Sunday, November 1, 2009
Breed of the Month--Chinese Crested
Color: Any color or combination of colors.
Height: Males: 11-13 inches/ Females: 9-12 inches
Weight: Varies, no more than 12 lbs
Life Span: 10-12 years
Breed Health Concerns: Allergies, patellar luxation, dental problems, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, and skin problems (hairless).
Coat: Two Types: 1) Hairless, has a silky, soft, flowing hair on head, feet, and tail.
2) Powderpuff, has a double coat with a short, silky undercoat, and a soft, straight outer coat.
Country of Origin: China/ Africa
Visit the American Kennel Club for breed standards and more information.
The hairless breeds of today have evolved from mutations that have occurred in past pariah-type puppy litters. With such a unique appearance in the dog world, they Chinese Crested came to be very popular in Africa, China, Mexico, and Spain.
Many people fall in love with the Chinese Crested because it is affectionate, lively, and playful. Proper socialization is very important in this breed to keep him comfortable with strangers and more outgoing. This breed likes to dig and climb. The Chinese Crested has a hare foot, making it able to hold food, toys, and even people.
Chinese Crested dogs get some of their energy out by following family members around in their daily routine, but do need a good walk daily as well.
Chinese Cresteds have no odor and are very clean. The hairless kind needs to be bathed on a regular basis as well as have oil and/or creme applied to help protect it's skin. The Powerpuff variety needs regular brushing, as the undercoat will become matted if not tended to. Both types are naturally resistant to ticks and fleas.
The Chinese Crested will comply with basic requests and responds well to positive training. Making training a game for the entire family will help this breed have fun and learn more quickly.