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As long as they are socialized at an early age, the Chinese Crested dog should be fine with people. They are strongly affectionate, animated, and have an extremely agile body. They are not comfortable with being left alone for too long.
Behavior common of the Chinese Crested
In spite of their small stature, they are actually very friendly with families that include children. They are agile, alert, and lovable. However, if babied too much, this may cause the dog to become timid and skittish around people and stimulus it is not familiar with. They are most noted for being “trick” dogs, as you might see certain types of tricks associated with the circus.
Because of their affectionate nature, it is very easy for them to trick owners into giving them frequent treats and food. They gain weight quickly, so it is important for their owner to be aware of this.
They also are fond of climbing and jumping onto things. As tempting as it may be to carry this dog wherever you go, they are actually quite content with walking and working to where they need to go.
Appearance of the Chinese Crested (Hairless)
They are extremely small, only weighing up to roughly thirteen pounds, and about twelve inches tall. Their fur (if bred with fur) can be almost any color, mixed or solid, or with spots.
Their peculiar appearance, especially with the hairless type, stems from fur only growing on the crest, the ends of their feet, and on their head and ears. Their ears stand erect, adding onto their “alert” nature.
Grooming the Chinese Crested (Hairless)
Although typically known as hairless, the Chinese Crested dog comes in two different types–hairless, and Powderpuff. The Powderpuff kind is covered with a double coat, which is very soft and durable. It is recommended to bathe weekly, and if not, to wet the coat lightly before brushing. This will prevent matting and discomfort for the dog. Their hair can get fairly long, though it is noted among breeders that they still have little-to-no shedding.
The hairless type of Chinese Crested dog has skin problems very similar to humans. They are able to develop acne, dryness if not moisturized, and sunburn, if sun lotion is not used when outdoors.
Unlike other breeds of dogs, they have extremely long nails relative to their feet (also known as “hare foot”), so extra care and precaution should be taken when clipping them.
The common health problems that are found in other pure-breds are not found in this particular breed. When looking for health problems, look more at the teeth and general dental work with the dog, instead of other physical aspects.
History of the Chinese Crested
Contrary to the name, the Chinese Crested hairless dog may not have actually originated from China. While they are known in history for joining Chinese mariners on their journey, they may go even further back in history. It is much more likely that they are descendant from Africa or Mexico, given that their genetic make-up matches other breeds that have been from there. Eventually, they made their way into European art, gaining in popularity.