The Shar-Pei in Germany
German newspapers in 1978, there appeared an article about the Shar-Pei
which was described as the rarest of this race (breed). Several
American breeders, so it was reported, were making an effort to keep
this breed alive.
Right away I
became fascinated by this, and the only thing which bothered me was this:
The dogs shown were very (falty) folded and extreme in type. They were
not grown dogs but pups which seemed as enclosed in their fur coat as
though they were wearing a pair of oversized pajamas. Unknown at that
time was that the fully grown dogs naturally were creased (foldy). This
visual experience too I would make much later.
1 Vice. of the Club for Exotic breeds e.V. took on the responsibility to
contact Shar-Pei breeders in the U.S.A., and sev eral breeders were
contacted via mail. Some did, or would not answer at all, otheres first
wanted a deposit, in order to appear on the list for pups. Pictures
were mailed to us that looked far from how a Shar-Pei should look. Others
envisioned a price one would need to pay for a good used car.
received a letter from Ellen Weathers Debo who in detail described the
breed and who mailed us several pictures which were very nice. We felt
good and this feeling did not disappoint us. Together, (Mr. Weinberg
and I) decided to purchase the male dog Bedlam´s Lover Boy. He was
black and on his sides had a little grey gradation. Ellen Weathers Debo
described him exactly, she also criticized the dog´s somewhat too soft
hair which, according to her, should be shorter. Bedlam´s Lover Boy was
the son of Shir Du Sam Ku, one of the most successful stud-dogs in the
U.S.A., and the bitch Bedlam´s Yo Ki Hi.
waiting game began. Bedlam´s Lover Boy did not - would not- arrive. During
that time I began to realize that we had bought a male dog and that with
a stud-dog alone,one can not in the future built a kennel.
In short, I
called Ellen Weathers Debo and asked when Boy Boy, thus he was to be
called, would actually arrive, and if I in the future could buy a bitch
from her. The lady breeder answered that Bedlam´s Lover Boy was to
arrive in a week´s time, and that she had also a black bitch named
Bedlam´s Love Song which she would sent along. She too was a daughter
of Shir Du Sam Ku and of the bitch Ausable´s China Blue.
In July 1979,
I picked up the first Shar-Pei of Europe from the airport in Hamburg and
the great adventure Shar-Peis could begin. Both dogs were enchanting
creatures and happy. Lover Boy had a somewhat softer brush coat and
Love Song an extreme horse coat which was not pleasent to the touch. Both
dogs had good eyes, the male a deep blue tongue; his half-sister had a
spotty tongue and both had a full mouth of teeth. At once a large press
gathering began and both dogs were featured in most papers. Our pedigree
dogs, imported from the U.S.A. were featured for one-half a page by the
VDH. The first vice. from the club not only praised but initiated and
proclaimed the Shar-Peis as the big winners at the Federal Breeder´s
Show (Bundes Sieger Zucht Schau) of 1979 in Essen. The public´s interest
was enorm, not only for the dogs alone, but also for their interest to
buy a pup.
meantime did we begin to have contact with Matgo Law in Hongkong and in
the Spring 1980, two males Down -Homes´Cream Zulu and Zambo, sons of
Down-Homes´´Prince of Darness and the bitch Dragon Lady Jasmin of Gun
Club came to us. Both males were cream-colored, with strong bodies and
very friendly natured. Zambo had problems with his eyes and Mrs. Schlueb
from Switzerland who had purchased him, had to take him right after his
arrival for a Entropium operation. Both dogs had almost no molars nor
pre-molars in their mouth, but brought along as hostess gifts hundreds
of black spiders which had attached themselves on the dogs´skin.
thereafter came Down-Homes´ Baeng Baeng, a daughter of Down-Homes´Jim
Jade and the bitch Down-Homes´Black Wong to Germany to Mrs. Gertrud
Schlauderer in Munich. Baeng Baeng was fawn-colored and had, in my
opinion, serious skin problems, which caused her demise at age 7 months.
Mrs. Schlauderer in exchange received from Matgo Laws the female
Down-Homes´Ego, the daughter of the male Down-Home´Royal Zeal and from
the same bitch as was Baeng Baeng.
