The Shar-Pei is a hunting- and watchdog who exists for centuries.
This breed originates from the surroundings of Guangzhou in China.
The Shar-Pei was mainly used for hunting wild porc and guarding big heards. How old the breed exactly is, no one knows for sure. Shar-Pei's where already drawn on artifacts during the Han dynasty. It's feasible the Shar-Pei can be tracked back to 220 b.c. by examining sculptures, vases and paintings.
In 1947 the breed almost disapeared from the face of the earth. Because of extreme foodshortage the dogtaxes were increased. This decree made it impossible for middle class Chinese to keep their Shar-Pei. So unfortunately the Shar-Pei moved onto the dining table. This time also a law became in use witch says everything that isn't productive (such as dogs and rodents) should be killed.
Through these obviously humanitarian messurements only few Shar-Pei's survived. In the seventies dogtraders started breeding the Shar-Pei with other dogbreeds to get more rinkels. In 1973 in Hong Kong by the Chinese Matgo Law a request for saving the original Shar-Pei breed was introduced, and rescue messurements where taken. On this request more than 200 Americans responded, which caused the American breeding to start.
From Hong Kong the Shar-Pei was shipped to America and all over the world. In 1979 we could greet the first Chinese Shar-Pei in Europe. During the years more and more Shar-Pei breeding clubs where founded whose primary goal was to protect the interests of a good rase. And so also in the Netherlands.