THE CHINESE CRESTED
BY AMERICAN CHINESE CRESTED CLUB HTTP://ACCC.CHINESECRESTEDCLUB.INFO/INDEX.HTML
T he origin of the Chinese Crested has many theories, myths or legends and is still obscure in pinpointing the breed’s exact origin. It is generally accepted that hairless dogs similar in stature and type are documented in Africa, South and Central America, as well as China dating to the early 12th and 13th centuries. For many people, the first impression of a Chinese Crested is how much it looks like a little pony. A Toy dog with a mane (crest), tail (plume), and feathering on its feet (socks) describes the Hairless. Most people are surprised to learn there is a fully coated Chinese Crested variety called a Powderpuff. Both varieties are elegant and graceful, and structur- ally are the same dog except for the coat. They are quite an active, athletic breed, and can entertain themselves playing with toys, but can also be “cat-like” and enjoy sitting in high places like the back of a couch or the arm of a chair. Cresteds are the ultimate comforter dog and many people with chronic pain conditions rely on Cresteds to improve daily life. A Crested wants nothing more than to be as close to its owner as possible—they love laps and sharing food, yet are easily trained to not be obnoxious about begging.
SHOWSIGHT MAGAZINE, JUNE 2023 | 253
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