Chinese Crested Dog

The Chinese Crested Dog is an elegant and distinctive dog breed that originated in China over 2000 years ago. Some of the breed's notable physical traits are its small, round head and large, erect ears. It is an excellent companion animal known for its affectionate and loyal nature.

General details

The weight and height of the Chinese Crested Dog vary according to the variety. The Crested variety generally weighs between 2.3 and 5.4 kg and measures between 28 and 33 cm in height. The Powderpuff variety is slightly heavier, generally weighing between 3.6 to 5.9 kg and measuring between 23 and 33 cm in height. The average life expectancy of the Chinese Crested Dog is around 13 to 15 years, although some can live up to 18 years. According to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, it belongs to Group 9, which includes companion dogs.

Breed history in brief

The Chinese Crested Dog is a breed of dog believed to have originated in China over 2000 years ago. Although it is not known for certain how the breed originated, it is believed that it may have been the result of a cross between the Pekingese and the small Mexican hairless dog known as the Xoloitzcuintle. During the 19th century, the breed became popular as a pet in Europe thanks to traders and travelers who brought Chinese Crested dogs with them. The breed also became a favorite of European nobility and royalty, and some Chinese Crested dogs have even been portrayed in famous works of art. In the 20th century, the popularity of the Chinese Crested dog declined, and during World War II, the breed was in danger of extinction. However, thanks to the efforts of some dedicated breeders, the breed has recovered and is now a relatively popular breed worldwide.

Breed characteristics

The "Chinese Crested Dog" dog breed is known for its distinctive appearance and soft, silky coat. The breed has two varieties: the "Crested" and the "Powderpuff". Both varieties have an elegant and delicate appearance, with a small, round head and large erect ears. The breed has a short, strong back and a long, slender tail that curves slightly over the back. The Crested variety has soft, silky hair on the head, legs and tail, while the rest of the body is bare. Patches of hair can be of any color, but solid colors are the most common. The skin of the Chinese Crested Dog is soft and velvety, and can be of different colors, from pink to black. The Powderpuff variety has a soft, silky coat all over, and comes in a variety of colors and patterns, including solid, spotted and mottled. In addition to its distinctive appearance, the Chinese Crested is known for its friendly and affectionate personality. It is a very loyal and affectionate dog with its family, and can be an excellent companion dog for seniors or apartment dwellers.

Common health problems

The breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, epilepsy, respiratory problems, elbow dysplasia, congenital heart disease, eye disease, allergies and skin infections. In addition to the aforementioned conditions, the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) of OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) recommends a cardiac and ocular evaluation examination, as well as a series of tests to assess the following diseases: primary lens luxation, progressive retinal atrophy, congenital deafness and Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome.

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