Is It A Dog Or A Lion? Murphy Steals Hearts With His Incredible Mane [Photos]

A Shar-Pei which looks more like a lion than a dog thanks to its incredible mane is stealing hearts at a 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 appearance is more like The Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz than a typical Shar-Pei.

The three-year old was recently taken in by the Dogs Trust in Snetterton, Norfolk, after his owner could no longer keep him.

Staff at the rescue centre have fallen in love with the fluffy animal who is now looking for a new home.

Diane McLelland-Taylor, Dogs Trust Snetterton rehoming centre manager, 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.

“He can be a little unsure of new people and situations at first, but he’s always happy to work for a treat.”