The Chinese Shar-Pei is a medium-sized dog breed that was originated in China as a hunting dog. It can give birth to 4-6 puppies at a time. It is beautiful to look at your puppy growing from a completely dependent pup to a fully grown independent dog.

In this article, you will learn about the Shar-Pei puppy’s various development stages and behavior during different weeks. you will also learn about their vaccination for different diseases.


When the Shar-Pei is born, they are not able to see, hear, or eat anything solid. They are completely dependent on their mother for everything. The puppies also are not able to generate heat on their own. therefore, they should not be separated from the mother. Otherwise, the puppies might die of hypothermia.

Neonatal Stage (0-2 Weeks)

The first 2 weeks for the Shar-Pei puppy are critical as they are very vulnerable at this time. They cannot see or hear their mother, so they use scent to get to her. The puppies crawl using their feet towards the mother which helps in the development of the muscles and strengthen the bones.

Newborn Shar-Pei Puppies
Newborn Shar-Pei Puppies.
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During the first two weeks of the Shar-Pei puppy birth, it needs around 90 percent of sleep throughout the day. This time of the week is all about sleeping and eating. By the end of the second week, the puppy will weigh double its birth weight. At around 10-14 days, the puppy eyes start to open and it is also able to hear.

Transitional Stage (2-4 Weeks)

In this stage the Shar-Pei puppy transit from the neonatal stage. They are able to see and hear by the end of the second week. You will see them getting on their feet and trying to walk with their wobbly move. The puppies will form their own vocabulary to communicate with each other by yelping, whining. They are very active at this time

During this period, the mother starts teaching the puppy to behave and socialize with the littermates. She slowly gets away from the puppies, relaxing more. The puppy will learn to pee and poop away from their nest while the mother stops cleaning them.

Shar-Pei Puppies playing
Shar-Pei Puppies playing.
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Socialization Stage (4-12 weeks)

As soon as the Shar-Pei puppy reach 4 weeks old, it is time for their socialization and training. Whatever they learn at this age, it last for their life time. So, it is the perfect time to start training your pup as they are able to soak up any command and tricks taught to them. Start from basic obedience training and socilaization.

If you do not socialize your Shar-Pei dog at the age of 6 weeks, they might grow up to be an aggressive dog. Therefore, take them out to meet with variety of people and other dogs. A non-socialized dog can become aggressive and also fearful of people and other animals.

Juvenile Stage (3-6 months)

The juvenile stage is the first stage towards adulthood where the Shar-Pei puppy begins to lose its puppy face slowly. As their puppy’s teeth start to fall out, teething and chewing stuff start to occur. Keep valuable stuff away from them and keep dog toys or bone for them to chew on. At this age, the puppy should be fed 3 meals a day and some treats while training. Do not overfeed them as it may lead to obesity and different health problems.

Cute Shar-Pei puppy sitting
Cute Shar-Pei puppy sitting.
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Continue the Shar-Pei training with some new tricks and commands. The puppy’s attention span will be shortened at this time, so keep the session short and fun. Reinforce them with treats and praises for the good behavior to keep them motivated.

Adolescent Stage (6-12 months)

As soon as the Shar-Pei puppy reaches puberty, it has reached adolescence as well. Their body and face now look more like a full-grown adult. The female Shar-Pei experiences her first heat while the male starts showing more interest in the female during this time. Although breeding is not recommended at this age because their body and mind are not fully developed and might affect their health.

By the time of second year, the Shar-Pei is fully matured sexually, physically, and mentally. This is the perfect age for breeding. Provide them with high-quality adult dog food with all the nutritional needs. He needs exercise regularly, so take him out to a park to play or walk them one time a day.

Vaccination Chart for Shar-Pei

6 to 8 WeeksDistemper, parvovirus
10 to 12 WeeksDHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus, parinfluenza, and parvovirus)
16 to 18 WeeksDHPP, rabies
Every 1 to 2 YearsDHPP
Every 1 to 3 YearsRabies (as required by law)
Vaccination Chart For Shar-Pei.

Vaccination cost for Shar-Pei

The cost of vaccination for your Shar-Pei is between $74-$100 for 6weeks-16 weeks. The cost for rabies vaccine cost between $15-$20.

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