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Why Harem Intrigue When You Can Just Raise A Dog Instead? (宫斗不如养条狗)

Why Harem Intrigue When You Can Just Raise A Dog Instead – Cover

Title: 宫斗不如养条狗, Gong Dou Bu Ru Yang Tiao Gou, Why Harem Intrigue When You Can Just Raise A Dog Instead

Author: 风流书呆, Feng Liu Shu Dai, Casanovanic Bookworm

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Genres: [Drama] [Historical] [Josei] [Romance] [Supernatural]

Confused about Harem Hierarchy in WHI? Check out this lovely post by Clam from Pavillion!

List of Characters and Place Names to refresh your memory! I try to keep the titles, names, and place names consistent with Clam’s translation 🙂

For a deep dive into ranks and titles in ancient China, check out our list!

Description [Edited from NU]: 

The “Dog Emperor” gets adopted by his fake “Favored Consort.” This story follows their journey as they experience 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:

  • Those who used to be sweet, gentle and eloquent flowers turn out to be venus fly traps behind the scenes.
  • Previously filial, courteous, intelligent and adorable imperial princes and princesses transform into demons in a flash!

The progression of the story overturns understandings and unmasks 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.


If you read the raws, add 1 to the numbering below 🙂

Chapters 1-26: Translated by Clam at Pavillion’s WordPress

Chapter 27: Grounded
Chapter 28: Imperial Women
Chapter 29: The Note
Chapter 30: Black Magic
Chapter 31: The Spy
Chapter 32: Searching the Palace
Chapter 33: Sudden Changes 1
Chapter 34: Sudden Changes 2
Chapter 35: Returning Soul 1
Chapter 36: Returning Soul 2
Chapter 37: Brother-in-Law 1
Chapter 38: Brother-in-Law 2
Chapter 39: Brother-in-Law 3
Chapter 40: Scent
Chapter 41: Visiting Relatives 1
Chapter 42: Visiting Relatives 2
Chapter 43: Returning to the Palace 1
Chapter 44: Returning to the Palace 2
Chapter 45: Nursing the Sick 1
Chapter 46: Nursing the Sick 2
Chapter 47: Nursing the Sick 3
Chapter 48: Nursing the Sick 4
Chapter 49: Retribution 1
Chapter 50: Retribution 2
Chapter 51: Getting Along 1
Chapter 52: Getting Along 2
Chapter 53: Discovery
Chapter 54: Currying Favour
Chapter 55: Carrying Out Filial Duties
Chapter 56: Mismatched Opponent
Chapter 57: Sulking
Chapter 58: Safe and Sound
Chapter 59: Seeing in a New Light
Chapter 60: The Cold Palace
Chapter 61: Seducing
Chapter 62: Er’Bao
Chapter 63: Attack and Defend
Chapter 64: Green Nameplates
Chapter 65: Confession
Chapter 66: Attending to the Emperor
Chapter 67: Monopolizing Favour
Chapter 68: Bitterness
Chapter 69: Misunderstanding
Chapter 70: Testing
Chapter 71: Returning to Court
Chapter 72: New Year’s Banquet
Chapter 73: Mishap
Chapter 74: Summon for Service
Chapter 75: Jealousy
Chapter 76: Poisoned Wine
Chapter 77: Beautiful Women
Chapter 78: Estrus
Chapter 79: Ambition
Chapter 80: The Grand Selection
Chapter 81: Pregnancy
Chapter 82: Realization
Chapter 83: Beating the Dog
Chapter 84: Morning Sickness




  • Thank you thank you thank you so so much for translating this!!! I’ve been waiting for updates for this novel for a long time! So glad you picked it up!

    • Hehe I’m so glad you like it!

  • Oh , Thank you so much for picking this up. Oh so so happy ,Christmas came early. Thank you Thank you. “Bows”

    • I’m glad it made your day! 😀

  • Thank you so very much for picking this one up.

  • Thank you so much for picking this novel up! I really like your translation!

  • Thank you for the translations! The quality of your work is extremely good 😄

  • Thank you sooo much for continuing and tranlsting this novel.I love it. I appreciate it. Love your translation and how u translate the title to keep it at minimum for understanding and usin less chinese (pinyin) words as I have seen other translators do. Please do keep up!

    you are great!

    • Hi Yuuri,

      Thank you so much for your kind words of praise and encouragement! I’m so happy that you like my translations! I’ll continue to keep the pinyin at a minimum for easy understanding. Thanks for the feedback! I hope you continue to enjoy Why Harem Intrigue <3


  • Am I the only one who has a problem with the link to Pavillion for the first few chapters? I went back to novelupdates and the link from their works, I thought I had to MTL them >_<|||

    • Hey Kat, I just tried the link and it seems like Pavillion deleted her site D: You’re not the only one. I will try to contact Pavillion and speak with the TL team about re-translating chp 1-26.

    • I just heard back from Clam, the previous translator. She just changed the URL of her site which messed up the links. They should be working again now 🙂

  • Hi. Im trying to access the chapter but it keeps telling me that there is no connection. Can you help me?

    • Hi Nevar, sorry you’re having trouble accessing the chapter. Which one were you trying to read?

      We recently migrated servers and the site was down temporarily. Please give it another try. You could also try accessing the chapter with a different web browser. Hope this helps.

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