Chinese Crested Breed Magazine - Showsight


By the American Chinese Crested Club

T he origin of the Chinese Crested has many theo- ries, myths or legends and is still obscure in pinpointing the breed’s exact origin. It is gen- erally 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 ful- ly coated Chinese Crested variety called a Powderpu ff . Both varieties are elegant and graceful and structurally are the same dog except for the coat. Th ey 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 Crest- ed 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. Th e activity level of a Crested is medium to high, but they do enjoy quiet times with their family, and can be a great apartment dog. Naturally a dog that bonds so closely with the person in their life can excel with the challenge of obedience, agility, fly ball, lure-cours- ing, and other activities—a loving team working together is their idea of a great time. Th e breed is well-suited to being therapy or service dogs and enjoy visit- ing with residents or patients in hospi- tals and nursing homes. Some Cresteds have a great sense of humor and enjoy playing whatever games you can create. Conformation shows can be a fun family activity (children can compete in Junior Showmanship), and the Canine Good Citizenship program can lead to a CGC title—as well as teaching your pet to be a good citizen. Powderpu ff s require more frequent brushing and care of their coat, the Hair- less should have a weekly bath and pro- tection from extremes in weather condi- tions—sun and cold. Th e American Chinese Crested Club participates in the CHIC program (Canine Health Information Center) with the

Orthopedic Foundation for Animals and the AKC Canine Health Foundation. Currently the recommendations for breed- ers to screen and test their breeding stock for disorders as noted on the OFA Website: html?breed=CHC Th e Chinese Crested is a rather long-lived breed and living well into their teens is expected. Th ere are several options when choos- ing a Chinese Crested; they come in the two coat varieties and size can be variable. In the Hairless varying degrees of body hair are evident, from little to no body hair to a fine covering of hair over most of the body. Th e hair on either variety is soft and silky in texture. Th e Standard calls for any color or combination of colors as well as ideal size from eleven to thirteen inches in height. You will find the Hair- less skin will tan with exposure to sun and fade in winter, the Powderpu ff coats often change color throughout their lives. Chinese Cresteds may not be the breed for everyone, but for those who decide to share their home with a Crest- ed will find a loving and loyal compan- ion as their reward. Read more at http://accc.chinesecrest-

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