The Shar-Pei traces its roots to China, 200 BCE, a land of enchantment and magic—of emperors and silks. The dog was popular with farmers and hunters. The sandy coat, loose skin, and small ears helped the breed survive the climate as well as adversities.
In China, the Shar-Pei was valued for its loyalty, companionship, and valor. The dog although small in stature, would take on any adversary to protect his master and all he surveyed. The huntsman had a loyal companion who would hunt along his side.
Said to have descended from the Chow-Chow or the Tibetan mastiff, the Shar-pei is intelligent, strong, and capable.
According to legends, it was the unique facial expression of the dog that scared away thieves and poachers. The blue-black tongue is said to have mystical powers, which protected people from evil spirits.
It was, in the southern provinces of China, in a village called Tai Li, Kwantung province, that the dog was bred as an ideal partner for farmers. The Shar-Pei protected the land and his owner from marauders and helped the farmer wage war on his neighboring landlords.