Chinese Crested Dog
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The Chinese Crested is an exotic-looking small dog that is not really from China. It comes in two varieties: the Hairless, with silky hair on the head (the crest), tail (plume), and feet (socks); and the genetically recessive Powderpuff, which has a full coat. Both variants can be found in one litter.
Regardless of the variant, the Crested is a slender, finely built dog that is elegant and graceful. He is a beauty, although he tends to win Ugly Dog Contests more often than other competitors. He is your basic big dog in a small, sometimes naked-looking body.
Chinese Crested dogs are not really from China. They evolved from African or Mexican (no one is sure which) hairless dogs that were reduced in size by the Chinese.
It is believed that as early as 1530, the Crested accompanied Chinese sailors on the high seas, hunting vermin during and between times of plague (today, they can still be found in port cities around the world). In the mid-19th century, the Crested appeared in numerous European paintings and prints.
Previous names of the Crested include the Chinese Hairless, the Chinese Edible Dog, the Chinese Ship Dog, and the Chinese Royal Hairless.
The Chinese bred the dog for its excellent rat-catching abilities aboard their ships, and sailors traded them in various ports. Documentation from Europeans of a hairless dog that closely resembled the Chinese Crested appears as early as the 1700s, when European travellers visited Chinese seaports and boarded Chinese trading ships.
The Chinese apparently regarded the Chinese Hairless Dog as a dog with magical healing powers; they also used it as a living heating pad. They were kept by Chinese emperors and sailors alike.
Alert and cheerful, the Crested adores and loves its people. Expect kisses and lots of cuddle time on your lap from this happy, loving little guy. Understand that he doesn't accept strangers easily - but once he starts loving you, you become his world. He is an excellent companion and is very intelligent. The Chinese Crested can be stubborn. Intensely social, he attaches himself strongly to his immediate family.