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Chinese Crested (Hairless)
An elegant, refined Toy breed, long legged and with strong presence as much because of its unusual appearance as its exquisite, soft and dramatic expression.  Extremely devoted and typically bonded to one person, the Crested is known for its gay and happy demeanor.

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General Information
Group(s): Toy Height: 11-13 inches
Weight: usually under 20 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: Any color or combination of colors. Coat type: Other than crest (neck and head), plume (tails) and socks this breed is hairless. Its skin can be pigmented (brown/black/gray) or not (pink).
Recognized Registries: NCA, AKC, UKC, FCI and others
Overall Appearance: Refined and elegant toy breed with hair only as a plume (tail) crest (head and neck) and socks (feet) creating a festive and sophisticated appearance.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: good but prone to anxiety and nervousness if improperly handled
  with Children: generally not a good choice since they are fragile
  with other pets: generally good if socialized with them but fairly easily intimidated
  with dogs: generally good with dogs of similar size
Socialization requirements: high - this breed is easily indulged or neglected leaving them anxious and potentially aggressive if excess in either case
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the need to nurture confidence but not tyranny in these dogs and that recognizes the general fragile quality of those diminutive bones.
Temperament Notes: Happy, alert, intelligent and playful. Very prone to entertain.
Training requirement: socializing and some basic manners
Trainer notes: Not at all difficult to train if one has an appreciation of a nature inclined to entertain (rather than obey), a very small sense of self and easily intimidated demeanor.  The Crested does best when encouraged and shaped via positive influence.  Punishment or harsh handling only creates anxiety and distrust in the little dog.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: in the West in the late 1800s
Country of Origin: probably South Africa but China is credited
Original Function: companion
History: Probably descended from mutations that could have occurred as long ago as times of original domestication. Arid regions would likely allow for the survival of such to be encouraged by fanciers.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: too large, coat too extensive for hairless but not complete as for PowderPuff,
Health Notes: Patellar Luxation, Legges-Perthe, Allergies, Minor Eye Problems
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Cresteds?
  • How long have you been breeding them?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • What health issues are you aware of?
  • What health concerns do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • How old are your puppies when you send them home?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • Do you microchip your puppies?
  • What suggestions do you have for training, caring for and socializing a Crested pup?
  • What would you consider to be the ideal Crested temperament?
  • What would you consider to be the ideal Crested home?
  • What titles do you seek to put on your breeding stock?
Web Sites:

You and your Crested can have a message and be totally stylin' in tshirts by Bark Out Loud! from patriotism to spay/neuter to breast cancer awareness, you can get your point across! -Chinese Crested Rescue Hope's Haven, Chinese Crested Rescue - Collars, leashes, harnesses and more - you design and get it custom made at reasonable prices and with FREE shipping!

Other Resources
Breed standard: -FCI standard of the Chinese Crested

Breeder Ethics: Code of Ethics for the Chinese Crested Club in the US

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