Crested’s exotic appearance, fastidious habits and charming personality combine to make this breed an incomparable companion.
Described in the standard as as “fine boned and elegant” both the hairless and powderpuff varieties range in size
from 11” to 13” in height and weigh 10 to 12 pounds at maturity. They do not shed, which makes them an ideal pet
for many allergy sufferers.
Cresteds can be found
in every color and combination of colors, from black to white, to every imaginable combination of spots and markings.
Hairless dogs have been
known in many regions of the world for hundreds of years. By far, the most popular of the hairless breeds today, the Chinese
Crested occupies the unique position of the only hairless longhaired dog. Although China is frequently cited as its birthplace, the Crested was actually
made in the USA. The breed made its first
appearance at American and English dog shows late in the nineteenth century. Cresteds were exhibited as an AKC Miscellaneous
breed sporadically until the 1960s. Nearly 20 years later the breed was readmitted to the AKC Miscellaneous class. AKC voted
to readmit the breed in September 1985 and it again became eligible to compete in February, 1986. On February 1, 1991 the
breed finally gained full AKC recognition and entered the Toy Group April 1, 1991.
The Crested is a highly
intelligent, sensitive breed. They are curious, inquisitive and thoroughly devoted to their owners. This is not the breed
for someone who does not desire considerable interaction with a dog. Although quite sociable with other dogs, they prefer
They have an innate desire
to please and respond readily to positive reinforcement training. Energetic and agile, they excel at obedience, agility and
rally. They also make great therapy dogs. As a rule, they are quite easy to housetrain. Contrary to popular belief, hairless
Cresteds can be trained to go out in cold weather, but they are sensitive to cold and will appreciate a coat on these occasions.
They love a walk or a car ride and will happily accompany you on all your travels.
With proper care, a well
bred Crested can be expected to live for 14 to 18 years. They typically remain active and playful well into old age.