Why Harem Intrigue When You Can Just Raise a Dog Instead


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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.

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.

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New meiloulou rated it
May 26, 2020
Status: c35
Having seen this novel recommended in most of the lists I like, I decided to give it a try, despite my reluctance. What's with an Emperor changing into a dog? The idea is weird, and doesn't sound interesting at all.

Boy, was I wrong! This novel is surprisignly a hiddem gem! The writing is quick, descriptive but not overly so. The relationship between the Consort and (dog) Emperor is just a cute owner towards a smarter pet from her perspective. From his perspective, he is learning the true hearts of his... more>> women, subordinates, children and, suprisingly, his own. It has harem intrigue, friendship, and romance.

If you like cute/fluffy stories, if you like harem/palace stories, and if you like romance stories with a twist, I would def. Recommend you try it!

5 stars for the writing, and 5 stars for both translators. <<less
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New GreenTeaBag
May 24, 2020
Status: c72
An interesting plot that is a bit more different then the usual transmigration drama from modern to ancient times. A nice and fluffy read.
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chekanalia rated it
May 27, 2018
Status: Completed
OMG!! This is amazing! I mtl'd this and I obviously missed a couple of points but all in all It was one of the most satisfying reads I have ever seen. FL is a transmigrator. The fact that he falls in love with her as a dog and discovers the cruel nature of the concubines he loves and the ugliness of his children all builds up to when he finally gets his body back after he dies as a'bao.

Then he proceeds to regain his throne and clean out court and woo the FL. He is already in love with her but she is still as she was at the beginning of the novel. It is unique to see his devotion and the fact that he pulls out all stops to show her his heart <3 <3 there are misunderstandings when he replaces the drugs she was drinking with good medicine but of course she is skeptical (duh!) The part I loved the most was that after 13 years.. Yes! It takes 13 whole years!! He always tells her he loves her but she has never responded and at the very end during this festival he is on one side of a bridge /river and she is on the other side and she had an epiphany, she cups her hands and yells that she loves him. They have three kids; 9th prince who becomes the crown prince, 10th prince who is being trained by his mom's military family and the 11 th princess (who looks like mom).

This is a must read!
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Littledragonlady rated it
January 25, 2018
Status: Completed
Cute romance story in which ML spend a lot of time trying to win MC heart. ML in here is not as s*upid as a lot of other ML and recognize when other women try to trap MC. In short this is not a very infuriating and tactic filled harem intrigue story, instead this is a simple sweet romance with intrigue as spices
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emmyazzy rated it
May 26, 2019
Status: Completed
I got to know of this novel through another novel of the author’s named 忽如一夜病娇来 where the novel is about a fake sibling love which I really enjoyed as well. So I thought I should try to read the author’s other novels and this title and the ratings of this novel happens to attract me which I started reading and I’m very glad I read it.

I love the female lead’s personality and character. She’s very logical and she knows what she is doing well. She accepts the fact very quickly... more>> and adapt to it. She treats her position like a job and acts like the character she is supposed to which is a pampered consort. Even though she knows the emperor is just using her, she isn’t dishearten about it and enjoys her life to the fullest. With her logical mindset, she is able to think ahead and climb her ranks that is though she insists that she shouldn’t give her heart.

Honestly, I kind of think that the emperor is s*upid from the start. Well, he may be a good emperor but he is bad at seeing who is worth loving and who is just using him. He only realised it after becoming a dog. He got attracted to the female lead because of the care he received as a dog. After he got back into his own body, he started chasing the female lead and it was hard for him. Haha, I kinda think he deserves it after pushing the female lead and using her so that the person he supposedly love won’t get involved in the drama between consorts. Well there was only one time, when I truly pitied him.

I believe it was when the emperor found out that the female lead was pregnant or when the female lead has given birth to a boy and the male lead crowned the baby as crown prince. The female lead flared at him saying that he can use her but not the child. (This is because there will be a lot of rejection if the child grows up to be not suitable and/or that she wants her child to live happily in his younger days)

The Male lead got hurt because he realised that after so long the female lead hasn’t truly accepted him. But he slowly gave in and agreed that he shouldn’t be that rash in the decision.

