Chinese Crested Dog Information
This unique-looking dog has a fascinating history. Historians believe this breed evolved from the African hairless dogs, which were traded by sailors and merchants and eventually made their way to China. The Chinese preferred smaller dogs, so they bred the African hairless to a smaller size, thus resulting in the Chinese Crested Dog.
Lively and affectionate, the Chinese Crested Dog adores human companionship and is said to be “cat-like,” sitting in high places, on the back of a chair, etc. They don’t require much exercise – just a playful romp each day. A quick learner, he does extremely well in performance activities like agility, obedience and fly ball.
In regard to the distinguishing characteristic – the hair, or the lack thereof. The Crested comes in two varieties: hairless and Powderpuff (with hair). The Powderpuff can have its full coat or be clipped for easy maintenance. If you pick the hairless variety, just be sure to limit his sun exposure.