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Chinese Crested

Breed origin: China
Original purpose: Used by mariners aboard ships to hunt vermin.

AKC recognized: 1991
AKC group: Toy

Size: Height: 11 to 13 inches
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Color: Any color or combination of colors.

Life span: 10 to 15 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Chinese Crested is elegant, gay, alert, lively, and agile. It comes in two varieties: the hairless and the powerpuff. Both varieties will frequently appear in the same litter. The hairless variety is prone to skin irritations, allergies and sunburn, and precautions must be taken to prevent this. They are loving and playful companions and do well in families with gentle children.

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Good with children? Yes, with gentle children.

Hypoallergenic? Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.

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Suitable canine sports/activities: conformation, agility, obedience

Grooming requirement: Brush frequently to prevent matting. Shed very little.

Known health problems: Poor dentition (mostly in the hairless variety), progressive retinal atrophy, canine multiple system degeneration, patellar luxation, allergies, autoimmune diseases.

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Recommended books for further reading:

Chinese Crested (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Juliette Cunliffe, Isabelle Francais, and Carol Ann Johnson
Published in 2005
155 pages

Chinese Cresteds (Complete Pet Owner's Manual)
By Anna Morton
Published in 2007
96 pages

A New Owner's Guide to Chinese Crested
By Joseph Rachunas
Published in 1998
160 pages

The Complete Chinese Crested
By Brenda Jones
Published in 2000
160 pages

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Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Chinese Crested Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Chinese Crested Club Rescue

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