The Chinese Crested is one of the many hairless breeds in the
world. They are the only breed of hairless dogs that carry the
gene for long coat. The breed originally came from Africa. Chinese
trading ships picked up these dogs because they were good ratters
on the ships and carried no fleas. They renamed the dogs Chinese
The ideal Chinese Crested is a small, active and graceful dog
that is a loving, playful and entertaining companion. They are
happy and alert toy breed.
They come in two varieties which may be born in the same litter:
the Hairless and Powderpuff. The Hairless has hair on it head,
tail and feet. The Powderpuff has a short undercoat with a soft
veil hair over the top. Both come in numerous colors.
Cresteds are highly intelligent. They are easily trained and
do well in obedience and agility. They enjoy the companionship
of their families. They get along well with other breeds of
dogs and cats.