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206 BC~220 AD - Han Dynasty - Clay figurines found in burial sites thought to be representative of the Shar-Pei.

1260~1368 - Mongol Dynasty - Emperor Yuan destroys 140,000 ancient books and much potential history of the breed.

1368~1644 - Ming Dynasty - Famine and wars reduce dog ownership and interest (except for food).

1893~1976 - Mao Tse-Tung - Life span of what many consider the most powerful (and cruel) man to ever rule.

1947 - A heavy tax is imposed on companion pets in China to discourage ownership. Only the wealthy own pets.

1949 - Communism and Mao Tee-Tung take over China and raises dog taxes on the existing dogs. Later he orders a mass extermination of all breeds.

1950's - Some of the breed were smuggled off Main Land China and survived in small numbers on the islands of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan but ironically many were used in dog fighting rings.

1960's - The Chinese Shar-Pei is virtually extinct with only a few specimens existing.

1965 - Aug. 14 - (ABDA #001) Lucky is whelped to Sire: Blue Mynah of Taileh (HKKC #7596). Dam: Jones' Chow Chow (HKKC #8685 A). Breeder C.M. Chung - Jones' Kennel, Hong Kong.

1966 - Mar. 10 - (ABDA #003) J.C. Smiths Bigoo is whelped to Sire: Jones' Keeland (HKKC #9927). Dam: Jones' Chow Chow (HKKC #8685 A). Breeder C.M. Chung - Jones' Kennel, Hong Kong.

1966 - Mar. 10 - (ABDA #005) Darwin D. Smith's Faigoo is whelped to Sire: Jones' Keeland (HKKC #9927). Dam: Jones' Chow Chow (HKKC #8685 A). Breeder C.M. Chung - Jones' Kennel, Hong Kong.

1966 - Nov. 1 - (ABDA #002) Gwennala Pitt's Boby is whelped to Sire: Jones' Keeland (HKKC #9927). Dam: Jones' Jane (HKKC #8699). Breeder C.M. Chung - Jones' Kennel, Hong Kong.

1966 - Nov. 26 - (ABDA #004) J.C. Smiths Roro is whelped to Sire: Eagles Wing of Taileh (HKKC #6740). Dam: Jones' Buty. Breeder C.M. Chung - Jones' Kennel, Hong Kong.

1966 - Lucky is exported to new owner Herman Smith, Fresno, CA, and is thought to be the first Chinese Shar-Pei to arrive in the United States. Thereafter known as Herman Smith's Lucky. Lucky is one of the five exports mentioned below.

1966~1967 - C.M. Chung, Jones Kennel, exports five Shar-Pei to the US. Three of the five are registered with the HKKA (Hong Kong/Kowloon Kennel Association).

1966 + - Late 60's the Guinness Book of World Records list the Shar-Pei as the worlds rarest breed.

1966 - The Hong Kong Kennel Club discontinues registration of the Shar-Pei due to current applications no longer resembling the former registrars.

1968~1970 - Three litters are whelped and the pups registered with the ADBA.

1970 - Oct. 8 - Herman Smith's Lucky, is registered by the ADBA (American Dog Breeders Association) as a Chinese Fighting Dog four years after his arrival as the first Shar-Pei to America. This was a courtesty to Herman Smith and the ADBA opened a brand new stud book, Vol. I, for the breed and issued "Lucky" # 001.00. Not to be confused with on the same day the ABDA registered 2 dogs to J.C. Smith, named Bigoo (#003) and Roro (#004) and Faigoo (#005) was registered to Darwin D. Smith. These 5 Imports as well as 4 of their adult offspring were registered on this day and a lot of them to people named Smith.

1971 - Jan. - 14 dogs are now registered with ADBA as a Chinese Fighting Dogs.

1971 - May - The May issue of Dogs Magazine accidently falls into the hands of Matgo Law. Focusing on rare breeds and claiming that Shar-Pei photos shown were possibly one of the last examples of the breed.

1973 - Apr. - The April issue of Dogs Magazine contains a plea from Matgo Law for compassionate US breeders to assist in helping rescue this vanishing breed.

1973 - Jul. 6 - The first Shar-Pei imported from Down-Homes Kennel. Mr. and Mrs. Victor Seas receive Down-Homes Kung Fu.

1973 - Aug. 20 - The second Shar-Pei imported from Down-Homes Kennel. The Albrights receive Down-Homes Mui Chu and a few weeks later receive Down-Homes China Souel.

1973 - Oct. 21 - Lois Alexander receives the third Down-Homes export when Down-Homes Little Pea arrives at the San Francisco airport. She is pregnant Hong Kong after being bred to her father, Down-Homes Sweet Pea in Hong Kong.

1973 - Dec. 29 - Down-Homes Little Pea whelps the first litter of US Shar-Pei pups from the Down-Homes Kennel stock but none of these pups live past the age of 3 years old.

1973 - Dec. - Down-Homes Mui Chu becomes the first Shar-Pei to be shown in the United States when she appears at the Golden Gate Kennel Club Show.

1974 - Jan. - The Albrights receive their 2nd dog, Down-Homes China Souel, from Matgo Law.

1974 - Jan. 26 - There are 27 known Shar-Pei in the United States owned by 13 individuals.

1974 - Apr. 26 - CSPCA Meeting 1: The Original Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America is formed after a meeting of Mr. & Mrs. John Purcell, Mr. Ernest Albright and Mrs. Lois Alexander meet at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Carl Sanders in Ashland, OR (absent: Tom Parker). The name Chinese Shar-Pei was decided as the breed name and the name Chinese Shar-Pei Club of America (CSPCA) was chosen for the organizations name.

