I was talking to my sister last night, she is looking a getting a Shar Pei, I am concerned about this decision! She has based her decision on the rolly dog and the fact that she likes the way they look.
They live in inner Melbourne, have a small courtyard and 2 sons aged 9 and 6 and a daughter almost 4, she is also pregnant again. Both her and her husband work full time, she will take 12 weeks off when she has this baby but intends to return to work as soon as she can.
My concerns are that the dog is not going to be socialized or exercised enough, she is not going to have the time to look after it properly, it is going to end up locked in a small yard and have little interaction and that the dog is going to get grumpy at the kids or be so excited to see them it is going to hurt them.
I know there are a lot of people with far more experience than i have and some people that have experience with Pei's that can help me better understand the issues so i can put an impassioned arguement to her and hopefully prevent some one on her having to rescue an older, bad mannered dog!
Thanks in advance