Our Newest Drama Queen & Rich Bitch Breed...the Chinese Shar-Pei
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The Chinese Shar-Pei Was Once the Rarest Dog on Earth
Chinese Shar-Pei were declared the rarest dog in the world in the late 1970s. If you've poked around a bit here you may have seen I was fortunate enough to share my life with a few Chinese Shar-Pei in the early to mid-1990s. So, I still have a soft spot for the loyal, intelligent dogs.
There was one man in Hong Kong, Matgo Law, who single-handedly saved the Chinese Shar-Pei from extinction. He tirelessly contacted journalists, dog fanciers and anyone he thought could help save the dogs. His concerns were well-founded as China was taking control of Hong Kong and with their rule would come crushing taxes on dogs. Life Magazine wrote an article on the breed and featured a Shar-Pei on the cover in 1979.
THE 1983 Neiman-Marcus Catalog
Then in 1983 Neiman-Marcus featured Chinese Shar-Pei puppies in their annual Christmas catalog and it was insanity! Side Note: I was living in Dallas at that time and working in the fashion industry and that is ALL anyone was talking about. To this day, many people refer to Chinese Shar-Pei as the "Neiman's Dog."
Puppies were sold for $2000, which would be almost $6,000 in our 2022 dollars. Neimans supposedly had to hire two phone operators just to take the Shar-Pei puppy orders! Of course, there were strongly held opinions on both sides. The Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America was not pleased, as that type of puppy sales is directly against their by-laws/rules.
The good that came of it was a dog breed that was on the brink of being lost was saved to flourish. Today, the Chinese Shar-Pei has safe numbers to be able to breed happier, healthier wrinkled dogs for years to come.
Chinese Shar-Pei Drama Queen & Rich Bitch Dog Shampoo
In honor of all the brouhaha that surrounded the Chinese Shar-Pei in the 1980s, we are adding them to the ranks of our Drama Queen and Rich Bitch Shampoo and Soap collection. The PERFECT gift for the drama loving dog lover in your life!