Origin and brief history:
Contrary to its name, the Chinese Crested actually originated in Africa. There, they were name as the African Hairless Terriers. Chinese ships ended up bringing these dogs on board when they stopped in Africa. They used the dogs to hunt vermin. That is why they are now known as the Chinese Crested. There is also evidence, however, that the Chinese Crested has origins in Mexico. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed in 1991. While they remain one of the most popular hairless breeds, they are still considered to be rare. They can be found today in rare dog shows. In 2003, a hairless Chinese Crested dog name Sam won the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest from 2003 to 2005.
Chinese Cresteds are known to be alert and agile. They are very lovable and playful. However children cannot play rough with them. Because they lack hair, they are susceptible to injury. Otherwise, the animal is a great family companion. Chinese Cresteds are very intelligent and can learn tricks. They are known to be good with other pets. They enjoy climbing on objects. This breed is considered to be a low energy breed. They are not known to bark often. Chinese Cresteds need human leadership, and often become attached to their owners. They need their owners to be gentle, as Chinese Cresteds can be sensitive.
Chinese Cresteds are known to be very clean, and do not have the usual dog odor. There are two types of Chinese Cresteds: hairless and powderpuff. Those with a powderpuff coat need daily brushing. When shedding, extra coat care is needed. It is important to bathe the hairless Chinese Crested frequently. It is also important to rub in oil or cream into their skin. Due to their lack of hair, the Chinese Crested is great for those with dog allergies.
Specification of breed:
The Chinese Crested is expected to grow to be around 12 inches. They are not expected to weigh more than 10 pounds. The Chinese Crested has a life expectancy of about 10 to 12 years.
Chinese Cresteds are known to gain weight extremely easily. It is important that an owner does not overfeed them. Also, because some are hairless, they are prone to skin irritation. An owner will need to provide special care to prevent any irritations. They also will need sunscreen if kept out in the sun for extended periods of time. The hairless Chinese Crested is also prone to tooth decay. They are also known to have various problems with their eyes, with diseases that can cause blindness. Many Chinese Cresteds are allergic to wool and lanolin.
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