This article was written and published by , owner of Dragongate Kennel in Hongkong. Mr. Li explains, why Blue Shar-Pei in China and Hong Kong are not estimated, although they apply in other countries as a rare and very valuable. The publication of this paper from Mr. Li’s memories is only possible, because Mr. , also from Hong Kong, has written down and translated this story from Mr. Li into english.
In foreign countries, Grey Shar Pei is often called Blue Shar Pei, while Dark Brown Shar Pei is called Tan Shar Pei. They are both treasures due to their rareness. However, the experienced Shar Pei keepers and breeders in China and Hong Kong call Grey Shar Pei the “Monk’s Robe”; and Dark Brown Shar Pei the “Tobacco Snuff”, both are not widely welcomed by us.
So why we don’t like them? Because Shar Pei in these two colors are usually cowardly and with bad characters, their eye colors are also lighter. I was consulted by Mr. Chiu Kee in many years ago. While my wife and I were chatting about Shar Pei with him, I asked uncle Kee: “Which Shar Pei color you like most and wich color you dislike most?”
Uncle Kee answered: “I dislike most the Monk’s Robe (grey) and Tobacco Snuff (dark brown), because they always have small chicken eyes with too light eye color, as poor as the Sandy Yellow Clam.”
I asked: “So which is your favoured Shar Pei coat color among yellow, black and white?” Uncle Kee said: “I like most the mat yellow and the golden yellow.” I asked: “Why?”
Uncle Kee folowed: “Mat yellow and golden yellow always come with Lampwick Green, Strong Tea or Chestnut eyes (complementary eye colors with good character and fighting ability).”
I asked further: “Why is white your last choice after yellow and black?”
Uncle Kee answered again: “Ah Wah (my nickname), I started keeping Shar Pei since the 1930’s, I have see uncountable dogs, but until now I still haven’t seen a white dog with black eyes, black tongue, black nose, black beard and black claw, only if a white Shar Pei has these five blacks must be a superior Shar Pei, otherwise it is just an ordinary.”
Mr. Chiu Kee and Mr. Tse Shing Wai are two of the most experienced Shar Pei keepers and breeders, who I knew from Dai Lek (or Dali, Shar Pei’s place of origin) since the 1970’s and they have reached the highest boundary about Shar Pei of all people I have met.