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Chinese crested dog

Chinese crested dog

”The exact origin of the Chinese Crested dog may remain a mystery but it is believed to have evolved from African hairless dogs that were acquired by the Chinese and reduced in size. At one time it was known as the Chinese Ship Dog since Chinese sailors often took the breed along on voyages to hunt down shipboard vermin. Pups were often traded with merchants in port cities and even today the breed can be found in ancient port cities around the world. Spanish explorers found the Chinese Crested Dogs in Mexico and parts of Central South America as early as the 1500s. The breed was also found in Africa and Asia in the 1700s and 1800s. They first appeared in European paintings and prints in the mid-19th century. They first appeared at dog shows on this continent in the late 1800s.


A loving companion, the breed is playful and entertaining.

Activity Level

Though gay, alert and lively, their exercise needs are easily met with a daily walk and some playtime.


The ideal Chinese Crested measures 11-13 in (28-33 cm) at the shoulder. Weight varies but shouldn’t be over 12 lb (5.5 kg).


You might think you’re looking at two different breeds when you see the difference in coat. The Hairless variety is not entirely hairless. It has a crest of hair on the head and back of neck, a plume on the tail and ‘socks’ on the lower part of the legs and feet. Where the body is hairless, the skin is soft and smooth. The Powderpuff variety has a complete coat of soft, silky hair made up of long, thin guard hairs over a short undercoat.


Any colour or combination of colours is allowed.


Grooming is minimal but the hairless variety often needs moisturizing lotion to keep the skin soft and smooth, and it is susceptible to sunburn, acne and tanning.”

(Source Canadian Kennel Club)

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