Chinese Crested Dog
Origins And Description:
There is some debate about the country of origin of the Chinese Crested breed. In one camp there are those favoring China as the obvious roots, while others speculate that the warmer regions such as Africa or Mexico are more likely due to the hairless feature of this dog.
The researchers who favor China, believe the breed is quite ancient, dating back to the Han Dynasty.
This sweet tempered little dog is very unique in
appearance with a doe-like delicacy. It is a most unusual and rare breed with two varieties - one almost
completely hairless and the other, the powderpuff, having a soft double coat of hair. It is not uncommon
for both varieties to appear in the same litter since all of these dogs carry genes for either coat type.
The lifespan for the breed is generally in the range of 13 to 15 years.
Appearance, Coat And Care
Height: 9-13 inches
Weight: Up to 11 pounds
Skin Color: From pink to black, mahogany, blue lavender and copper - it can be spotted or solid. The minimal hair can be any color.
Because of their hairlessness, the Chinese Crested needs sunscreen protection when outside. It is also a good idea to apply skin lotion fairly often to prevent dryness. Bathing should be done as needed.
The powderpuff variety does need to be clipped and brushed to maintain its coat in good condition. Both need fairly frequent bathing.
thin-skinned breed, Cresteds do feel the cold and damp and can use a coat most of the time. And, because
of the delicate nature of their skin, a softer hypoallergenic collar - such as a
hemp dog collar is a good idea.
The Chinese Crested is a very playful dog and stays quite busy inside the home. Exercise needs are modest, and outdoor activity can be limited.
Weather should be considered when going outside because of their direct skin exposure to the elements. On very hot, as well as cold days, out door activities should be limited.
A light dog coat or sweater provides some sun protection and a heavier one is desirable on cooler days.
However, weather permitting, every dog deserves and enjoy a nice walk and some fresh air. A small dog carrier
makes it very convenient to take your small dog along whenever you go out.
This breed is an ideal choice for apartment dwellers or small homes. Although they are quite active indoors, they do not need a lot of space and they are not noisy.
Be aware, however, that they are curious little dogs and good climbers so early training is advised to
establish what's off limits. They can get along quite well most of the time without a yard.
The Chinese Crested dog is good with all children, but especially older children who are considerate of pets. They like a lot of interaction with their family and are known to be gentle. Younger children might not be so aware that this miniature dog breed is a delicate pet can be easily injured during play.
It is advisable to have an adult monitor activities when children are involved so that both the child and the pet
With a low exercise demand and a very loving nature, this toy dog breed makes an excellent choice for the elderly, sedentary, or those who cannot get out very often.
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