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.
Chinese Crested Dog History
The Chinese Crested has Chinese in the name, but isn’t likely from China. It’s more likely due to the fact that it was used for catching rats aboard Chinese ships.
The breed is believed to have originated in Africa as the African Hairless Terrier. There is also a genetic connection the the Xoloitzcuintli. Ships brought the dog around the world where sailors traded them.
Chinese Crested Training & Temperament
The Chinese Crested is a friendly breed that enjoys time with it’s owner. They are able to be trained for sporting and agility. Training requires some patience and persistence. This breed also does well as a therapy dog.
Chinese Crested Exercise
The Chinese Crested just needs a small amount of exercise daily. This can be done with short walks or some ball or agility play sessions.
Chinese Crested Grooming
There are two variations of the Chinese Crested, one is hairless and the other with hair is called a Powderpuff. The hairless version needs sunscreen if it’s outside for longer periods of time. They also can need some skin lotions to keep them in good condition. The Powderpuff needs daily brushing to prevent matting.
Chinese Crested Health
This breed can occasionally have eye problems that a good breeder will screen for.