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Chinese Crested

Origin: China

AKC Group: Toy

Height: 11 inches (Male)

Weight: Varies but not more than 12 pounds (5.5 kg) (Male)

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Chinese Crested come in two varieties: the Hairless Chinese Crested and the Powderpuff Chinese Crested.

Chinese Crested are happy little dogs. They climb and jump like cats. They require little outdoor exercise, so they make great apartment pets. They're usually good with children, strangers and other animals, but they tend to be timid.

Chinese Crested are a toy breed. In general, toy breeds are small companion dogs that were originally bred as pets for wealthy, cultured families. Today, toys are the perfect apartment dogs, since they require little, if any, outdoor exercise.

Despite their small size, many toys are excellent watchdogs. Most get along fine with children, although they'll snap if teased or startled. Some breeds are jealous of other pets.

Longhaired toys need to be brushed frequently, and some breeds need to be professionally groomed every few months.

Male height: 
11 inches
Male weight: 
Varies but not more than 12 pounds (5.5 kg)
There are two distinct varieties: hairless and powderpuff. The hairless has long, silky tufts on his head (crest), feet (socks), and tail (plume). The powderpuff has a long, soft, silky topcoat and a short, silky undercoat.
Comes in a wide variety of colors.
Special considerations: 
Chinese Crested must be protected from extreme weather.

Hairless mutations have occurred in pariah-type litters, and from these the modern hairless breeds evolved. Because they are unique, they have always been of interest to dog lovers, especially those in Africa, Mexico, Spain and China. During the Han Dynasty in China, the Cresteds were cultivated into two types:
"treasure house guardian," or the deer type, and the "hunting dog,"; which was the larger, heavier type. Eventually, the breed traveled on Chinese trade vessels and became popular in many countries. Today, both varieties of Chinese Cresteds enjoy a loyal following around the world, including in their native land.

Lively, exuberant, playful and affectionate, the Chinese Crested easily wins over the hearts of everyone he meets. People are curious about how a hairless dog feels, and the Crested welcomes their touch. They have a hare foot (longer than most) and can grasp and hold onto toys, food, and people - owners even describe how they "hug" you when held. They make wonderful, loving companions.
At home: 
Chinese Cresteds are adaptable dogs who can live well in apartments because of their size. They shed little - even the Powderpuff variety - which can make them a suitable choice for some allergy sufferers. They love to dig and have been known to climb surprisingly high, so a fenced-in yard is necessary. The Hairless variety should not be overexposed to the sun and must have sunscreen applied before going outside. Also, during cold weather, the Hairless needs a coat or sweater to keep warm.
Cresteds enjoy brisk walks with their people, and they also get exercise in their daily routine of accompanying family members around the house and elsewhere.
The Chinese Crested requires a high-quality diet to keep his skin supple and in healthy condition. He is prone to obesity and so needs his food intake monitored.
The intelligent Chinese Crested is quite receptive to positive training and is eager to comply with basic requests. He likes to entertain his family, so interacting in a way that also teaches him obedience benefits everyone.
Chinese Cresteds get along well with children and other pets. Because of their size and stature, children do need to be taught how to properly interact with them.
The average life span of the Chinese Crested is 10 to 12 years. Breed health concerns may include allergies (Hairless); dental problems (Hairless); Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; obesity; patellar luxation; and skin problems (Hairless).
Fun fact: 

The ancient Egyptians believed that hairless dogs had mystical healing powers.

Grooming blurb: 
Both varieties of Cresteds are very clean, with no doggy odor. They are also naturally resistant to fleas and ticks. The Hairless Crested needs regular bathing and applications of oil or cream on his skin to keep it soft and supple. The Powderpuff's coat must be brushed regularly, especially during times of shedding. The undercoat becomes matted if neglected.
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