Five Fun Facts About The Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested is never mistaken for any other breed! With this dog’s spiky 80’s hair, fur socks and skin that is spotted pink, these small dogs have everyone’s eyes on them. 

Here are five fun facts about the Chinese Crested:

One – The Chinese Crested is not actually Chinese. These dogs are descendants of the now extinct African hairless dog. But eventually they were brought to China and were a particular favorite of Chinese sailors, as these dogs would catch rats roaming about the ship. In China, they were bred to be smaller dogs.

Two – There are two varieties of Chinese Crested: the hairless and the powderpuff. The powderpuff Cresteds have a coat of thick silky fur all over their bodies. Both varieties can be found in the same litter.

Three – They need extra help to keep warm in cold weather but keep them away from wool. Many Cresteds are allergic to wool and lanolin and can get skin rashes. 

Four – They sweat. Unlike other dogs who don’t have many sweat glands except on their paws, the Chinese Crested has sweat glands and they don’t have to pant to cool off.

Five – They use ugly to their advantage. Chinese Cresteds have won the World’s Ugliest Dog contest more than any other breed. They can also be very beautiful and elegant. is a comprehensive site for information dog owners can rely on, and includes tips on health, exercise, fun facts, breed profiles and much more. To access the complete article on the most popular dog breed, plus the article mentioned above and more, just go to has a free active Facebook Group of dog parents which any dog owner is welcome to join at  The WoofPost’s official hashtag is #woofpost

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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