Friday, December 10, 2010

CHINESE CRESTED DOGS

These dogs are kind of funny-looking because they don't have much hair.  Well, except some of them do have hair, and in the very same litter, you can have dogs with hair and dogs without hair.  Which is kind of confusing, if you ask me.




Anyway, the hairless kind of Chinese crested has more dominant genes than the "powderpuff" kind, which is what the hairy ones are called.  The hairless dogs have what's called "furnishings," and these are cute little tufts of hair on their feet, tail, and head.  The hair on their feet is called "socks," and the hair on their tail is a "plume," and the hair on their head is a "crest."  Which is why they are called "crested," of course.



Some hairless Chinese crested dogs have more hair than others, and the ones with more hair are called "hairy hairless."  Which is a funny phrase because it makes your brain kind of do somersaults.  But even if a hairy hairless dog has quite a bit of hair, you can still tell it apart from a powderpuff because the powderpuff has a thick double coat.  Sometimes the owners of hairy hairless dogs shave them to make them look more hairless.  I think this is probably more true for show dogs than for pet dogs, but I could be wrong about this.

Anyway, the hairless Chinese cresteds have very smooth, soft skin, like human skin, and it can come in all sorts of colors.  People who have hairless dogs need to put lotion on them every day to keep their skin soft. Also if they are going to be out in the sun, they need to put sunscreen on their dogs.  Powderpuffs need to be brushed every day so that they don't get matted.

You may think that Chinese crested dogs started their history in China, but this is not really true, although the breed might have got popular there by the 13th century.  For a long time, people thought the Chinese crested was related to the Mexican hairless dog, with maybe some chihuahua mixed in, but now scientists have figured out that the Mexican hairless dog was around for 2000 years or so before the Chinese crested showed up.

Another theory was that the Chinese crested was actually from Africa, and now that we can do DNA testing to show if these theories are right, guess what!  It turns out that the Chinese crested not only came from Africa but it also has some of the same genes as basenjis!

Anyway, here are some other things I can tell you about this breed:  They are about 12 inches tall and weigh 10 pounds or less.  They are good dogs for people with allergies or for people who live in apartments.  They are very friendly dogs who love to be around people.  They are generally happy and like to sit in people's laps.  They are energetic, playful, smart, and can learn to do lots of tricks.



Hairless cresteds have what is called a "primitive mouth," which means that all their teeth are pointy, like canine teeth are.  And sometimes the way their teeth grow in makes them have a bunch of dental problems.  Powderpuffs have teeth that are more like regular dogs' teeth.  Both kinds of cresteds can get PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), which is what Gabe has, but his isn't too bad.  And they can get luxating patellas, which is what I had.  But if their health is mostly okay, a Chinese crested can live to be 12 to 14 years old.



I've never met a Chinese crested personally, and neither has Mom.  Generally I don't get too excited about toy breeds, but now that I know that the Chinese crested is related to basenjis, I am more interested.  In fact, I told Mom that maybe we should get one of our very own, since they are small and wouldn't eat much.  But Mom said no.  As usual.

20 comments:

  1. Dear Piper,

    My auntie Linda (who thinks I'm wonderful; she's so smart) has 2 CC's. One is a puff; one is nekkid. They are nice, but are boy dogs which, of couse, is not as good as being a girl dog. Mom says the nekkid dogs require a lot of skin/hair care. I think that's kind of strange that nekkid dogs are not low maintanence.

    Your friend,
    Zest, superstar in training

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  2. Dear Zest,
    You are lucky to get to know some CC's personally, even if they are boys and not girls. I also think it is weird that people have to spend so much time taking care of those dogs' bare skin. I guess it's kind of like my mom, who is always putting lotion on her skin and sunscreen and covering it up with clothes. But I still think it would be fun to have a crested of my very own to play with, as long as Mom did all the work of taking care of it!

    Your friend, Piper

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  3. I Love Maltese Dogs. Maltese are very lovable & adorable dogs. Maltese dogs are naturally small and yet they are playful and intelligent as well as a loyal companion.

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  4. Dear cruxweb,
    I think Maltese are very cute, too, and very nice dogs. I might write a blog entry about them sometime, but I haven't done that yet. You will be happy to know that I did mention Maltese dogs in my entry about dogs in Ancient Rome, which was posted on December 31, 2010.
    Sincerely, Piper

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  5. is the last pic on this page a real dog or a soft toy?

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  6. I thought it was a real dog, but now I am looking at the picture again, and I see a seam where they sewed it together, so I guess it is really a toy! Ha! Well, I am sorry I got fooled by the photo. And I'd still like to play with that dog, even if it is not real.

    Sincerely, Piper

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  7. where can i buy this

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  8. Dear Anonymous,
    I tried to find this stuffed toy on the internet, but I can't find it now, so maybe it already got sold. There are a few other plush Chinese Crested toys, but I don't see the one in the picture. Sorry.

    Piper

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  9. Chinese crested stuffed toy is made by Jacqui Wickendon, of www.jcwbears, from England. She is a fabulous bear artist. I have 3 of her artist dogs and they are GORGEOUS. If you order a Chinese Crested, be prepared to wait 6 mos and she does require a minimal deposit. But....she is worth the wait!

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  10. Dear Piper,
    I found this after searching for Chinese Crested on here. I have 3 myself and they are all completely different; looking, personality, everything.
    Thank you for the nice little blog about them.
    Regards,
    Gemma (Sox, Sammy & Suki)

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  11. Dear Gemma,
    I'm glad you liked my blog entry about Chinese Cresteds. They are very cute little dogs, and I think you are lucky to have three of them!
    Sincerely, Piper

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  12. has anyone ever bought from comical cresteds in texas? i am looking for a small TRUE hairless with spots and a white tuft??? i live in texas.

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  13. I have a chinese crested and she is the most adorable intelligent and loving dog.I really love them, I also have a silky yorkiee ,but my chinese crested is more disabling.I can take her anywhere.

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  14. I have 2 4 year old cc and a new litter of 3 girls I love love love them , lots of people want me to mate with their small breed dogs but I will stay true to the breed and only mate cc to cc Lover in Canada

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  15. This,Chinese Crested is a 17-year old "true hairless", my dad was a sire of merit. My skin has been no problem once my mom found the right food, Medi Cal Preventative and now I am on the Medi Cal Joint Formula. My teeth were never very good, I am hurt that you call them primitive, but yes they are pointy looks baby teeth and a lot are missing. So I need small bites of food. I am a very messy eater. I don't like being in anybody's lap I like my own bed. Now I am old I like to sleep a lot.

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    1. I don't blame you for liking to sleep a lot because I like to sleep a lot, too, and I'm only 9-1/2 years old! I'm glad your mom found the right food to keep your skin nice. I did not mean to hurt anybody's feelings by calling Chinese Cresteds' teeth "primitive." I was just reporting what I read when I was researching the breed! I think your human loves you and doesn't care if you are a messy eater. As long as she keeps feeding you, that is the important thing!

      Your friend, Piper

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  16. hi to everyone I try to find a Chinese crested stuffed dog for my child I can't find any can you please help me and give me a site or a name I can look thank you so much

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    1. Try doing a Google search on "chinese crested plush toy." That should get you at least a few sources.

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