Why Harem Intrigue When You Can Just Raise a Dog Instead 宫斗不如养条狗 by Feng Liu Shu Dai 風流書呆

Audiobook: [removed from ximalaya]
Total Audiobook Segments:  88
Translated: [novelupdates]

Book Introduction (from Novel Updates)

The “Dog Emperor” gets adopted by his fake “Favored Consort.” This story follows their story as they experiences all sorts of trials in the imperial harem and find true love.

P.S. Only the dog emperor will be abused in mind and body, the female lead will not be abused.

The dog king will recover his human body.

This is not a legitimate harem drama novel – there will be love, there will be pampering.

Enormous silver platters, shocking melodramas, all part of the package.

Looking at his own concubines and imperial offspring from a doggy’s perspective:

Who used to be the sweet and gentle eloquent flower turns out to be a venus fly trap behind the scenes.

Who used to be the filial and courteous, intelligent and adorable imperial princes and princesses transform into demons in a flash.

The progression (of the story) overturns understandings and unmask countless illusions.

But by the protection of the gods, the dog emperor met a healing owner. Although the path is rough, the end is pleasant.


  • Meng Sang Yu (孟桑榆) – FL, the “favoured consort” known as the “Virtuous Consort” of Emperor Zhou Wu (ML). In actual fact she is a shield used by the Emperor to protect his “true love”/childhood friend, Chen Hui Ru. Throughout the whole novel she does not realise or find out that her beloved A’Bao is the Emperor. Therefore she had no idea why the Emperor would have a sudden personality change after waking up from his coma. She does not and cannot trust him with good reason – she has been used as a shield for 3 or so years. As a shield, she’s been poisoned, given “pregnancy prevention” drugs, blamed, framed and hurt, all while knowing that she’s only being used. The ML had no idea that she knew she was a shield until he became A’Bao. Later on when the ML “wakes up” from his coma, he has a 180 degree personality change which makes the FL super wary. In her mind, the ML is up to more schemes therefore she finds it hard to trust him. It wasn’t until the end that she finally put down her guard and gives him a chance.
  • Gu Shaoze (古邵泽) /A’Bao (阿宝)/Emperor Zhou’wu (周武帝) – ML, the Emperor who had his soul transferred to a poodle pup after a horse riding accident. As the Emperor he did not trust the FL and her family, thinking that they are not loyal to him. As a pup he learns of the FL’s actual personality and realises how wrong he was before. He goes from not trusting, to dependent and finally literally a loyal dog (excuse the pun XD) to the FL. While he was a pup he learns of how two-face all his concubines are, including his “true love”. He also discovers the FL’s real side and falls in love with her. At first he felt guilt but eventually it turns into love and a very strong determination to protect her. ML eventually goes back into his body after the Eunuch he used to trust kills A’Bao. After he wakes up in his own body again, he sets off to right all the wrongs he did to FL and at the same time deal with Chen Hui Ru and her father.
  • Chen Hui Ru (沈慧茹) – Second FL, the Emperors “true love”. She’s the white lotus of the novel. While the ML was in a coma she and his trusted guards came up with a plan to put a substitute Emperor in place (face changing mask) to make sure the kingdom doesn’t go into chaos. At first, her intentions were good, however they quickly change as time ticks on. As the ML’s “true love” she always hated that the ML favoured the FL, not knowing that he did that all for her. She felt unjust, jealous and disappointed in ML so she decided to take over the kingdom. She controlled the fake Emperor and actually made the fake sleep with most of ML’s concubines out of spite. In the end she herself also slept with the fake because she wanted to get pregnant so that eventually she can put her son and eventually herself onto the throne. This of course all backfires on her when the ML wakes up from his coma. By then, he knew the real her and knew of what she’s done while he was A’Bao. She eventually dies after months(?) of torture – the ML sent her to the cold palace and left her half dead. He “allowed” the other concubines to go torture her for what she did to them (made fake emperor sleep with them so they are no longer “pure”).

More spoilers?

I’ve posted a few spoilers in the novelupdates spoilers thread for those interested =) I will try to reply to those who request specific details – too hard to spoil without direction!


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