You could say it’s ironic that the Shar-Pei’s skin is so wrinkly, given that this is one of the most ancient breeds of dogs that we know about. It is thought they date back to the Han Dynasty in Southern China and that they’re even featured in artwork dating as far back as 200 BC.
The Shar-Pei was originally bred to be a farming and hunting dog. In the last century, they faced the threat of extinction when the communist regime in China outlawed them during the revolution. Fortunately for them (and us), keen American breeders assisted by importing them en masse into the United States.
Today, they’re no longer in danger of disappearing. Just as well, as we don’t know what we’d do without these adorable pets.