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.