There is no mistaking the Chinese Crested for any other breed! With this dog’s spiky hair, fur socks and pink spotted skin, he draws attention from everyone.

The Chinese Crested is a toy breed, standing between eleven and thirteen inches at the shoulder and has a lifespan of between thirteen and eighteen years.

These are fun dogs, as they are not only cute, but loving, playful and completely devoted to their human family.

The breed’s origins are lost in history but it’s thought that they are derived from large hairless dogs that were brought from Africa to China. The Chinese used these dogs aboard their trading vessels to catch rats and keep the ships free from pests.

Beginning in the 1880’s, the Chinese Crested became popular in the United States, through the efforts of two women who adored the breed, journalist Ida Garrett and Debra Woods, a breeder.

This breed is also sometimes known as the “Dr. Suess dog” due to it’s resemblance to some of Dr. Suess’ cartoon creatures.

The Crested actually comes in two varieties, the Hairless and the Powderpuff. The Hairless has hair only on the head, ankles and tail. The Powderpuff has a silky soft coat. Both varieties are born in the same litter, as the Powderpuff is genetically recessive.

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