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Chinese Crested Dog


General Information - Chinese Crested Dog


Group:
Toy

Size:
small

Lifespan:
13-15 years

Exercise:
very little

Grooming:
moderate

Trainability:
moderate

Watchdog ability:
high

Protection ability:
very low

Area of Origin:
China

Date of Origin:
1200s

Other Names:
none

Original Function:
ratter, lapdog, curio



History

The origins of the Chinese Crested are difficult to trace. Hairless dogs seem to arise by mutation all over the world, but they have been principally found in Central and South America. The Chinese Crested is the exception, apparently existing in China as early as the 13th century. Chinese seafarers are said to have kept the dogs on ship as ratters and curios and to have traded them with local merchants wherever they called. Thus, the breed was distributed throughout Turkey, Egypt, South Africa and possibly Central and South America. Only in the 1800's were they recorded in Europe, with paintings and later, photographs, including dogs of Chinese Crested type.

Temperament

Chinese Crested dogs are exceptionally friendly. They love hugs and constantly crave human companionship. Chinese Cresteds are intelligent and can perform tricks. This breed should not be babied in order to ensure it grows up to be well adjusted. Chinese Crested dogs love to play with children, they do not bark, but they like to dig and climb.

Upkeep

The Crested enjoys a romp outside, but it hates the cold. It is small enough that it can get sufficient exercise with vigorous inside games. Hairless varieties will need a sweater for cold-weather outings. This is not a breed for outdoor living. Chinese Cresteds are gifted jumpers and some climb. Coat care for the powder-puff variety entails brushing every day or two. The muzzle is usually shaved every two weeks in puffs. The hairless need regular skin care, such as the application of moisturiser or sunblock, and bathing to combat blackheads. Most hairless need some stray hairs removed prior to showing.