But to be honest, I can sort of understand the female lead. She’s living in such a tense environment she only wants the best for her child.


Anyways, this novel ends on a good note where the female lead slowly accepts him. I really enjoyed this novel just because it is hard for me to find a female lead with such a strong personality.

To conclude, this novel is a much innocent or happier version (in the sense of the romance) of 妃嫔这职业 which is by the author of To be a virtuous wife but both female lead has strong personality. I will recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for a Imperial harem (宫斗 novel that is not too dramatic or cruel and someone with a strong personality female lead. However, if you are looking for a traditional imperial harem novel that is literally competing for the ranks, I would suggest reading 淑妃. If you are looking for something similar to this current novel, the above mentioned 妃嫔这职业 would be the best novel to read. This is because of the writing style, foreshadowing and the female lead’s personality as well. <<less
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sleepingjay rated it
September 1, 2018
Status: c16
This is amazing! MC reminds me of MC from To Be A Virtuous Wife. Her main priority is to keep her life and live as comfortably as possible. She's completely indifferent to the ML and considers him an employer, at most. But MC is really loving towards her family, servants, and her dog (ML). She's a really gentle and kind person, as seen from how she treats her dog like her own child, though she hides it under her tough exterior.

The story is from ML's POV. ML is the typical... more>> hatable scumbag emperor; he's a good emperor and is very intelligent in managing the country, but in the beginning/before the story starts he's a complete scum with how ruthless he is to his women. He used his other women including MC to balance power in the court (because he's an emperor and is paranoid) and to shield his actual favorite woman (the antagonist).


For one, to prevent MC's family from getting too powerful, he had been giving her birth control poison to prevent her from giving birth to an heir. He had been completely using her while pretending to favor her, though MC knowingly allows this to keep her and her family's life.


It's really satisfying to see him getting his world view shaken (faceslapped, basically. This is a dream come true payback against this kind of emperor MLs lolol) as he lives as a dog. With truths getting revealed left and right (since no one guards against a dog), he even realized how he was too blindly trusting to some and over-paranoid to others. He gets humbler as time passes, and falls in love first with MC (meanwhile MC remains unbothered). <<less
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08phamann rated it
December 15, 2019
Status: Completed
Translator dropped this wonderful novel, so I had to mtl the rest of it. And while mtl does reduce the enjoyability of the novel by quite a certain amount, at least my thirst to know what happens was sated.

  • Puppy ML is killed by that eunuch on the orders of concubine Shen. MC then wakes up in his real body.
  • He secretly swaps himself with the fake emperor while he is out on a trip or something.
  • Comes back, settles everything in court, tries to court MC.
  • MC doesn't trust him, doesn't think he is the real emperor at first cause he is so nice to her.
  • ML gifts her a puppy who looks like A'bao. MC realises that it's not A'bao almost immediately. ML gets jealous of Er Bao, makes a rule that when he is there Er Bao also cannot be there. Also he cannot sleep with the MC in her bed. ML is jealous of a dog lol.
  • ML cleans up the harem. Shen concubine realises that ML is back, but ML doesn't care about her anymore. Kills her family to nine generations, leaves her alive to be tormented by other concubines.
  • One day when they are torturing her because they are so angry that MC is getting all of ML's attention, she reveals to them that the fake emperor has slept with them, making M wear the green hat. They realise that it's lucky they are still alive considering that they have had s*x with another man that isn't the emperor.
  • Some drama with MC's father. He returns successful from the war after killing 100, 000 prisoners of war. People are criticising him, saying he is ruthless and that he should be stripped of his position. ML calls them s*upid and makes them realise MC dad is a war hero because he nipped the problem in the bud, whereas the idiot officials would have let the prisoners go and remain a threat to the country.
  • MC dad tries to give back the tiger seal, but ML refuses.
  • Some cute family moments.
  • It's revealed that MC's uncle tried to frame MC dad for something. He basically betrayed the nation and colluded with the enemy state. ML sentences them to death, won't exterminate family cause MC is part of family but also the war merits of MC dad offsets their crimes.
  • After a bit of drama, the concubines are selecting candidates to serve the emperor. One of the candidates is MC's cousins. When MC's cousin is performing, MC faints.
  • ML is informed straight away and gets there faster than the doctor.
  • MC is pregnant. ML is ecstatic, saying he will make her his Empress and the child the crown prince. MC is scared and frightened, begging him not to, saying that she can do anything for him, but to just let her child go. ML realises his mistake, he was too hasty and didn't think about how MC would feel.
  • MC has morning sickness. MC's family is over for lunch is ML is there as well. During lunch, MC throws up and ML helps her like he has a thousand times, people marvel at his devotion to MC.
  • The end: MC and ML have 3 kids. 2 sons and a daughter.
  • 13 years later after ML fell for MC, MC finally returns his feelings, saying "I like you." ML, poor guy, is so happy.
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LacusClyne rated it
March 11, 2018
Status: Completed
Story is very cute. ML was quite awful at first but quickly changes for the better after getting his comeuppance from life which happens very early on in the book. Living life as a dog opens the deluded emperor's eyes and he can finally see who is truly good and who is truly fake.

