to popular belief, the Chinese Crested is not the product of an ancient oriental heritage. Unlike Mexico’s
Xolo, the Crested is a very modern breed. it owes its hairlessness to its Xolo ancestry, but many other breeds made a genetic
contribution to the modern Chinese Crested. Because of this recent and diverse ancestry selection becomes more complicated.
toy type is the product of many breeds but none of these should predominate in its make up. In other words, a Chinese Crested
should never resemble a Papillon, a Yorkie, a Chihuahua,
a Maltese, a Lowchen, etc.
as we know it was developed during the 1950s and 60s based on two foundation bloodlines, Crest Haven and Lee. Every Crested
pedigreed in the world races back to these two lines.
founded by Debora Wood of Homestead, FL, was based on eight dogs of unknown origin purchased from a defunct German circus
act in the 1950s.The Lee line, founded by the famed entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee, was based on a more varied gene pool, also
undocumented. By combining these lines, a viable gene pool was established to found the breed. However, establishing consistency
of size, type and quality required many generations.