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Breed Family: Chinese Crested
The Chinese Crested is an ancient breed, dating as far back as the 1500's.Spanish explorers found Chinese Cresteds in Mexico and other parts of Central and South America. British and French explorers also found the breed in various parts of Africa and Asia during the 1800's. By the mid-19th Century, pictures of Cresteds began to appear in numerous European paintings and prints.
There are two types of Chinese Crested; the Hairless, and a coated-type, called a Powderpuff. Legend has it that the Powderpuff was designed by Nature to help keep the newborn Hairless puppies warm.
With the advent of organized dog shows in the 1800's, rather rare Cresteds began appearing in competition in various countries around the world for the major part of this century. Today, there are numerous Crested Clubs throughout the world. The breed is recognized by many kennel clubs and is seen in increasing numbers.