The MC is extremely likeable with a strong personality and great self-awareness. She's loving to her family and merciful when she can but absolutely firm when it comes to destroying her enemies.
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luzumafu rated it
June 21, 2019
Status: Completed
Hey, this is one of those stories where the ML redeems himself in the most satisfying way. Not gonna lie, he was a real a$$ (to everyone else, albeit the perfect lover to his sweetheart if you ignore his harem + still sleeping around as a proper emperor. In other words, the typical cold and aloof ML in novels but not to our MC) but the best part of the novel for me is that the times he was an a$$ weren't directly written in, so the novel has the... more>> best mix of self-loathing and suffering of ML and sugary sweetness with his treatment towards MC. Meaning, there aren't scenes of ML favoring some other consort or calculating against the MC at the immediate timeframe that the novel encompasses. They are alluded to, but predominantly serve as a means to introduce the characters and plot (s) and make the ML's conscience go through hell hahaha

To me, this novel is a sort of second chance novel for both the MC and ML. MC's past life wasn't detailed to the extreme but we know she didn't have it good. This life she didn't have any hope in attaining happiness since obviously she was taken in as an imperial concubine and everyone knows that if you aren't the sweetheart you are just cannon fodder so she was coasting and doing a good job being happy by herself. Until ML fell in love with her. Then she had to take a leap of faith. Obviously ML spends majority of the novel making up for his mistakes towards MC and simultaneously wooing her, so it doesn't have to be said that he is striving for that second chance to gain her love. What made the novel extremely readable for me are the ML's sweet and gentle, tolerant, puppy-like, loyal dog treatment of MC from chapter 1 to the end. And the MC's unyielding and independent character that also lasted practically until the very end--say goodbye to those MC who fall in love as soon as the ML shows some tender feelings and gentle actions cause this MC is savage and I love her. And her dad. And the Empress Dowager. These three know the ML was an a$$hole and didn't immediately go googoogaga over him after he changed. <<less
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October 29, 2018
Status: Completed
I absolutely loved the story, even despite the pain that google translate brought me.

In my opinion, what made the story so great was the correct choice of main character.

"Unfavored consort captures the heart of the cold-hearted emperor by letting him see that she is the only pure soul in the palace and he comes to love all of her flaws, spoiling her and ignoring/dismissing all of his gorgeous (but wicked) concubines" - such a standard premise suddenly becomes interesting when we see it from the emperor's point of view.

His journey... more>> of falling in love is very real and very satisfying to read. And what's even better is that his struggles doesn't end by him realizing that she is the apple of his eye. He seriously hurt her, and she will not fall in love with him just because he dotes on her with no bottom line.