In the summer
of 1980, we got the bitch from Down-Homes´Pak Pak Chu, a daughter of the
male Down-Homes´Quicksilvea and the bitch Down-Homes´Milky W Star II. I
was so shocked when I looked and saw this sad bundle of dog at the
airport. My first trip was to the vet. Cramps and a bloody diarrhoea shook
this poor animal. An at the spot transfusion saved her life. After
these many bad experiences we decided not to import any more dogs from
Hongkong. Down-Homes´Pak Pak Chu had a very short coat of hair, (horse
coat), a good head with a little polstered fang, ears that were too
large, clear open eyes, a deep blue tongue and a complete set of teeth.
Her body was compacted with straight front legs and first rate angled
hind quarters. She was cream-colored and proved certain of good
hereditary succession. She died two month before her 13th birthday and
was, after her arrival and her rescue in Hamburg never sick.
By now the
Club of Exotic Pure Breds e.V. had received from the VDH the permission
to care and to control the Shar-Pei breed. One could think of breeding.
The kennel “Tsihmao´s was founded. The name means “Porcupine, “ the
impression I had when I first held my first Shar-Pei in my arms.
Joachim Weinberg and I decided together to raise this breed. Bedlam´s
Love Song came in heat and it was planned to mate her with Bedlam´s
Lover Boy. A difficult task because Lover Boy behaved bungling and
awkward. Finally it worked and on the night from the 22 to the 23 of
September, 1980, the big occasion happened. The first Shar-Pei litter in
Europe was borne. Three males and one female.Three black and one
cream-colored pup. Bedlam´s Love Song, in the meantime renamed “Tam Tam³
was an excellent mother, she was examplary and provided well for her
offspring. Two of her males went to privat homes, one I kept. This one
had, at the beginning of the 7th months, skin problems and died at 9
months on rectum degeneration.
Tsihmao´s Ah Ling went to Mrs. Anneliese Broekel, who founded the
breeding station “Dah-Let´s. Out of the first breeding of Ah-Ling with
Down-Homes´Cream Zulu came Lux. Ch Da-Let´s-Asha who later pregnant
was exported to England, where she., still in quarantine, gave birth to
8 pups, and 7 of them she successfully raised. Mrs. Broekel bred only 5
litters in all before she unexpectedly passed away.By now the second
litter was planned by us and on March 10,1981, Bedlam´s Love Song became
4 males and 2 females after Down-Homes´Cream Zulu.
Mr. Weinberg and I ended our combined breeding association. He took
Love-Son and Cream Zulu and the bitch Tsihmao´s Boom Boom, with whom he
founded his breeding station “Kung-Fu´s³ In this station 10 Shar-Peis
were bred. Successful dogs from this kennel went later to Italy,
France, Spain and England. Ch. Tsihmao´s B´fuo-Shi went to Ursula and
Baldur Ross who founded their kennel called “Samurai´s.³ Out of this
first line came Samurai´s Ah Tang Li, he proved himself a good
progenitor. His sibling Samurai´s A Feng Zeng of Tsihmao´s was exported
to England, and there became for four years top stud-dog with numerous
prizes as well as numerous descendents.
Dutzi imported 1981 , the male dog Down-Homes Gam Guard and the female
Down-Homes Lok EE from Hongkong. During the same year the female
Down-Homes Ho EE was also imported from Hongkong by Guenter Sawatzki.
In 1981 became Down-Homes´Pak Pak her first litter after Bedlam´s Lover
Boy. There were 5 pupsout of which were one each male and one female
spotted. The spotted male went to Berlin to be privately owned, and the
female I gifted to someone in Denmark. There she became the
ancesstress to the very successful kennel “Starmaker,³ later “Rabjerg³
von B. Madsen and S. Rabjerg. Out of this litter originated also the
very successful black male dog Ch. Tsihmao´s Chuan Hey, who
exhibition-owned went to Berlin. The female Tsihmao´s Chin Se went to
the Broekel´s kennel “Da-Let´s".
