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The appearance of the Chinese Crested dog is said to be an acquired taste, and a potential owner might possibly be charmed by the breed’s unique look and dive headfirst into adopting one without knowing the full story. One of the primary turn-offs for would-be Chinese Crested lovers would be their abnormally demanding grooming regiment. [...]


Perhaps the most important concern in helping a Chinese Crested puppy to develop into a physically healthy adult dog would be dental health. As is sometimes the case with toy breeds, the Chinese Crested is especially prone to irregular bite patterns, missing teeth and gum disease. Missing teeth, in particular, are so commonly found in the Chinese Crested dog that they are not even penalized in show. For these reasons, it is absolutely imperative that the Chinese Crested be fed with small, regular meals and given food with a softer, flakier consistency than most breeds demand. Hard, dry dog food might lead to broken teeth, if the dog even proves capable of chewing it in the first place. [...]


There is a lot of available information regarding the Chinese Crested that is useful, but commonplace, or even banal. The following will provide some of the more fascinating minor details for a more thorough understanding of the breed and where the breed stands in today’s dog lover community. Of course, there are no promises that all of this information is all that relevant, but it should at least prove amusing. [...]


Like any other breed, the Chinese Crested’s nutritional demands are embedded right into their genetic code. Several breeders have attempted introducing the Chinese Crested to varying dietary regimens with little to no success. As it may involve spending a little more, or driving to a grocery store a little further away, keeping the dog on a specific diet may seem like a pain, however, these inconveniences are certainly less expensive and time consuming than possibly dealing with digestion and other health problems and trips to the veterinarian’s office later in the dog’s life. [...]


With their small frame and thick hair, the Chinese Crested dog is certainly a near irresistible temptation to anyone looking for a new addition to the family. However, as with any breed, a potential Chinese Crested adopter needs to make an evaluation of the dog's needs and their own capability to meet these needs. Too often a dog lover jumps headfirst into adopting a dog without doing their research first and, finding the demands a little much, or simply not being capable of meeting them, the dog is sent back to the breeder until a new home can be found. For the sake of their own emotional and mental health, a dog of any breed requires consistency in their environment and so, any dog lover who is truly sympathetic to our furry friends needs to evaluate the situation first, rather than, as so many have done, 'give it a try' and risk doing psychological damage to the dog. [...]


Any dog trainer looking to get involved in dog shows should go armed with the following information; a lot of judgment comes down to the individual judge’s personal preferences, this being the case, a loss or a second place award is not necessarily to be taken personally, nor does it always mean that the trainer and dog didn’t work hard enough or anything of this sort. As it is said, there is no accounting for taste. A handler can do everything right and still see their dog lose to another simply because of a judge’s opinion. In any competitive environment, contestants need to remember that it is about doing one’s best and it’s never wise to get caught up on wins and losses. So remember that the following is not necessarily a trophy-guaranteeing checklist, but rather, a brief rundown of what judges tend to prefer. [...]


Physically, the Chinese Crested dog is a breed of a somewhat sensitive disposition. They are especially prone to such as digestive problems and, with the Hairless variety especially, unfortunate skin conditions. The following will address the most common skin problems Chinese Cresteds suffer from and how to combat and prevent these ailments. [...]


During the Han Dynasty, it’s said that the Chinese Crested dogs served one of two purposes. First, they could be guard dogs in palaces and mansions, alerting their human counterparts to the presence of intruders and seeking out these trespassers. Second, the heavier ones might serve as hunting dogs. The former probably did not envy the latter, as a Chinese Crested hunting dog who fails to bring home any meat was still expected to feed the hungry family, whatever that might entail! In fact, when the communists came into power in China, there was a ban placed on pets of any sort and dogs of all breeds have since become incredibly rare in that country. Luckily, the Chinese Cresteds accompanied their masters on trade vessels and fathered litters of puppies in Africa and other continents and the breed survived. [...]


Regardless of breed, a dog’s temperament is only what can usually be expected of the dog if raised properly in a healthy environment and if the dog is devoid of any defects. Some puppy mills resort to inbreeding with purebred dogs, leading to serious temperament and health issues in the resulting animals. While the following serves as a general idea of what you can usually expect, it is by no means a guarantee. Any potential dog owner is advised to do their own personal research into the breeder, any previous owners the dog might have had, the dog’s pedigree and whether or not there’s a history of abuse or negligence. The owner should also spend some time with the dog before adoption so as to make sure they’re making the right choice and entering into a relationship with a positive future. [...]


Any current or would be Chinese Crested dog trainer, regardless of whether they’re training a Hairless or Powderpuff, needs to remember one thing above all: Consistency, consistency, consistency. The breed is known as gentle, sensitive and intelligent, and to instill faith and obedience in the dog, the trainer must, absolutely, be consistent. In training the Chinese Crested, something that results in punishment must always result in punishment, something that results in reward must always result in reward. The breed’s unusual sensitivity absolutely insisist upon a gentle owner who will provide a dependable atmosphere, rather than an erratic schedule of inconsistent treatment or a constantly changing environment. [...]

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