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The Chinese Crested Dog, a dog without hair on his body

The Chinese Crested Dog is a breed whose gait is decidedly off the beaten track. It attracts attention with its nudity and its head with a tuft of hair, which is similar to a rooster's crest, hence its name. Because of its exceptional physical characteristics, the Chinese Crested Dog needs very specific care.

Characteristics of the Chinese Crested Dog

The Chinese Crested Dog is considered to be the most curious and strange dog. It must be said that his physique is particularly atypical. This breed comes in two types: the fluffy variety also known as Powder-Puff and the naked variety. The first has soft and long hair along the body. The standard accepts all shades, all tones and mixes as far as the coat is concerned.

However, it is especially the "naked" type that is the most original. Thus, it is devoid of hair except for the head. The ridge is provided with fine hairs that go from the top of the head to the neck. The feet, the lower limbs as well as the tail are also hairy in this variety. The Chinese Crested Dog is small in size. It measures from 23 to 33 cm for a weight between 3 and 5 kg. The body benefits from a kind of flexibility and is rather long. The head displays a lively and graceful look. It has dark to black and almond-shaped eyes. The ears are erect and large. In Powder-Puff, they are usually drooping.

History of the breed Chinese Crested Dog

The origins of the Chinese Crested Dog are not very clear. It is said that this breed of Chinese origin dates back to the Han dynasty, around the beginning of the 13th century, which makes it an ancient animal. In its country of origin, it was used to fight against vermin and rats during transport by boat. On arrival, tradition had it that the animal was also sold with the goods being shipped. This explains the presence of the Chinese Crested Dog in many countries around the world. Moreover, in China, it is not very well known. On the other hand, it conquered the heart of the Anglo-Saxons.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Chinese Crested Dog

The Chinese Crested Dog is very gentle, active and always cheerful. He is obedient and remains compatible with children. Even if he is not really dedicated to guarding, he proves to be an excellent pet, especially since he remains deeply attached to his masters. In addition, he does not need a lot of physical exercise. On this subject, the Chinese Crested Dog must live indoors, because his nudity makes his skin extremely sensitive to cold or strong heat. A few walks from time to time will be enough to make him happy.

Diet and main health problems of Chinese Crested Dogs

Since this dog's body cannot retain heat due to the lack of hair, he needs a high energy diet. As far as his health is concerned, this dog can be affected by dermatological diseases such as solar dermatitis, atopic or allergic dermatitis or sunburn.