The Weim-Pei is a rather rare hybrid breed. Because of this, little is known about how the hybrid came to be. In order to learn more about the Weim-Pei, it is a good idea to study the parent breeds. The Weimaraner was developed in the Weimar area of Germany during the nineteenth century. He was able to scent well, was highly intelligent, and was incredibly agile. Unlike many hunting dogs, the Weimaraner was more inclined to stay close to his human hunting partner. He also proved a great companion away from the hunt as well. In 1897, the first Weimaraner club was organized for those who owned the breed. For a short period of time, a person could not own a Weimaraner unless he belonged to the club. It is believed that several breeds were combined to create the Weimaraner as we know it: the Bloodhound, the English Pointer, the German Shorthaired Pointer, the Great Dane, and the silver Huehnerhund. The first Weimaraners arrived in America around 1929 when American sportsman Howard Knight brought a pair to the United States. In 1942, the Weimaraner Club of America was established, and during that same year, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the Weimaraner. The Chinese Shar-Pei is thought to be an ancient breed; his likeness is depicted in artwork dating as far back as 206 B.C. He is thought to be a descendant of the Chow-Chow due to his characteristic blue-black tongue. The Shar-Pei was used as a guard dog, in hunting, for hunting vermin, and in herding livestock. The Chinese believed his wrinkles and dark mouth warded off evil spirits, and his endurance was appreciated by his handlers. He was able to work all day alongside his human counterparts. At one time, the Shar-Pei faced extinction. However, in 1992, the Chinese Shar-Pei was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, and the breed became popular.