The Chinese Crested is an exotic-looking small dog who does not actually hail from China. The dog is found in two variants: the Hairless which has silky hair on the head, tail and feet (socks); and the genetically recessive Powder-puff, who has a full coat. Both variants can be found in a single litter. The Powder puff’s looks varies according to how it is groomed. It strongly resembles a terrier, when its fur is completely grown out on its face, The Crested dog is a slim, finely boned dog .He tends to win Ugly Dog Contests more often than other competitor.
It is an elegant and graceful dog who makes a loving companion. They are both playful and entertaining. They have a long silky soft coat with erected and large ears. The Hairless Crested is unbelievably tolerant of heat. He rarely pants and drinks very little water. It is family friendly breed and is not aggressive. Powder puffs are very affectionate, playful, love and lively. They are exceptionally loving and likes to hug & smile. The skin and coat can be of any color, and solid, mixed or spotted all over.
These dogs did not really come from China. They were said to be evolved from African or Mexican hairless dogs that were reduced in size by the Chinese.
It is believed that around 1530s they accompanied Chinese sailors on the high seas, hunting vermin during and between times of plague. By the middle of the 19th century, Chinese Cresteds began to appear in numerous European paintings and prints. They were also known as Chinese Hairless, the Chinese Ship Dog, the Chinese Edible Dog and the Chinese Royal Hairless.
The Chinese Crested were viewed by the Chinese as having magical healing powers; they also used them as living heating pads. These dogs were kept by Chinese emperors and also by sailors.
Chinese Cresteds are charming, alert, agile and lovable. They are affectionate and playful with children. They are entertaining and amusing companion. They are intelligent dogs and posses the ability to perform tricks. These dogs are generally good with other pets and are not barkers. They like to climb and dig holes. Chinese crested tend to become very attached to their owners. They enjoy companionship and need constant human leadership.
Chinese Cresteds Gain weight easily and should not be overfed. Exposed skin on the hairless dogs needs special care to prevent skin irritations. The skin of hairless dogs gets sunburn and a good sunscreen should be used if the dog is going to be out in the sun. The hairless dogs are prone to tooth loss and decay while Powder-puffs have healthier teeth. A high percentage of these dogs are allergic to wool and lanolin. Each hairless dog carries one gene for hairless and one gene for hair. Two hairless genes are fatal. They have a life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years.