Elwood, a Chinese Crested/Chihuahua mix was given the designation of world’s ugly dog last week. Which makes me wonder if beauty really is in the eyes of the beholder. When I look at a Chinese Crested dog picture depicting one of these lovable, hairless canines, I see a dog too charming to be called ugly! