|The Unique Chinese Crested
The Chinese Crested originates from Africa where it was known as the “African Hairless Terrier”. Then the Chinese Trading ships which stopped off in Africa would use these dogs as ratters on board their ships and they were renamed to the “Chinese Crested” and which has been with them ever since. This breed of dog has begun to gain popularity both in England and the USA as a companion dog and is now a frequent competitor in rare breed dog shows. Although the breed was first exhibited in the West of the USA in 1885 the first US Breed Club was not established until 1979.
The Chinese Crested is part of the AKC Toy group and was first registered to the American Kennel Club in 1991.
Height: 12 inches
Weight: Must not be over 10 pounds
Longevity: 10-12 years
Where this breed is concerned there are two distinct varieties of the Chinese Crested one which is hairless expect for on its feet, head and tail (known as the Hairless) and the other has a long soft hair coat (called the Powder Puff). The Chinese Crested has a broad skull and long muzzle whilst the eyes are dark and the ears are erect.
Colors: Numerous colours which can either be solid, mixed or spotted.
The Chinese Crested is a sweet, lively, playful and cuddly dog. They are also very intelligent and alert. This dog has an ability to be able to perform certain tricks and are generally good with other pets around the. They do not bark but they do like to climb and dig holes. However they do crave constant companionship and can become very attached to their owners.
The exposed skin of a Chinese Crested needs special care in order to prevent skin problems and irritations occurring. Their teeth should be well cared for in order to prevent them from decaying. This type of dog should not be overfed as they will soon become obese and hairless dogs when taken outside in the sun should have a sunscreen applied to their skin.
They are good dogs for apartment life and it is important that they wear some sort of covering during cold weather. This dog copes well with regular sessions of play but they also enjoy brisk walks as well.
The Chinese Crested is a very clean animal with no doggie odour and are not prone either to ticks or fleas. However the Power Puff version does need a lot of grooming and should be brushed daily and particular attention must be paid when the dog is shedding its coat. The Hairless Chinese Crested can be bathed frequently and should have a little oil or cream massaged into is skin to keep it supple. A benefit of the Chinese Crested is that it sheds little or no hair.
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