Submitted by foster mom, Deanna

You’re in for a treat. We have puppies! We have not had a whole litter in quite a while. There are a total of six but if you look closely at the photo you will notice two things. That one is not a flowered black and white Shar-Pei but a gentleman of a different breed, a blue nosed pit bull. His name is Boston. And the other is- three black and tan boys, Buzz, Chestnut, & Carmello. The two solid ones are girls, Kona & Buttercup. And here is their story:

Their trip to California started Christmas Eve when an Animal Control officer removed them from under a shed in Arizona. The neighbor had been feeding them but the mom was very emaciated. But she took very good care of her babies, they were fat little puppies. And over the hours it took to drive back to the Bay Area, they fell in love with her and are going to adopt her. That’s part of the perks of volunteering to transport. Transporters fall for their little travelers a lot. So that is why you will see a dog in the “Happy Endings” section that was never posted in the “Our Kids” section.

Now your next question is what about those black and tan boys? Well, we believe they are pure Shar-Pei. The Breed Standard states that the dogs can be of any solid color or sable. But those with a Tan-pointed pattern, Albino, Brindle, Parti-color, or Spotted are to be disqualified ( or So this coloring is in our breed but just not a color that is to the Breed Standard. I have a friend that has a 14 year old pair of Shar-Pei, a brother and sister, which are black and tan. I have their pedigree and I know the breeder. Sometimes things pop-up in a breeding and then that pairing is not bred again. As was the case with my friend’s two dogs. And although we don’t know who the father is, of the litter I am fostering, do not assume that they are a mix.

This family of seven has kept me busy since they have arrived. At first I had to paint the toe nails of the three tan-pointed boys, so I could tell them apart. But over time, things are popping out so I can tell who is who. I sent photos to children in our club (Chinese Shar-Pei Club of Northern California) of a puppy to name. They always have so much fun doing that. Just today I got a note from one of the moms. She said her daughters have been telling their classmates about Shar-Pei rescue and how they got to name some of the puppies. Education starts with the young.

As of the date of this blog we estimate their age to be about 6 ½ weeks old. Boston may be a few days younger. They will be neutered shortly after they reach 12 weeks old. Until then approved adoptive families are welcome and encouraged to visit their puppy until they are able to leave after neutering.

Only people that are approved for adoption will be allowed to visit the puppies.

We will be adding the photos and bios of the individual puppies in the next day or two.