This dainty, affectionate Chinese Crested is an old breed believed to have once been kept aboard Chinese sailing vessels as a vermin hunter and to have descended from African hairless dogs. By the mid-1800’s they had begun appearing in European art and were being entered in American dog shows by the end of the 1800’s. They come two varieties, the Hairless, which has silky hair on its head, feet, and tail, and the Powderpuff, which is entirely covered with a double, soft, straight coat. The varieties can occur in the same litter and any color and combination of colors is acceptable. Owners should be aware that hairless dogs are more prone to skin irritations and be ready to treat any such problems and prevent them when possible. They are sweet-natured, playful pets that do well in a family with gentle children. They shed little and are among the breeds recommended for those with allergies.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.