This is a robust, medium-sized, well-balanced dog. There is a large variation in breed size and they range in weight from between thirty-five to seventy-five pounds and stand anywhere from seventeen to twenty-three inches at the withers. Their height is slightly shorter than their length, with front legs straight and strong. Some of the eight main Australian shepherd colors include:
Description of a Chinese Crested
The Chinese crested is one of the rare breeds of dogs that actually comes in two distinctive looks within the same breed. The most commonly known variety of the breed is the hairless dog that only has longer hair on the head, ears, legs and tail, with very fine, extremely short hair all over the body. The other, less well known coat type is the Powerpuff Chinese Crested that has long, silky hair all over the body. Both varieties can come in any color or combination of patterns and markings. The Chinese Crested has a long, pointed muzzle, dark intelligent eyes and alert ears.
Temperament of a Chinese Crested
The breed is known for its intelligent and alert behavior as well as its desire to be with people. Known as a true companion breed, they love to sit right next to or ideally in the lap of their owners. They are excellent family dogs and love children. They are very playful and social dogs provided they are socialized properly as puppies. Chinese Crested that are not properly socialized may become timid and frightened as they mature. The breed is sensitive to sudden loud noises if not used to lots of activity and movement in the environment. The breed tends to bond very strongly with the family and typically does not do well if separated from the original owners. Care should be taken when rehoming this breed to avoid stress and depressive type behaviors. Chinese crested are very accepting of strangers and are not a watchdog. They are prone to digging and climbing behaviors if left alone.
Grooming & Shedding of a Chinese Crested
The Powderpuff variety of the Chinese Crested requires daily grooming as the long silky over and undercoat is prone to matting. They do not have the whole coat shed that many double-coated dogs do and they are considered to be low shedders. The hairless variety needs combing of the longer hair on the head, feet and tail every other day, with attention to the skin. Most of the hairless variety are very sensitive to sun and should be rubbed down with sunscreen before time is spent outside. The skin may become dry or irritated if bathing is frequent, and may require lotion to keep it soft and supple.
History of the Chinese Crested
Originally from Africa, not China, the breed was used both as a ratter on ships at sea as well as a companion dog in ancient Aztec civilizations. It is likely that the unusual appearance of these dogs and the fact that both hairless and Powderpuff varieties are born in the same litter that caught the attention of dog fanciers. Although historically a novelty or rare breed, they are now increasingly popular as indoor pets since they are very clean dogs and considered to be less allergenic for owners with respiratory problems.