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Chinese Crested

Quick facts

Chinese Crested AKC Group: Toy
Height: 11 - 13 inches
Weight: 5 - 12 pounds,
Colors: any color - solid, marked or splashed
AKC recognized in: 1991

The Chinese Crested were said to originate from Africa and were called "African Hairless Terriers" by then. They were later taken by Chinese trading ships that happened to pass by the African shores to hunt vermin inside their ships. The Chinese renamed the dogs as Chinese Crested. Aztecs used to take these dogs like bed warmers and also as food.

There are two varieties of this breed, the Hairless variety and the Powder Puff variety. The Hairless Chinese Crested dog is without hair except on its head, tail and feet. On the other hand, the Powder Puff Chinese Crested dog has long and soft hair on its head and body.

What is amazing is the fact that both varieties can come out of the right mix. The Hairless allele is the dominant trait while the Powder Puff allele is the recessive trait. Powder Puff cannot produce a Hairless pup when it mates another Powder Puff dog. But, surprisingly, the Hairless variety can produce both varieties even when it mates with another Hairless dog.

The Hairless variety has a single coat almost like humans with soft skin and some hair while the Powder Puff variety has double coat. This difference in appearance make some people think that they are of different breeds. But, they belong to one breed. The Hairless variety is simply an incomplete dominant trait.

The wedge-shaped head of the Chinese Crested dog with a muzzle that tapers into its cheeks reminds some people of the Chihuahua. It has been thought of that the Chinese Crested dog influenced the breeding of a smaller Chihuahua that used to be bigger and descended from the Techichi, the ancient dog of the Aztecs.

Another amazing trivia about the Chinese Crested is that it has won eight times as the World's Ugliest Dog Contest, either in purebred form or cross-bred with a Chihuahua. Other people disagree that they are the ugliest.


Chinese Crested Summary
Affection four paws
Cold Tolerance one paw
Ease of Training three paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements one paw
Friendliness : Children four paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets five paws
Grooming Requirements three paws
Heat Tolerance four paws
Playfulness four paws
Protection Ability one paw
Watchdog Ability four paws

The Chinese Crested moves very fast and is very playful. This dog wants to have time for physical activities like jumping and digging. It is very attached to its owner. This is an intelligent dog that can perform tricks.

A Chinese Crested dog is attractive and charming. Children can really play with this dog well and have enjoyable time. However, children should be supervised not to play rough with this dog. It does not bark and would really like a strong leader in its owner.

Health and Exercise

Chinese Cresteds live an average lifespan of 13 to 15 years.

The Hairless variety is prone to skin infections or irritations when its exposed skin is left under the sun too long. It should be protected by a sunscreen. It is also prone to dental problems. This variety has tusks or teeth that protrude but they fall off after some time. Thus, it is likely to develop tooth decay and tooth loss. On the other hand, the Powder Puff variety has much healthier teeth.

Both varieties are afflicted with eye disorders, joint problems, allergies, autoimmune diseases, and obesity.

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