With a name like Chinese Crested, it’s easy to assume that this breed originated in China, but that’s actually not the case. In fact, the Chinese Crested is believed to have evolved from hairless dogs in Africa. These dogs are terrific ratters, so they were kept on ships to control the rat population. Traded among merchants and sailors, they were found in ports as far-flung as Central and South America. Eventually, the Chinese favored the small size of this breed and adopted it as their own.
There are two varieties of Chinese Crested – the hairless version and the powderpuff. While the powderpuff is covered from head to tail with soft, downy fur, the hairless has fur only on his feet, head and tail.
The Chinese Crested is an alert dog who is both gentle and playful at the same time, making an excellent choice for families with children. The hairless Chinese Crested will need extra consideration due to all of that exposed skin – sunburn, allergies and other skin irritations are more common in this variety of the breed.
In addition to skin concerns, Chinese Cresteds are prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – and your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Chinese Cresteds are prone to include eye problems such as lens luxation, progressive retinal atrophy and keraconjunctivitis sicca; and hip diseases such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your playful Chinese Crested inherits more than a barely-there coat, you’re covered.