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Description: There are actually two kinds of Chinese Crested, the Hairless and the Powderpuff. Both varieties of Chinese Crested are from 10 to 12 inches and weigh up to 10 pounds. The Hairless Crested has long hair on its head, ears, feet, and tail tip. The hairless skin can be spotted and is soft to the touch. The Powderpuff Crested has long hair over its entire body. Any color of hair will do with the Chinese Crested. Oddly enough, both the Hairless and Powderpuff can be born in the same litter. The Chinese Crested will live for about 10 to 12 years.

History: Despite its name, the Chinese Crested did not originate in China at all. The Chinese Crested was from either Mexico or Africa to begin with. Regardless, Chinese trading ships landed on the coast of Africa and found the dogs there. As the crews needed something to help control vermin on the ships, they took the little dog aboard. The Chinese ships eventually brought the dog to China, where the name was established.

Temperament: The Chinese Crested is a very affectionate dog that loves to interact with its human companions. It is a loyal dog that should be given plenty of attention. This dog is fine with children except that children might handle this fragile dog too roughly. The Hairless dog has a very sensitive skin that must not be hurt by children accidentally during play. The Crested loves to be active and frisky and can be taught tricks. This dog climbs extremely well, so even if you have a fenced yard, it is best to keep it in sight.

Health Issues: The Chinese Crested is basically a very healthy little dog. Perhaps the biggest health problem is its physical fragility. It is very easy for this dog to be injured, either by falling off furniture, jumping out of your arms, or being sat upon when not observed. The Hairless has problems with tooth decay and its sensitive skin must be given the protection of a sunscreen if the dog will be outside. May of these dogs have an allergy to lanolin and wool.

Grooming: The Hairless Crested is, of course, the easiest of the two varieties to groom. It has so little hair that keeping what it has brushed is easy. The skin, however, is sensitive and should be lightly rubbed with a good oil to keep it healthy and supple. The Powderpuff Crested will need to be brushed every day, however, to keep its coat from tangling. As both kinds of Crested hardly shed, they are a good choice for someone who might be suffering from allergies.

Living Conditions: The Chinese Crested must be an indoors dog. This dog is quite suitable for living in an apartment and much of its exercise needs can be met with play. The Crested enjoys being around its people, so try to keep it near you as much as possible. Other than play, a walk every day will meet the exercise demands of this dog. When the weather turns cool, be sure to put a sweater or jacket on the Hairless dog before taking it outside.

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