In fact

Even in the last chapters she is scared to the point of kneeling and breaking down in panic because she does not believe that he isn't using her


The empress character is just a good. She can take care of herself, but she is not a super-human. She feels fear, but is not moved by fear. She tries her best to secure herself and her family a safe life, despite the fact that her family is a thorn in emperor's side (though, it's no longer true after he falls in love with her, but she doesn't know that).

In fact, after the emperor turns back into a human, it should be obvious that she will have a good life (he protects her well). And yet, her struggles never feel futile, and I couldn't help but worry about her. <<less
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dramamonster rated it
August 21, 2019
Status: c21
This is the best plot ever for an Imperial romance. An intelligent and kind Imperial consort pretends to be domineering and powerful to protect her military family. The Emperor doesn't trust her or her family, so he uses her as a shield for his white lotus love. The Imperial consort is super smart and uses him so that she can live a carefree life in the palace.

Except, in Chapter 1, the Emperor secretly falls into a coma, the Imperial consort chooses a cute little puppy to love and raise, AND... more>> the Emperor's trapped soul is in the puppy. Hijinks ensue, especially when the Emperor gets some major face slapping and realizes

his sweet concubine is actually a venomous snake, his sweet children are actually brats, the general that he feared is actually totally loyal, and the Imperial consort is actually savvy, kind, and the love of his life.


There is major character development. I also MTL'd to the end and it's a

happy ending. Around chapter 36 he returns to his human body, sets things right, and lives happily ever after, although he twists himself into a pretzel trying to win the Imperial consort's love, when she's convinced he's just using her as usual.

Very sweet story, the MC is smart and wise, and the ML learns his lessons in life/love/ruling his empire. <<less
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annon2016 rated it
June 5, 2018
Status: c12
This is a great twist on a harem* novel.

*refers to an emperors imperial harem, not harem as in protagonist + every character of the opposite gender

The usual plots and schemes of most harem novels are present but the change in the POV is refreshing.

Wish it was translated faster though.
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secret165 rated it
March 7, 2020
Status: Completed
This novel is so sweet, the journey of ML emperor in obtaining MC heart. This story was told from ML perspective.

It seems as if fated for ML soul to possess a dog and learn how hypocrite his concubine, 'white moonlight', teacher, trusted eunuch and children. If ML never possess a dog, he will never learn the hidden gem MC been hiding and how smart MC is.

MC is really smart, independent and optimistic. The story is really sweet of ML become a loyal dog emperor of MC. MTL the novel until... more>> the end leave me feeling satisfied. This novel is really sweet for reader that likes

  • Smart, independent FL
  • ML strive to be loyal dog in obtaining MC heart.
  • Good family relationship
  • Not much of palace drama
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Mezzhy_liu rated it
August 7, 2018
Status: --
So far as the translations, this story is incredibly good. The story is good and it feels satisfying just by reading it and the translated chapters are long but it also takes a really long time to wait for translations but it keeps you interested. I promise.
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wicked88 rated it
May 9, 2020
Status: Completed
Very recommended. One of the best female and male leads in Drama. Worth to read! I dont need to tell you the story etc because it is in the reviews. But this is seriously good novel. Many fluffy moments.
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Empress M rated it
May 9, 2020
Status: --
I like it!

MC is smart, and plays it safe, knowing how her family is in a precarious situation. Her mindset of animals are more trustable than humans is actually quite to my liking. Why? It's true. Animals are simple, though some are more intelligent than others. They don't scheme against each other all the time, unlike us. Ignorance and low IQ is a good thing in some cases.

ML... I kinda like him.... Kind of. I have nothing to say about him, really.

One thing about the antagonists, both main and minor.... more>> At first, they're persistent. But in later chapters, near the end, when the palace fighting's white hot phase is over, they kinda... deflated. Just one blow is all it takes for them to give up.

