The Chinese Crested dog is believed to have originated in Africa. However, it got its name from Chinese shippers that brought the breed onboard to catch rats. The Chinese Crested was used by ancient Aztecs as “bedwarmers”, who also ate them! This breed has two varieties—the Hairless and the Powderpuff, and surprisingly the two can be found in the same litter. Though earlier thought to be related to the Mexican Hairless, this theory was later abandoned. Studies have now proven that the Chinese Crested is related to the Basenji.
The Hairless and the Powderpuff varieties of the Chinese Crested may appear like different breeds; however they are not. This toy breed is elegant and fine-boned. While the Hairless variety has soft, human-like, pale flesh to black-colored skin with hair only on its head, tail and feet, the Powderpuff is completely covered with long, fine hair. Intense, wide-set, almond eyes; uncropped, large ears that are erect; scissor bite or level teeth; cheeks tapering into the muzzle; coat in a variety of colors; these are some of its physical characteristics.
All colors and patterns acceptable.
The Chinese Crested makes a very good companion dog. It is full of life, playful and great with kids. This intelligent and alert breed is not very timid if socialized well during puppyhood and if accustomed to loud noises while growing up. They can perform tricks easily. Good with other pets, another advantage of the Chinese Crested dog is that it is not much of a barker. They love to climb and dig, love their owners unconditionally, and appreciate daily walks.
The hairless variety is prone to skin infections and allergies and needs sunscreen when out in the sun. They are allergic to wool and lanolin; their teeth need a lot of attention to prevent decaying; and the mating of hairless with hairless can be fatal. They should be fed carefully to avoid becoming obese, which happens easily.
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