today, my friend pulled out this Life magazine from the 1970's. it had two adorable Shar Pei on the cover, and included an article about "rare" dog breeds. i found it pretty interesting.
the dogs that were included were the Shar Pei, Neo Mastiff, Aussie, JRT, Loewchen (they called it the little lion dog), and Portuguese Water Dog.

of the dogs, the Shar Pei and Neo barely looked like the dogs we know today. the Pei had almost no snout, just a normal dog nose. not much of the black pigment around the face either. it was adorable, but totally unlike the breed we know today. the Neo looked more like a Cane Corso than a Neo. it hardly had any of the skin folds that the modern Neo has.

the JRT was pretty long in the body, but the picture was of him jumping and twisting to catch a tennis ball, so it was hard to tell. the Aussie looked exactly like an Aussie, and the PWD was swimming with only his nose and eyes exposed, so that was hard to tell too.
anyway, i thought it was pretty cool to see which dogs were rare enough that most americans wouldn't recognize them. especially when at least two of the breeds are common enough that there's one in every neighborhood.

-kelly
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the Pei had almost no snout, just a normal dog nose.

I know at least 4 Shar Peis who look like that; must be somebody around here breeding a more normal/old-fashioned type.
not much of the black pigment around the face either.

Erm... I think the black pigment is just a color variation.
the JRT was pretty long in the body,

Plenty of them still like that... despite the efforts of the JRTAA et al, there's still tremendous variation in the breed, thank goodness.
today, my friend pulled out this Life magazine from the 1970's. it hadtwo adorable Shar Pei on the cover, and included an article about "rare" dog breeds. i found it pretty interesting.

I remember that magazine, I think. My Aunt & Uncle that lived up in Washington had a Shar Pei back in the early 80's. My uncle had seen some while he was in Asia in the early 70's and had always liked them. He & his wife obtained one shortly after they married, I think I was maybe 12...so around 1981'ish?
I remember my Aunt showing me that her dog was the same as the one on the magazine, maybe that was how she first saw them and was talked into it by my uncle. :-)
I remember how cute it was as a puppy, and that it had bad allergies when it was older. I can't even remember his name, but they did get another one a few years later, and they did show for a bit. They currently have Pugs, I think, that shey occasionally show now, and still live up around the Sound somewhere.
Shelly & The Boys
the Pei had almost no snout, just a normal dog nose.

I know at least 4 Shar Peis who look like that; must be somebody around here breeding a more normal/old-fashioned type.

My Pei, who is a pet quality but had show-quality
littermates, does not have the fat-padded "hippo lips."

flick 100785
Aussies were still rare when I bought my first in the mid eighties. I had owned Shelties, Corgis, GSD, etc. and had done obedience, 4-H, an so on. Oddly enough, I knew a Shar Pei fancier who gave me a co ownership on a very nice ***, but I was allergic to her and did not love her lack of focus on me and what I wanted and so gave her back. I contacted an old time Corgi breeder who had taught us obedience in 4-H (I used to go with her to shows to be on the clean up committee! LOL) and complained about my disappointment.

I wanted something smart, attractive and protective (just graduated HS, single, living along, going to college sort of thing) and GSD were too big, I didn't want to have to pick up a Sheltie and run with it... She asked me if I'd ever seen an Aussie (I hadn't) and she told me to go find a rare breeds book. I went that afternoon and fell in love standing in the bookstore aisle. I still have that book somewhere.. or what's left of it anyway.
But yes, hard to believe today that Aussies might have ever been considered "rare".
Thanks for posting this.. a trip down memory lane Emotion: smile

Robin
Howdy All,
This brings up the question : The breed that all of you are in, how far back do you have to look in your breeds past to find changes?=BF

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Aussies were still rare when I bought my first in the mid eighties.

That amazes me. Maybe they were more common out here in So. Cal. before then? Because I can't specifically ever remember a time when I wasn't familiar with the breed, at least back to the early 80's when my sister had one, and I don't remember it being particularly noted as a "rare" breed. I do remember when Shar Pei were rare - lots of images of the cute, wrinkly pups and stories of the exotic, expensive dogs. I was suprised the first time I saw an adult one, as they didn't seem particularly attractive to me, and I loved the puppies.
Christy
Howdy All, This brings up the question : The breed that all of you are in, how far back do you have to look in your breeds past to find changes?¿

25 years or so for Shelties. Earlier dogs were more natural looking, lessheavily coated, less bone, more refined heads. In the late 70's one breeder allegedly did some crosses with Smooth Fox Terrier and the dogs began to have more heavy heads, fuller underjaws, etc. (I don't know the rumor was true but SFT heads DO look an awful lot like current Sheltie heads!!) The Shelties of the 60's and 70's look very different from today's dogs, and not in a good way. Internationally, there is a huge difference in type as well - our dogs in North America don't look like any other Shelties.

Christy
Aussies were still rare when I bought my first in the mid eighties.

That amazes me. Maybe they were more common out here in So. Cal. before then? Because I can't specifically ever ... first time I saw an adult one, as they didn't seem particularly attractive to me, and I loved the puppies.

Our family had an Aussie that we got from people giving away puppies in front of a store in the late 70's. The people even knew the correct name for the breed, though I had never heard of the breed before. I hadn't seen a dog like that before, either, but it's not like I was active in the dog world at the time or anything.

Paula
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