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Chinese Crested

Personality:Lively, alert, and affectionate.

Coat & Grooming:Coated needs regular brushing. Hairless needs sun screen in the summer, and body lotion to help keep skin soft.

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Slim and graceful, Cresteds enjoy brisk walks; their favorite indoor exercise is following their humans from room to room.

Originally: Africa/China

Nicknames: Crested

Size: Small

Meet the Chinese Crested

​Spotted pink skin! A spiky “crested” hairdo! Furry socks and a feathery tail! You aren’t the first to notice that hairless Cresteds look like weird creatures from a Dr. Seuss book. In fact, many owners affectionately call them the “Dr. Seuss Dog.” At first, the hairless and the powderpuff might look like different breeds. But under the double coat—straight and silky on top, short and wooly underneath—there’s very little difference between the powderpuff and his undressed brother. 

What's Their Story?

​The Crested’s story goes so far back in time, we can only make educated guesses about how the breed was created. It’s thought that in ancient times large hairless dogs from Africa were brought to China and reduced in size after years of breeding. Chinese sailors traveled the high seas with Cresteds onboard. (The breed was once known as the Chinese Ship Dog.) The dogs became famous as shipboard rat catchers, and they were traded among sailors in seaports around the world.

What are they Like?

​They’re as fun as they look: playful, loving, and totally devoted to their humans. The hairless has its advantages: there’s no doggy odor, their soft warm skin makes them great bed warmers on chilly nights and, for obvious reasons, shedding isn’t much of a problem. Both the hairless and powderpuff are ideal companions around the house, totally in tune with their family. Alert and curious Cresteds might corner the occasional bug or mouse, a throwback to their former job as a seagoing exterminator.

See more Chinese Crested photos here

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