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About Chinese Cresteds

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Hope Saidel is co-owner of Golly Gear, a bricks-and-mortar and online shop featuring fun, affordable and practical small dog products


Chinese Cresteds are great companions

According to the American Kennel Club, the Chinese Crested is: "A fine-boned, elegant toy dog that craves human companionship, the Crested comes in two varieties. The Hairless has soft, silky hair on its head (crest), tail (plume) and feet (socks). Wherever the body is hairless the skin is soft and smooth. The Powderpuff is entirely covered with a double soft, straight coat. The two types often come from the same litter. Any color or combination of colors is allowed.

"It is believed that Chinese mariners sailed with this breed - believed to have evolved from African hairless dogs - on board. During the time of the Chinese plagues, hairless dogs were stowed aboard ships to hunt vermin. By the mid-nineteenth century, Cresteds began appearing in European art, and entries of the breed in American dog shows began in the late 1800s."

Here at our shop,, we know that Chinese Cresteds are a very special breed - with some unique needs, issue, challenges and joys. Our dog-loving staff is always happy to help you find the perfect products for your dog.

Information and Resources for Chinese Cresteds

  • Chinese Crested Information | American Kennel Club
    A toy dog, fine-boned, elegant and graceful. The distinct varieties are born in the same litter. The Hairless with hair only on the head, tail and feet and the Powderpuff, completely covered with hair. The breed serves as a loving companion, playful
  • Chinese Crested | Official web site
    The Chinese Crested is a toy dog, fine-boned, elegant and graceful. The distinct varieties are born in the same litter.
  • Crest Care Rescue
    We are a group of individuals living across the United States and Canada, whose goals are to preserve and protect Chinese Cresteds in need. We provide vetting, transportation, and foster homes for each dog in need, until he or she can be carefully ma
  • Chinese Crested Meetup Groups - Meetup
    Helps groups of people with shared interests plan meetings and form offline clubs in local communities around the world about Chinese Crested
  • Great Stuff For Your Chinese Crested - Golly Gear
    Chinese Cresteds are small dogs that require special consideration. Golly Gear can help you find the best harness for your small dog.

Adorable or ugly?

Chinese Cresteds are a perfect example of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. To aficionados of the breed, they are elegant, beautiful little dogs. To others - well, Chinese Cresteds are also perpetual winners of "ugly dog" contests.

The origin of the breed is not documented, although they are probably related to hairless native dogs of both Africa and South America. It's thought improbably that there is any Asian or Chinese ancestry. The breed was actually developed in its current form in the United States in the mid-20th Century and all current Chinese Cresteds can trace their lineage back to Crest Haven Kennel.

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Unlike other breeds of dogs, hairless Chinese Cresteds have sweat glands and do not need to pant. Their unique conformation also requires some special attention to grooming and cleanliness - like humans, Chinese Cresteds can suffer from skin issues like acne.

Love the look or hate it - most people do have strong opinions of Chinese Cresteds.

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