of strangers, they would always react to when people they don’t know are around.
The Shar Pei is an intelligent dog, but they need to be handled and trained with a firm yet fair hand. They do not respond well to any sort of harsh training or correction. However, if an owner is too soft, a Shar Pei, as previously mentioned, will start to show a more dominant side to their personality. They do have a strong stubborn streak in them which means they need to be handled and trained by someone who is familiar with this type of dog. It takes a lot of patience and consistency to train a Shar Pei and even then they are not known to be the most obedient of dogs. This is why they are not the best choice for novice dog owners because a Shar Pei might get the better of them and start to show a more dominant side to their characters making them harder to handle and live with.
Polly is quite the regal little girl, she walks beautifully on the lead, nose down sniffing everything in sight!! She is house trained, she loves her food and walks, and her home comforts is a must for her! Polly is a gentle little soul, she is a darling with not a bad bone in her body. She loves other dogs on her terms but can be bossy so would be best as the only dog. She is very much a little shadow, follows me everywhere and loves to snuggle up on the bed with me at night time. She is not destructive at all and is quite content being left for short periods. Polly travels perfectly in the car and loves an adventure.
This lovely girl would make a fantastic addition to any family as she is a lovely cuddly loyal companion. Due to her stubborn nature, we are looking for an adult only home for her that has breed experience – THIS IS A MUST!! She also needs someone that is home alot as she isn’t a huge fan of being left, however she does settle after a few minutes of barking, and is non destructive.
Polly is not cat friendly. Polly is spayed, and chipped, she is flea and wormed. Could you give this beautiful girl the happy ever after she deserves?