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      Chinese Crested Characteristics

      Breed Name
      Size
      Small
      Energy
      Moderate
      Weight
      5-12 lbs
      Coat
      Hairless or doublecoated, soft, silky hair.

      About Chinese Cresteds

      These amusing little dogs make excellent, loyal companions! Known for their distinctive, hairless appearance, these dogs actually do come in a hairy variety as well. The geographical origins of the Chinese Crested are not certain, but it is clear that they worked as "ratters" to help eliminate vermin on ships. Chinese Crested are alert and playful, adjust well to apartment and house living, and do very well with children and families.

      Did You Know?

      Chinese Cresteds are popular Hollywood dogs, appearing in movies like How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, 102 Dalmatians, and Cats and Dogs.

      Origin of the Chinese Crested

      Unlike what its name would suggest, the Chinese Crested is not from China, but evolved from either African or Mexican hairless dogs which the Chinese reduced in size.

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