In the between
time had Mr. Weinberg, together with Dr. Huber worked out a standard
(norm )and had submitted the same to the FCI. This standard (norm) was
accepted at the 1981 Worldexhibit as interim standard (norm). Thus was
the Shar-Pei breed given the possibility to attain a national title. This
standard (norm) was modeled after the Koowlon a Hong Kong Association
Standard and was binding all FCI countries. In 1982 did Down-Homes´Pak
Pak have her second the D-litter after the Worldchampion ´81
Tsihmao´s Deng Hsiou. He, later on, became champion. His brother Deng
Yee was exported to Holland´s kennel Hadimassa and became there a
successful stud-dog. His sister went to England to Nigel Marsh and
Terry Purse, and his brother Deng Ho went also to England to the
Ligget´s kennel “Heathstyle".
England had entered onto the Shar-Pei scene. Heathstyle´s Dandelion
came from the U.S.A., and he was the first Shar-Pei in Great Briton. The
first and only female which came from Hongkong and which was recognized
by the Kennel Club, was the female Down-Homes´Junoeque of Heathstyle.
In my oppinion was she the best Shar-Pei which I have ever seen from
Matgo Law. Sorry to say, she did not become very old. After an
exhibition Heather Ligget found her,dead, she was poisened.
Out of the
first litter from these two Enlish people I got the male Heathestyle´s
Dragonwort, who proved himself a good show as well as stud-dog.
The female Ch.
Tsihmao´s Nua Mulan, owned by Isabelle Pizzamiglio, was the first
champion of Italy. Ch. Tsihao´s Hu Tie also proved a good breeder with
her son Tsihmao´s Pu Yi, who too was exported to Italy. He, together
with Ch. Nua Mulan, had an important influence on the Italien Shar-Pei
international champion female Tsihmao´s Hung Pao Shi lived in Denmark.
Mrs. Gertrud Schlauderer in 1982, imported the female Bablo´s Mei -Lo
and then the male Bablo´s Shogun from the U.S.A. The latter became
VDH-Champion and proved himself in southern Germany a sucessful stud-dog
with 50 descendants. Out of the first litter of Bablo´s Shogun and
Down-Homes´Ego became the World-Champion Winner of 1985 in Amsterdam
Chung lieh Tu´s Anchin San. His father Shgun came to be 11 1/2 years
Hans Peter and
Isolde Brusis started their kennel “vom Oekonom" with the female Wong
Tschi Hi from Kuku Hoto. She was bred and reared in Switzerland and a
daughter from Down-Homes Gam Guard and Down-Homes´LOK EE. named Wong
Tsch Hi. Baerle was a successful show female and her descendants were
worthy of note. In the meantime , Mrs. Ella Eid from the kennel “Kwun
Tung´s" had discovered her interest in the Shar-Pei and imported from
Switzerland Mei Lings Biao, daughter of Ch. Down-Homes´Zambo and Ho Wun
Swiss. From the first litter, after Heathstyle´s Dragonwort , only one
female named Kwun Tung´s Al Jen was realized. Later, Ella Eid
cross-bred "vom Oekonom" dogs in order to fasten their head type. Eva
Maria Kemper already had bred Afghans successfully. She began her
Shar-Pei breeding with a female from the kennel “ von Kuku Hoto" and
imported the male Gold´s Bi Go Quai from the U.S.A., a son from Yu Me-Te
Man of Tzo Tzo and Down-Homes´Oriental Pearl.
Bi Guai turned
out to be one successful stud-dog. With his daughter Gouma di Domus
Animula Petra Mahret began, by the side , to successfully breed
bullterriers with her kennel “Ordensjaeger. In the first liter, after
Ch. Bedlam´s Lover Boy, had Gouma a beautiful medal hunter and tempel
herder, he was also a dominant stud-dog. His son Ch Tsihmoa´s Pu Yi
was the second champion of this breed in Italy. Mr. Mahret, after
another litter with her female,gave up breeding further Shar-Peis.
Shar-Pei breeders split away from the Club for Exotic Breeds e.V. and
founded the I German Shar-Pei Club 1985 e.V. To date I have been unable
to ascertain whether or not the split has benefitted the Shar-Peis in
Germany. Still, the Shar-Pei breed has established itself in the German
world of dogs. But not to the extent as has been the case in the U.S.A.
Linda and Love Song
Linda and Joachim
with Lover Boy and Love Song