Breed of the Week: Chinese Crested

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Our not so fluffy breed this week is the Chinese Crested Dog. If fur all over the house is a big concern for you, you may be interested in the Chinese Crested Dog! They are mostly hairless and can be sweet little companions to the right owner.

 

Although one would assume the Chinese Crested originated from China, which is surprisingly false. The origin is still much debated but most experts believe the breed to have originated either in Africa or South America as both continents have very similar native breeds. Some people would also argue that they have to have originated from Mexico because of their similarity to another hairless dog native to Mexico (the Xoloitzcuintli). Apparently when the breed started to become popular, many Chinese merchant ships would have Chinese Crested on board with them, thus giving the false impression that China is where they originated from. The breed became more popular as people were very curious about this breed and its very noticeable lack of hair.

 

The standard for the hairless Chinese Crested Dog is to have no hair on the body, some hair on the face, neck and feet. Chinese Crested Dogs also come in a variety known as the ‘powderpuff’ and looks like a completely different dog breed! The powderpuff has thick, soft fur all over its body. Even though the hairless variety is typically more desired, the continuation of the Chinese Crested breed depends on the powderpuffs! Breeders have said that when two hairless Chinese Crested’s are bred together, there is a high risk of the litter not surviving in utero. So when breeding, you need to combine a hairless Chinese Crested with a Powder Puff to produce a healthy litter. Within that litter, there will be both powder puff varieties as well as the hairless variety. You could also breed two powder puff varieties together, but then you would be unlikely to produce any hairless varieties in the litter (and the hairless is more popular/desired).

 

Chinese Crested Dogs love following their owner everywhere. They often become very bonded to one person and can be quite standoffish with strangers. Although a gentle breed, the Chinese Crested is generally not a fan of being messed with by young kids or rough housed by rambunctious puppies and can become aggressive just like any dog when overly stressed. Owners should definitely socialize their Chinese Crested early on with strangers and other dogs. It would also be wise to teach the Chinese Crested how to stay calm instead of reacting aggressively in stressful situations. You can do this by working with them on confidence building exercises as well as being near stimulating situations (such as a puppy walking by) and teaching your Chinese Crested to focus on you and stay calm. This will eventually help them learn how to stay calm on their own.

 

Chinese Crested dogs are not overly active, they enjoy staying on the warm living room couch all day! They only require basic exercising, about 1 or 2 long walks a day depending on the dog’s health and age. Even though they enjoy lounging around, you’d be surprised how fast they can run! They will often get sprints of high energy where they run around as fast as they can for a short while, then lazy the rest of the day!

 

The Chinese Crested Dog is a loveable little friend for the owner who enjoys having a little shadow follow them around. Although mostly easy-going, they do get their high-energy moments! They require a good amount of socializing to ensure they enjoy their time spent with other people and doggy friends. With their fascinating breeding requirements to continue the breed, and their vastly different varieties, you can be sure you’ll have one of the most interesting breeds in the neighbourhood!

The Importance of Having Your Dog Spayed/ Neutered

Just like Bob Barker always said, remember to have your dog spayed or neutered! Read on to discover why it will benefit not only your dog’s mental and physical well-being, but also your own peace of mind!

We all know puppies are adorable, they’re funny little balls of fur that love to play and learn new tricks! But accidental puppies, not so desirable. It can sometimes be difficult to find suitable homes for all of them, and it also takes away potential homes for dogs that have been waiting to be rescued in dog shelters. There are plenty of great dogs waiting to go to their forever home, but don’t always get that chance when backyard breeders or accidental litters happen. Your wallet will also thank you as spaying/neutering your pet is much cheaper than caring for a new litter of puppies.

When you neuter your male dog, you prevent his risk for testicular cancer, perianal tumors and some prostate problems too. You greatly reduce behavioural problems such as marking, running away from home if he has the scent of a female in heat, aggression towards other males interested in the same female, humping, etc. Although these behaviour issues are often greatly reduced once neutered, they may not disappear completely. Especially if you have waited a while to have your dog neutered and he is simply used to these behaviours already. As well as he will still have some testosterone in his body (neutering does not completely eliminate this hormone from his body).

Spaying your female dog is also quite beneficial. It will reduce your dog’s chance for breast tumors and uterine infections. When in heat, many female dogs will howl in pursuit to alert males and find a mate, spaying will often reduce and sometimes completely eliminate this behaviour, depending on each individual dog of course. As mentioned previously, it will save you the cost of a new litter of puppies. If your dog does become pregnant, it will also save you on vet bills for regular pregnancy checkups, prenatal vitamins or supplements (if required), and any possible complications with the pregnancy.

When you spay or neuter your dog, it will also give you a lot more freedom when looking for doggy daycare or boarding, as many facilities will only accept dogs who have been spayed/neutered.

As you can see, there are a lot of benefits both to you and your pooch to have your dog spayed/neutered. It is definitely better to do it as soon as the vet says they are old enough, rather than waiting and possibly letting undesirable behaviours set in for life. You will also be helping dogs who are already waiting in shelters and rescues to have a better chance at their forever home. For most owners, it is a clear answer to keeping their pet happy and healthy!