A Chinese Crested Dog is one of the pedigree dogs recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale). This dog breed comes with the standard no. 288 registered in Group 9 – Companion and Companion Dogs, Section 4 – Hairless Dogs.
History of the Chinese Crested Dog
A Chinese crested dog has an uncertain historical past. Hairless dogs evolved from genetic defects. The tradition of breeding these creatures has been practiced in China, Africa, and Central and South America for thousands of years. A possible ancestor is the “Canis Africanis” from Africa. In China (Han dynasty 200 BC to 200 AD) this hunting type became a smaller and more delicate specimen as a result of breeding interventions. After conquering the South American continent, the Inquisitors discovered this alien breed of dog.
This type of dog was imported to Europe from China and South America. These exotic dogs were very popular with wealthy nobles. The occurrence of the hairless dog breed in these countries can be proven by excavations and records. There is no concrete history of the origin of the Chinese crested dog. Through the commitment of Great Britain, this dog breed was recognized by the FCI in 1972.
Chinese Crested Dog – Appearance and Variations
This lovable dog comes in two types of variations. On the one hand the racy and delicate-boned type (Deer Type) and on the other hand a somewhat more stable (stocky, physique and strong bones) version, the Cobby type. A Chinese crested dog with a coat is known as a powder puff. This coat variant is not a special breed. A few puppies in each litter are hairy. The topcoat is long with a veil-like and silky appearance and has an undercoat. This is normal, even if the parents are hairless dogs. The graceful crested dog has prevailed in inbreeding.
His fine head with the big erect ears is striking. The eyes are set wide apart and are dark almost black. The unlined head sits on a long neck. The body resembles a deer pinscher and has long legs. The tail is set high and carried proudly upwards. The head is completely hairy. The ears can be covered with long fringes of hair. The flowing head hair (mop) gave this dog breed its name. Two-thirds of the tail (rear area) are also hairy. This hair resembles a plume of feathers. Hair on the legs (up to sock height) is possible.
Essence and Character
A Chinese Crested Dog is smart and playful. These two qualities leave a bright and very agile impression. This cheerful dog is loyal and affectionate towards its human. Aggression is completely alien to him. Alertness is normal and he is not a barker. He can be shy and fearful of strangers. In the end, his friendly and curious nature wins out.
How Do I Keep a Chinese Crested Dog?
The crested dog can easily be kept in an apartment. It is not important whether it is a city or country apartment. He loves human company and prefers to be near his human at all times. With timely acclimatization, a Chinese Crested Dog can be left alone for a few hours a day.
Acquisition of a Chinese Crested Dog
What do I need to pay attention to when purchasing?
A Chinese Crested Dog breeder is usually affiliated with a canine association. The reputable breeders will be happy to give you information about the respective litters. You will receive visual material on request and can arrange visits. The VDH informs you about affiliated breeders in your area. Buying a dog over the Internet (unknown sources) is not advisable. The more popular the breed becomes, the greater the danger of being taken in by an irresponsible “breeder”. A Chinese crested dog’s price is €1,200. The upside range is open. Buying a Chinese crested dog is a matter of trust, especially with this dainty dog.
A Portrait of the Cheerful and Small Hairless Dog Breed
Puppy development and education
The basic training of Chinese Crested Dog puppies is carried out in the first few months by the mother animal and the breeder. You can build on that. A loving and consistent upbringing is important. Not only is this little pup cute, he already has a mind of his own. Don’t miss the time to teach him the rules of living together. Your advantage is that this breed is not dominant and wants to please you. Dog beginners are not overwhelmed with their upbringing. The problem is not in the head area but in the emotional life of the beginner. Puppy courses provide professional support during the training phase. In addition, dog schools allow this social and friendly dog to socialize with other dogs.