Meet The Breed: The Chinese Crested
The Chinese Crested Powder Puff photo by SheltieBoy.
The Chinese Crested dog is available in two varieties: the hairless version, and the haired version, known as the Powder Puff. The hairless variety is mostly hairless except for its feet, head and tail. The Powder Puff has a long, soft coat. The skin and coat can be any color - solid, mixed or spotted. Both varieties can be born in the same litter. Unfortunately, I was unable to find photos for commercial use of these dogs as puppies, so please view the video below to get an idea of what they look like. The Chinese Crested is becoming more popular, but is still rare.
The Chinese Crested is a small dog with a wedge-shaped head, with fine bones, and elegant features. Wherever they are hairless, the skin is soft and supple. The Powder Puff varieties are covered in long, fine fur everywhere and resemble terriers. Their faces are shaved for the show ring, however. Their large ears stand erect and are not cropped. I've seen the Powder Puff variety kept shaved on their torsos, upper legs, and faces to resemble their hairless kin.
Even though this breed is called Chinese, it is more likely that they originated in Africa, and were adopted by Chinese mariners to control vermin on ships during the plague. The hairless variety were probably popular due to the fact that they aren't as susceptible to fleas. There is also genetic evidence that shows a shared origin with the Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzcuintli). Because of the breed's rareness, the Chinese Crested was only accepted into the AKC in 1991 as a certain population of the dogs is required for admittance.
The Chinese Crested is a lively, friendly dog that is not very yappy, which is unusual in the toy category. They are agile and graceful, as you'll see on the video below. Although they should not be babied so as to not cause them to be timid, they should be handled carefully by children as they are somewhat fragile.Â Early and regular training from a calm, confident leader will allow a Chinese Crested to feel safe and be well adjusted to life with a variety of people and circumstances.
Breed Club Links: American Chinese Crested Club.
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