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Chinese Cresteds are a hairless breed, with a "mane and "tail". Many resemble small, elegant ponies. They also come in a Powderpuff or hairy variety; both can be any combination of colors. The hairless variety needs regular skin care; these are easily allergic, can develop warts and sunburn quickly.
Cresteds are a sweet, gentle breed that love nothing more than to hang out with their people.
It is thought that Chinese sailors picked up the ancestors of the breed in Africa and brought them on board their ships to hunt vermin. By the mid 19th century Cresteds began to show up in European art and so made their way to American shores.
By the Numbers
Size: 11 to 13 inches at the shoulder.
Coat Care: 8 – medium to high. the Powerpuff requires regular brushing and the Hairless needs regular skin care and protection.
Trainability: 6 – medium. They want to please their owners but sometimes lack the self confidence to do the job well.
Energy level: 7. They are a highly adaptable dog but do enjoy plenty of exercise.
Good with Children: 6 – They do well with older, gentle children
Noise level: medium – 6: They alert to intruders but are otherwise quiet.
Low Shedding/hypoallergenic: – Hairless 2, very low; Powderpuff 7, medium to high.
To get more information or to find a puppy, contact the American Chinese Crested Club.
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