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Chinese Crested Dog

Chinese Crested Dog
Country of origin
FCI[?]:Group 9 Section 4
ANKC[?]:Group 1 (Toys)
Breed standards (external links)
FCI (http://www.google.com/search?q=cache:OCwqFEJZUxkJ:www.fci.be/uploaded_files/288gb98_en.doc+site:www.fci.be+%22288+/11.+05.+1998+%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8), AKC (http://www.akc.org/breeds/recbreeds/chincr.cfm), ANKC (http://www.ankc.aust.com/chincres), KC(UK) (http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/discoverdogs/toy/y907.htm), NZKC (http://www.nzkc.org.nz/br118)
Also recognised by the
Canadian Kennel Club[?]

The Chinese Crested Dog is a smallish breed of dog, known for its unusual appearance.

They are not a robust dog, so letting them jump off even small heights (like off a couch) is inadvisable.

They come in two varieties: Hairless, and Powderpuff. Hairless are the more famous variety of Chinese crested, known for their lack of a fur coat. Instead, they have a soft, human-like skin which is unusual to the touch, but they do have tufts of fur on their paws and tail. They also have a head of long, wavy hair on their heads, which is known as a crest. Fur on the muzzle, known as a beard, is not uncommon. Their skin comes in a variety of colours, just like humans, so it ranges from a pale flesh to black.

The Powderpuffs are less unusual-looking, and they share the crest and build of the Hairless - but this is where the similarities in appearance end.

On the upside, Chinese Cresteds are affectionate, happy dogs - but some of them can develop neurotic behaviour, and the Hairless dogs can develop a nasty case of acne. Maintenance of the skin is similar to maintaining human skin - moisturising cream can keep the skin from becoming too dry, and in fair-skinned Chinese cresteds, if one lives in a warm climate where there is a lot of sun (Australia, Spain etc) one should apply sun-screen to the dog's skin.

Overall, if one is prepared to give proper maintenance, attention and care, a Chinese Crested can, barring accident or illness, live up to fifteen years of age.

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