Some Surprising Dog Breeds Have Ancient American Heritage

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A few years ago, the folk singer Tom Rush released an album that included some disparaging comments about the Chinese crested dog.

This wasn’t all that surprising, since these dogs are “little fluffy white guys” as Mr. Rush described his wife’s pets, the kind he was embarrassed to be seen with in the big-dog town of Moose, Wyo., where he lived. To escape notice, he walked them at night on long retractable leashes, an exercise he described as “Trolling for Owls,” the title of his album.

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