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Most dogs
are of the species “Canis Familiaris”, but the Chinese Crested Dog is “Canis Africanus”.

Chinese Crested Dog

Dog: A kind of additional or subsidiary Deity designed to catch the overflow and surplus of the world’s worship. – Ambrose Bierce

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Although the origin of the Chinese Crested Dog is unknown, dogs of this type have existed in the Caribbean and Central and South America for hundreds of years. Some believe they originated in Africa.

They take their name from their early association with the Mandarins in China. Chinese sailors took them aboard to keep the rodent population down and thus they were once known as the Chinese Ship Dogs.

There are two types of Chinese Crested Dogs. The Hairless has a “crest” of hair on the head and neck. There is also hair on the tail and feet. The Powderpuff is completely covered with a soft coat of straight, long hair. They do not shed, are odourless, and are an excellent choice for people with allergies. This little dog should stand no more than 13 inches at the shoulder and should not weigh more than 12 pounds. Low maintenance for grooming and exercise, they fit well in environments that are generally not “dog-friendly” such as apartments.

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Photos displayed courtesy of Sue Donald, Masquerade, British Columbia

The Chinese Crested is a fun-loving, playful, and agile little clown. These “little pony dogs” are affectionate, lively, intelligent, alert, inquisitive, and entertaining companions. Among their many endearing qualities is their ability to use their feet like hands to cling to objects. A friendly family dog, the Crested is not aggressive towards children or other animals. This breed is not one to be kept outside in a kennel. They are happiest with the companionship of a home, and are best in a one dog family.

The hairless variety is susceptible to cold and sunburn and requires a moisturizing lotion to protect the skin.

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