Originating in ancient history, the Chinese Shar-Pei nearly went extinct, but persevered....
The ancient ancestors of the Shar-Pei made their humble beginnings during the Han Dynasty in China, way back in 200 BC. The exact details of the Chinese Shar-Peis origins are lost in time, but there is a good chance they are related to the Chow Chow because they are one of the only other breeds to have that distinctive blue-black tongue.
By the time the 13th century rolled around, the dog was mentioned in various writings. The Shar-Peis of olden times were guard dogs and warriors, and their rough, wrinkly skin made it tough for anyone to hold onto them. They were doing great until, during sudden a rough patch in Chinas history, this breed was almost completely wiped out!
In 1968, the Hong Kong Kennel Club starting telling people about the breeds dire situation. As recently as the 1970s, just as things were looking really bad for Shar-Peis, a few pioneering dogs found their way to the United States and became an instant hit. Within a few decades, they found their way from the brink of extinction by becoming a happy, dedicated member of many homes. In fact, Chinese Shar-Peis have become one of the most popular dogs in the US! They were recognized by the AKC in 1992, but dont let the relatively recent date fool you. These dogs have been around for literally thousands of years.