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Chinese Crested (hairless)

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Pronunciation

Chinese Crested                Powderpuff Chinese Crested

Description

There are two distinct varieties of the Chinese Crested Dog, the "hairless" and the "powder puff". The hairless variety is just that, hairless, except for its feet, head and tail. The "powder puff" has a long, soft coat. The skin and coat can be any color, either solid, mixed or spotted all over. Both hairless and powder puff varieties can be born in the same litter. The head of the Chinese Crested is wedge-shaped when viewed from the top and the side. The muzzle has a slight stop, and tapers nicely into the cheeks. The color of the nose can be dark to light, depending on the skin and coat color. The almond shaped eyes and eye rims will have a color that matches the color of the dog. The large ears are not cropped and stand erect. Dewclaws may be removed.

Temperament

The most popular of the hairless breeds, the Chinese Crested are still very rare. These dogs are alert, charming, agile, and lovable. Affectionate, and playful with children. Children should be taught not to be rough with this breed as it is friendly, but it does not have the protective hair that other breeds have and can get injured easily. An entertaining and amusing companion. Do not baby this breed or you might cause them to be timid. Socialize them well, starting when they are a small puppy, exposing them to loud noises and outside activity. This intelligent dog has the ability to perform tricks. They are generally good with other pets. They are not barkers. Chinese Crested Dogs like to climb and dig holes. They tend to become very attached to their owners. These dogs enjoy companionship, and need constant human leadership. Do not let this wonderful breed fall into "Small Dog Syndrome" where they lack a human pack leader. It is easy to baby a small dog, however doing this can cause many unwanted behaviors. If your dog growls, guards objects, snaps or bites, the dog has been allowed to take over and be pack leader to the humans. These behaviors can be corrected as soon as the human starts displaying the proper leadership.

Height, Weight

12 inches (30cm.)
not over 10 pounds (4.5kg)

Health Problems

Gains weight easily, do not overfeed. Exposed skin on the hairless dogs need special care to prevent skin irritations. The hairless dogs do get sunburn and a good sunscreen should be used if the dog is going to be out in the sun. The hairless variety is prone to tooth loss and decay. Powder Puffs have healthier teeth. The Hairless variety has the ancient forward- pointing canine teeth or "tusks" as they are called, but usually these are the first teeth to fall out. A high percentage of Chinese Crested are allergic to wool and lanolin. Both the hairless and Powder Puff dogs are born in the same litter. Each hairless dog carries one gene for hairless and one gene for hair. Two hairless genes are fatal.

Living Conditions

Good for apartment life. They are fairly activeindoors and will do okay without a yard. They should wear a sweater in cold weather.

Exercise

Although it is tempting to carry these daintycreatures about; these are active little dogs, who need a daily walk.  Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds, play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. Dogs who do not get to go on daily walks are more likely to display a wide array of behavior problems. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large fenced in yard. Don't think that just because he is small he should beconfined to a small space.

Life Expectancy

About 10-12 years.

Grooming

Chinese Crested are very clean, with no doggie odor. Power Puffs need a lot more grooming.Daily brushing of the Powder Puff's long, fine, double coat is recommended,taking extra care when the dog is shedding. The wooly undercoat becomes mattedif neglected. Bathe the Hairless frequently and massage a little oil or creaminto the skin to keep it supple. These dogs shed little to no hair and are greatfor allergy sufferers. The hairless variety is not prone to fleas. They can get ticks just like humans, but they are easy to see.

Origin

The Chinese Crested originated in Africa where they were called "African Hairless Terriers." Chinese trading ships stopped along the shores of Africa on their routes, and brought the dogs onboard their ships to hunt vermin. They renamed the dogs "Chinese Crested" and the name stuck. Ancient wandering Native American tribes (Aztecs) kept them as bedwarmers, and also ate them. Two Chinese Crested were first exhibited in 1885 at the Westminster Kennel Club Show in New York. However in 1965, due to the lack of a national club to support the breed and the dogs very small numbers, the AKC dropped their eligibility to be shown. The first American breed club was established in 1979 and they were recognized by the AKC in 1991. The stripper, Gypsy Rose Lee, used to breed Chinese Crested. The Chinese Crested is often shown in rare breed dog shows.

Group

Southern, AKC Toy

Recognition

CKC, FCI, AKC, KCGB, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR

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