Powderpuff and Hairless

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as he Chinese Crested is an old breed, and as is so often the case, its history has been lost over time. Some experts feel the breed most likely descended from hairless dogs in Africa, with the Chinese developing the smaller version of the breed. Pictures created in the 1500s and 1600s show Chinese Cresteds involved in Chinese life. Chinese sailors kept the dogs aboard ship as vermin hunters and, in doing so, spread the dogs to ports throughout the world. They were known as Chinese Sailor Dogs, and many of the small dogs were used for barter. The dogs were especially prized during times of the plague, the hairless skin didn't as harbor fleas. The breed was also known as the Chinese Edible Dog, which can give you a clue as to the breed's other purpose in China.

The Chinese Crested is found in two varieties—Powderpuff (with hair) and Hairless. These dogs stand 11 to 13 inches tall and weigh between 6 and 12 pounds. This small, fine-boned dog has a tapered muzzle, almond-shaped eyes, and large, erect ears. The Hairless variety has hair on the head and crest of the neck, the feet, and the tail. When running, with the coat flowing behind them,

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they look like tiny horses. The Powderpuff variety has a normal coat of long, silky guard hairs over a silky undercoat.

Grooming the Hairless consists of bathing the dog, using moisturizers on the hairless skin to keep it healthy, and applying sunscreen to prevent sunburn. The Powderpuff requires twice weekly brushing to prevent tangles and mats.

The Chinese Crested is not overly active but does enjoy walks and playtimes. He does well in agility but also likes to cuddle. The Chinese Crested enjoys therapy dog work, and although the Powderpuff will be eagerly petted, the Hairless will always create conversation. As with all toy breeds, during therapy dog visits, these dogs should be protected from hard hugs that might injure the dogs.

As with many toy breeds, it is very easy to spoil Chinese Cresteds, so early training is a good idea. With puppy training and socialization classes, the dog learns how to learn, is introduced to the basic commands, and gets to meet a variety of people and other puppies. In addition, the dog owner learns how to teach her dog and establish household rules. Housetraining can be a challenge.

However, this breed is very clean, and with patience and consistency, housetraining will happen.

The Chinese Crested makes a wonderful companion for many different people. If you are active and want to do agility, he can do that. He can also be a terrific pet for a housebound senior. He is good with older children as long as they treat him with respect. He is too small for very young kids, and many breeders will not sell puppies to families with young children for this reason. When well-socialized, he is good with other dogs, although playtimes should be carefully supervised. The Chinese Crested is small, but he doesn't realize that he is small, and could be hurt by a larger dog. The Hairless variety can have jaw and dental problems, including malformed teeth and early tooth loss. The breed can also have liver and eye problems.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC Occupation: Vermin hunter, companion Size: 11 to 13 in tall; 6 to 12 lbs

Longevity: 12 to 13 years Exercise: Moderate Training: Moderate; challenge to housetrain Grooming: Easy

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