Author must've gotten tired of it, xD.
5/5, ah. <<less
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November 23, 2019
Status: Completed
i really good story. I like the MC cause she is a realist person. She knows what she wants and what she had to do. Her loves are not simply happen because the ML is mighty or handsome. But because he never stop trying to prove his love. And the ML is keeping his promise. To love her.

i MTL this story because I cant wait for it. The story is not heavily full of palace in trick. Romance is the main one with palace in trick as the spice.
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housyspecial rated it
May 27, 2019
Status: Completed
Great realistic historical Palace novel.

The background description of the novel makes it easier for readers to understand its setting. And the depictions of love and harem intrigues make its even more enticing. Basically, the background building is awesome.

... more>>

I love the part where MC screams out to the emperor that she would be s*upid if she gave her heart to someone that constantly needs to give his heart to others.

Most of the comedy comes from when the time the emperor was a puppy begging for love from MC and his obsession with MC afterwards.


Overall, it was a beautiful read. Full of court and harem drama, cute & funny love scene between MC and ML. But most of all, I love mc's blunt but intelligent and fun personality. <<less
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chibiheaven rated it
September 25, 2018
Status: Completed
So I actually finished this novel some time ago, but had an urge to re-read to refresh my memory.

This was a short and interesting novel that, in my opinion, provided a very fresh perspective on the intrigue of the harem. You follow the emperor who, in a way, was too clever and conceited to see through the treachery of his bedside companions.

By putting him into the lowliest life form to exist within the palace, he became eexposed to the darkest sides of the harem of which he knew existed but... more>> was never of his concern.

This story really drives the point in that your enemies know you best, and it shows in how well our MC, Meng Sangyu, dissects the actions of the Emperor and her general apathy to the sad life she has been forced to live because of her family status.

A lovely read that really tugged at my heart on many occasions as Meng Sangyu and the Emperor slowly overcome the past and further understand their hearts. The ending was abrupt but I felt it was fitting. As usual, I regret that there weren't any further cute ineractions with the children, but those are my own selfish wishes. <<less
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June 19, 2018
Status: c77
So amazing... it is realistic story about harem.... dont hate the emperor becouse he is not like other male lead who pure and doesnt like to be touched by women, he is realistic emperor who has many wife and children and his first love before he meet with the female lead... but the story really make the emperor heavily pay what he beliefe and view of his harem.. hahaha...

And for the female lead... she is so cool, smart, and know what she can, cant do and realistic modern girl who... more>> rised in acient time <<less
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DeepSeaLove rated it
April 27, 2018
Status: c9
It's about a story on how the dog of an emperor slowly know and understand the FL. He discover the true masks of the people around him. With this discovery he will see things in a new light.

Because of the pampering and love by the FL to the 'dog emperor' she will tame him into a cute little puppy.
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Dhaturas rated it
March 27, 2020
Status: Completed
The basic plot is that the MC is a perfect concubine who has to live under a crafty, paranoid and gullible emperor who fears the MC and her family. The MC's father is a great general and war hero, so the emperor only pretends to favor her when she's only using her to misdirect the hatred of the rest of the harem away from the concubine he truly loves.

But the twist is that the emperor falls of a horse and wakes up in the body of the MC's new pet... more>> dog. The emperor's body is in a coma and the true love concubine uses the opportunity to install a fake emperor and let her family take over the dynasty.

The Emperor realizes his beloved's true colors while realizing the genius intellect the MC has been hiding. If there's one possible fault in this story, is that the MC is so perfect and can predict everything will happen exactly. It's better than a weak MC, but it's a little hole in the believability of the story.

The plot is pretty predictable from there. Emperor as a dog falls for the MC and eventually returns to his body and retakes control, punishing his past beloved concubine. The rest of the novel is spent with the emperor trying to woo the distant MC who is just puzzled why the emperor is suddenly enamored with her for realz.

It's a good novel. But the plot lacks any twist. The MC never faces any real trouble. Once the emperor returned to his body, all the tension for the life of the MC was gone.

But its a solidly fun read. MTL is not half bad too. <<less
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