I have never seen a crestie mixed with a different breed of dog that carries the deadly HL gene. I have HL's, some say they are ugly, some like them. It's a personal opinion, all that matters is that they are loved and cared for, the same right that any other breed of dog deserves.
>I have never seen a crestie mixed with a different breed of dog that carries the deadly HL gene. I have HL's, some say they are ugly, some like them. It's a personal opinion, all that matters is that they are loved and cared for, the same right that any other breed of dog deserves.<
Sorry, but I'm kind of lost in your post. Are you talking about the Chinese Cresteds? And what is the deadly HL gene? If your talking about hairless Chinese Cresteds, I think they are pretty cool. I prefer the powder puff variety though. The hairless do quite well in the AKC show ring in the toy group. To me the skin feels kinda weird (LOL). Our friend has a hairless that she was going to show, had personal problems, and now he's a turd. He was a doll though!
There's a gal up here that raises Crested puppies. I saw the pictures and they look pretty cute, but they are not hairless. Not sure I could handle owning a dog without hair, but it sure would save on the lint brush when I go to work.
The "deadly" gene is the recessive gene that causes them to be hairless.
Cresties come in the following: true hairless (like Loco) usually have a mohawk (think Xolo or PIO) and that's about it. A hairless is what people are used to, has the beautiful flowing crest, socks & tail plume; a hairy hairless is just that, has the crest, socks & plume, but also has from a small amount of body hair to a lot of thin body hair; and powderpuffs, fully coated (a lot of times HHL are confused with powderpuffs). The hairless Cresties usually have poor dentition, some have very few teeth, others have close to a full set of teeth, but they are not deeply rooted and are lost quite easily. Loco has "pearl" teeth. He has only has 12 teeth: he has 4 very small (smaller than baby teeth) teeth in front top & bottom, has no canines, and one molar each top & bottom. This is why many pics you see of hairless Cresties have their tongue hanging out of their mouth...they have no teeth to hold it in. Loco's tongue hangs out of the side of his mouth, when he licks, he licks out of the side of his mouth, and when he snarls he looks like a complete goober!
One of my puffs is only 3 yrs old and she's already had to have 2 teeth pulled, even though their teeth get brushed at minimum 2 times a week (usually 3). Next dental visit we are going to use Oravet to see if that will help save the teeth Pixie has left.
Yeah I saw it and posted about it. It really angers me. He looks like a sweet enough guy, but I can't help but wonder where his litter mates are and how many of them may be hairless (and unloved).
Unfortunately, I've seen many Crestie X breeds and it angers me every time....especially the ones with large dogs & the intentional breedings. A friend of mine recently took in a rescue that is is a Chinese Crested/German Shephard mix. She is about 35 lbs and naked as the day is long. Poor girl is so ugly she's cute, but again, we all worry about litter mates and what happened to them. The odds are 50/50 that half were coated and the other half hairless. Inevitably, the majority of these crossbreeds end up in rescue and most Crested rescue organizations will not take them in because they are just too hard to place. We currently have a Xolo/Dachsund (sp?) mix that's been fostered forever and will probably never be adopted (he's not real cute, but he is a lovebug). As cruel as it seems, we have to save our funds for the CCs that need our help and will be adoptable. I would take them all in if I didn't have a husband!!!