The Brussels Griffon was bred to hunt and kill mice and rats from stables in the 1800s in Brussels, Belgium. They were especially popular with the drivers of horse-drawn cabs in the city. This breed is thought to be related to the English Toy Spaniel, Affenpinscher, Pug, and maybe even the Yorkshire Terrier. They have the large eyes and round head of the Spaniel and the size of the Affenpinscher while the Pug influence is seen in their facial expressions. The Pug and Yorkie are thought to have been contributions to the smooth coated variety while the Affenpinscher contributed the wiry coat. They eventually became popular house pets and although there are three varieties, only the Brussels Griffon is recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). However, the other two, the Belgium Griffon and Petit Brabancon, are recognized in Europe. Both the smooth and rough coated Brussels Griffon was officially recognized by the AKC in 1910, where they are the 97th most popular dog breed. Chinese Shar-Pei originated in China from the Chow Chow and was used as working farm dogs. Their images were found on pottery that dates back to 206 BC, making them one of the oldest Chinese breeds. Some of their talents included hunting vermin, herding livestock, and guarding the home. The Chinese thought the breed’s dark mouth and wrinkled skin could ward off evil spirits. When the population of these dogs started decreasing, a Hong Kong businessman named Matgo Law attracted attention for these handsome animals by putting his in American magazines. They were officially recognized by the AKC in 1992 and are now the 61st most popular breed of dog in America.