Although the early beginnings of the breed is
undocumented, some historians theorize that the breed is the result of crossing the
Mexican Hairless and the Chihuahua. However there is evidence that during the 16th century
and as early as 1530 that Chinese traders obtained Cresteds either in Mexico or Africa and
sold them throughout the world.
Because the dogs had no
hair it is believed that the Chinese Emperors treasured them and kept them for their
magical healing properties. Because the dogs have no hair to insulate their bodies, the
Chinese would place the hairless pup on an aching arm producing a portable heating pad
effect. This made the dogs magical as well as medical.
Others believed the
hairless dogs were eaten as a delicacy.
Chinese Cresteds come in
two types. The hairless carries varying amounts of hair on their bodies, has a crest of
hair somewhat like a mane on the head and neck and furnishings on the legs and tail, The
Powder Puff has a soft, non shedding coat that covers the entire body.
This little dog is
truly a treasure to have around. As a pet they do not shed, are odorless and generally
rugged and healthy. They are gay and very agile little clowns that when running around the
yard look very much, as children call then little pony "dogs". They
are very charming with their clown like antics melt the heart and make you smile. They are
very intelligent breed of dog that can use their feet like hands to cling to objects. They
are an alternative for people who don't enjoy grooming or vacuuming hair and are excellent
for people with allergies. Although this is not a barking breed they are alert to the
slightest noise and will alert you to visitors.