UPDATE: In an interview with Buzzfeed, Park responded to negative comments that claim Tonkey is a “designer dog” resulting from “messing around” with the breed. She said that she would love for everyone to know that this is an ancient breed that overcame a rough history, from dogfighting rings to mass extermination, until finally being rescued by the U.S. She also mentions that they’re huge advocates for dog adoption as their other dog, Maxi, is a rescue dog.
Get ready to squeal — Buzzfeed wrote about Tonkey, the teddy bear, er, Shar Pei, from Edmonton, Canada. He is a bear-coat Shar Pei and looks something like a living stuffed animal. The 4-month-old pup is owned by Christine Park and her boyfriend Dave.
When they were deciding what kind of second dog to get, the couple was surprised that this kind of dog almost went extinct in the 1970s. Tonkey is a “bear-coat” Shar-Pei, which is incredibly rare because their fuzzy features are caused by a recessive gene. Apart from this weird quirk, Tonkey is your run-of-the-mill puppy.
He likes taking baths.
He likes playing outside.
And hanging with his sister, Maxi.
He’s also got 18,000 fans on Instagram! Which isn’t all that surprising considering how cute he is. Just look at him!