A Shar-Pei named Murphy who looks more like a lion than a dog thanks to his incredible mane is stealing hearts at a Norfolk rescue centre.
The ancient Chinese breed is typically known for having short fur, a blue tongue and plenty of wrinkles.
But Murphy is a rarer bear coat and, as a result of this, his adorable appearance is more like Aslan from The Chronicles of Narnia than a typical Shar-Pei.
The gentle three-year old was recently taken in by the Dogs Trust in Snetterton, Norfolk, after his owner could no longer keep him.
Diane McLelland-Taylor, of Dogs Trust Snetterton, said: ‘Handsome Murphy has so much potential and loves a fuss being made of him and receiving attention when he gets used to you.
‘He is very loyal and affectionate. Murphy is looking for a calm, patient and adult-only home with a family who can support him in becoming a more confident boy.’
Some Shar-Pei have bear coats because of a recessive gene. To qualify, the fur needs to be at least one-inch long but in some places Murphy’s mane is as much as six times this.
The Shar-Pei is one of the world’s oldest dog breeds but nearly became extinct in the 1960s and 1970s under China’s communist government.
It is thought there were as few as 12 left in the world in the early 1970s.
It prompted Hong Kong businessman and Shar-Pei enthusiast Matgo Law to write a letter to the US magazine Dogs in 1973 to highlight the breed’s plight.
A number of Americans then imported puppies and this helped save the Shar-Pei, which was at one time in the Guinness Book of World Records as the rarest breed.
Credits : Daily mail