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Short History of the BreedAlthough the exact history of the breed is unknown, they are thought to have been used as ratters aboard merchant ships. The hairless made perfect hunters as their naked bodies left no place for fleas, which carried the plague, to hide. They still have a lot of this hunting ability which they will modify for the type of prey they have available, whether that is mice, birds, lizards, or toys.
Physical Description and SizeThe chinese crested comes in two distinct varieties; the hairless, with hair on their head, feet and tail; and the powderpuff, with a full coat of long hair all over their body. They can look quite different from each other, but under the hair they really are the same breed! Hairless cresteds often have varying amounts of hair on their bodies. Just like people, some have hair on their backs, legs and chest which is removed to keep that hairless look. A "Hairy Hairless" shouldn't be confused with the Powderpuff, which does have a natural double coat.
Usual size averages about 8-12lbs, and about 10"-13" measured at the shoulders. They are a slender, sporty dog, and believe themselves to be much bigger than they are. They should be treated as a big dog in a little package, and not a novelty to dress up and treat as a doll.
TemperamentHappy and alert, these dogs are usually quiet unless provoked. Really, this means they aren't prone to constant yapping, but will bark when someone comes to the door. They are active, and enjoy a good run in the park or a game of chase. They are usually quite happy to be part of a pack with other dogs or cats, but owners should keep their hunting history in mind when trusting them with other small animals. It is nearly impossible to keep these dogs off your bed or sofa.
Dog CareRegular grooming is needed by both the hairless and the powderpuff, although the amount of grooming differs. Hairless may need excess hair shaved to keep their unique look. Skin care is important, and some dogs may require lotion. Suntan lotion may be required for dogs with lighter coloured skin. Powderpuffs benefit from regular baths and brushing to keep them free of mats and debris.
Health Issues and Life ExpectancyLike all breeds, the Chinese Crested isn't free from inherited genetic diseases. Eyes are the main cause of concern, with the breed known for two unique forms of PRA, Lens Luxation, Dry Eye, and Glaucoma, amung others. Yearly CERF examinations are a must for all breeding animals and new buyers should be sure to see these clearances on the parents. As with most small breeds, Luxating Patellas and Legg-Calve-Perthes present and breeding animals should be tested for these conditions. Despite these known issues, the Chinese Crested is relatively healthy and with proper diet and exercise should enjoy live well into their teen years.
- Chinese Crested Information & Online Community - PurebredPups.org
- Chinese Crested Oline Community - DogBreed.org
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|Anonymous||stuffy nose||0||Mar 24 2008, 12:40 PM EDT by Anonymous|
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I just got a chinese crested and he seems to have a stuffy nose. the previous owner says it's allergies to milk, but I haven't given him any since I had him. I have also been told he has an upper respiratory infection which will go away on it's own. Any advice before we take him to the vet?
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