Chinese Crested Breed History
The history of the Chinese crested breed is covered in a veil of secrecy. There is evidence that once the Chinese crested dogs were used by sailors - for catching rats and entertainment. But for a long time, China was closed to foreigners, and no records were kept, so there is no exact information.
Photo: Chinese Crested Dogs at the show
When the first Europeans came to the East, they became interested in these dogs, since they were very different from the usual breeds.
They were called Chinese, but some believe that the crested homeland is the tropics of West Africa, from where they were brought by Chinese merchant ships.
Another theory is based on the similarity of Chinese crested and Mexican hairless dogs. Proponents of this version claim that the Chinese visited America before the 15th century, from where they brought the dogs.
According to the third theory, naked dogs appeared in Ceylon or in Thailand.
However, none of the hypotheses is supported by evidence. It is only known for certain that these dogs came to Europe precisely from China.
The first representatives of the breed came to England, but did not gain popularity.
In 1880, Ida Garrett from New York began to breed Chinese crested, 5 years later she presented at the exhibition, and this moment became the finest hour of the breed. Before World War I, their popularity grew, but hostilities pushed dog breeding into the background.
The breeding book was created by Debra Woods, and in 1959 she founded the American Club of Hairless Dogs.
Later, interest in the breed began to fade, and in 1965 the American Kennel Club suspended registration. But these dogs were lucky again: Jeepsie Rosa Lee, an American stripper and actress, included Chinese crested in her show - this caused a new surge in popularity.
In 1991, the breed was recognized by the AKC, and in 1995, by the Kennel Club.
Now the popularity of these dogs is growing again. But in almost every litter 1 or 2 puppies with hair are born, they are called "puffs". They can participate in exhibitions along with "naked".