1974 - Apr. 26 - There are 27 known Shar-Pei in the United States owned by 13 individuals.

1974 - Jul. 27 - CSPCA Meeting 2: The Original CSPCA appoints Renee Lew as representative to the AKC as preparations are made to meet compliance and have the Chinese Shar-Pei be recognized by the AKC.

1974 - Nov. 3 - CSPCA Meeting 3: At the Albrights home the members decide that the Shar-Pei should be shown in the Non-Sporting Group, set up a point system for the Specialty Match and decide to join the National Rare Breed Club.

1975 - Apr. - The "Barker", the offical CSPCA Magazine, published it's first issue.

1976 - Jan. - Down-Homes Mui Chu the 2nd dog to be imported, the 2nd to be registered and the 1st to be shown at dog shows, dies of bloat.

1976 - Feb. 22 - CSPCA Meeting 4: The Original CSPCA now has 19 members and passes the Official Standard of the Chinese Shar-Pei which will be effective for 5 years until 1981 which is an AKC required guideline.

1976 - Nov. 9 - The CSPCA issues it's first registration number to Down-Homes China Souel owned by the Albrights.

1977 - Apr. 23 - CSPCA Meeting 5: Earnest Albright was elected President of the CSPCA, VP: Walter (Dugan) Skinner, Secretary: Darlene Wright and Registrar: Dee Seas.

1977 - Sep. - Dog Fancy Magazine features the Albrights Ling Ling on the front cover.

1978 - Guinness Book of World Records, for the second time, lists the Shar-Pei still as the "rarest breed of dog in the world". Chen Cheu, owned by Shirley & Dugan Skinner, was pictured.

1978 - Ernest Albright's "Tara" becomes the first Shar-Pei to star in a movie when at 3 months old she plays "Li Chien Wu" with Tim Conway and Will Geer in Disney's "Billion Dollar Hobo". Kong was also featured in this movie. Click Here to see the Poster.

1978 - Jun. 17 - CSPCA Meeting 6: Held in conjunction with the Chinese Shar-Pei First Specialty Show. 63 Shar-Pei, with 46 competing, represent 1/3 of the entire Shar-Pei population in America. Best of Breed went to Walnut Lane's China Foo owned by Victor & Dee Seas. The show was later voided due to AKC regulations regarding notifications to members (The CSPCA was still under a probationary 5 year period required for AKC acceptance).

1978 - Shortly after the 1st Specialty show the CSPCA splits up into two clubs over a disagreement and each group maintains their own standards and registry.

1979 - Linn's Ping CD, owned by Dick & Zell Llewellyn appears in Life Magazine.

1979 - Jan. - Life Magazine features a Shar-Pei on the cover and the title "Rare Breeds".

1979 - Jan. 1 - The CSPCA has registered dogs in 21 states.

1979 - Jul. 1 - Matgo Law judges his first American Dog Show, the 1979 Annual Specialty Show, in San Juan Capistrano, CA.

1979 - Feb. - The Official Standard of the Original CSPCA, adopted on 2/22/1976 is sent to it's members.

1979 - Nov. 22 - The first Shar-Pei imported into USA from Down-Homes Kennel, Down-Homes Kung Fu, aka "Stormy" dies of bloat.

1980 - Jan. 1 - The CSPCA has registered dogs in 37 states.

1981 - Jan. 1 - The CSPCA has registered dogs in 44 states.

1981 - Hon. CH Linn's Ping becomes first Shar-Pei to win an obedience title. This was repeated when she was 10 years old under AKC guidelines.

1982 - Jan. 1 - The Original CSPCA and Second CSPCA reconcile their differences and their registries to again become one club. The breed standard is revised. Dogs must have both parents registered with the CSPCA to be eligible for registration. All references to Chow Chow and Fighting Dog are removed. To date the CSPCA has registered dogs in 49 states.

1983 - Neiman-Marcus features Chinese Shar-Pei puppies in its Christmas catalog for $2,000.00 each and they are so popular the store has to hire two full-time secretaries to take orders.

1985 - The UKC (United Kennel Club), the second largest registry in the US, opens their registry to the Chinese Shar-Pei.

1987 - Apr. - The CSPCA membership roster has 5497 voting members with 30 applications per week. The Shar-Pei is no longer the rarest breed in the world.

1988 May 4 - The Shar-Pei was admitted to the Miscellaneous Class of AKC recognized dog shows.

1990 - The CSPCA revises the Breed Standard. It now has over 40,000 members.

1990 - Nov. - Matgo law judges show in Phoenix, AZ and issues statement regarding standard breed colors which eliminates the possibility of "flowered" Shar-Pei being recognized or accepted.

1991 - Jul. - The CSPCA has over 70,000 dog registrations.

1991 - Oct. 8 - American Kennel Club approves revised breed standard.

1992 - Jan. 1 - AKC accepts Chinese Shar-Pei into the Non-Sporting Group.

1992 - Aug. 1 - The Chinese Shar-Pei is allowed to compete and takes it's place as the 134th Breed recognized by the AKC.

1994 - There are more than 6600 litters registered with the AKC from 15,000 individuals placing the Shar-Pei ranking the breed 25th of 137 breeds for popularity.

1995 - Feb. 28 - The AKC reports there are 127,666 Shar-Pei now registered with 1300 pup new pups being registered each month.