The Chinese Crested dog breed was created to be an invalid’s companion.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Chinese Crested Dog.
1) African History
Many people depended on the now-extinct African hairless dogs for their warm bodies. Thanks to their lack of fur, they emitted warmth and were often used as bed warmers and hot compresses for aches. This likely led to the rumor that the dogs had magical healing powers. When they were brought to China, they were bred to be smaller.
2) Two Types
The two types of Chinese cresteds are the powderpuff and hairless varieties. A powderpuff Chinese crested has a coat of straight hair that covers its entire body. The more well-known type is the hairless variety, which is in truth only mostly hairless, with tufts of fine, silky hair on the head, tail and feet. These tufts are called the crest, plume and socks, respectively.
3) They have Hair
In addition to the hair on their heads, tails and hocks, Hairless Chinese Cresteds actually have quite a bit of “body hair.” It is sparse like human body hair, rather than a full, dense coat. This hair should be kept shaved back in order to keep the skin healthy, meaning that they require a good bit of grooming. Allowing this hair to grow out really doesn’t help with warmth; Cresteds are better off wearing sweaters in cool weather.
4) Invalid Companion
There is a reason these dogs are so fiercely devoted to their owners; they are believed to have been bred for the purpose of providing companionship to sick and bedridden humans. To this day, you won’t find a better couch potato to snuggle with and they often prefer to sleep under the covers at their human’s side.
5) Hunting Rats
Chinese crested dogs accompanied Chinese sailors on their many voyages during the 14th century. The dogs would catch rats on the ships and thus help prevent the spread of the Black Death. The dogs themselves weren't likely to contribute to the spread of the disease, because their lack of fur meant they were less likely to get fleas.
The Chinese crested comes in a ton of different colors, from slate to pink and chocolate; some even have splotchy spots all over their bodies. The most popular colors have shifted through the years—or example, palomino colored crested dogs were all the rage in the ‘80s, but have since fallen from favor. Some owners notice that their cresteds change color with the seasons; as it gets warmer, their skin gets darker.
7) Wool Allergy
Because they're so bare, Chinese cresteds need to layer up in colder temperatures. Just be careful about what fabrics you use to clothe your pooch—many cresteds are allergic to wool and lanolin. In general, itchy fabrics can lead to irritation or rashes.
8) They have Sweat
Unlike most other dogs, Chinese cresteds have sweat glands and can cool down without panting.
9) Good at Sports
Despite their breeding history as leisure pets, Chinese Cresteds have a high capacity for athleticism. They excel at agility competitions and are often able to scale high fences – if the mood ever strikes them. Luckily for Crested parents, the wander lust of the breed is very low. They prefer to stick close to home.
10) Hypoallergenic Dogs
No dog is totally nonallergenic, but certain breeds are more hypoallergenic than others. The American Kennel Club lists the Chinese crested as one of these hypoallergenic dogs breeds because of their sparse, non-shedding coats. Some people with allergies have reported that Chinese cresteds do not trigger their symptoms. However, this is not true for all dog-allergy sufferers. If you have allergies and are considering adopting a Chinese crested, spend some time with the breed before you commit.