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Chinese Crested

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Chinese Crested Facts

  • Group
  • Toys
  • Affiliations
  • AKC, CKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 8.5" - 12.5"
  • Weight
  • 8-13 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
     
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Good with children
    • Should sleep indoors
 

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Alternate Names

Chinese Hairless, Dog, the Chinese Ship Dog, and the Chinese Royal Hairless.

Origin

The origin of the Chinese Crested remains an origin. It is hypothesized that they were created in Asia.

Date Of Origin

The date of origin is also unknown. There are pictures from the 1500's that depict Chinese Cresteds involved in Chinese life.

History

Although there is little information on the origin of the Chinese Crested, it is believed to descend from African hairless dogs that were brought to Asia and then bred down. It may be related to other hairless dogs. Chinese sailors often used these dog on their ships as ratters because the lack of fur meant they did not harbor fleas. In addition, the warm bodies of hairless dogs were believed to hold medicinal properties and the dogs were often used in much the same way as a hot water bottle on sore spots. The breed was commonly found in port cities. It first arrived in the U.S. in the nineteenth century.

Description

The Chinese Crested is a small, fine boned dog. The color of its almond shaped eyes and nose complement its coat. It has large, erect ears and a tapered muzzle. It comes in two varieties: the hairless and the powderpuff. The hairless variety has hair only on its head, feet and tail. The powder puff is completely covered in long silky hair.

Temperament

The Chinese Crested is an active, playful, inquisitive dog that is friendly to everyone. As long as it is socialized, it does well with children and other animals.

Uses

This is a companion dog today, however, in the past this dog eliminated rats from ships (even during plague). They were often used for barter at ship ports.

Health Concerns

Dental problems, Legg-Perthes disease, liver shunts, PRA

Additional Information

Remember that the hairless variety of Chinese Crested is at risk for sunburn. Be sure to apply a sunscreen especially made for dogs such as Epi-Pet Sun protector sunscreen.

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Sources

The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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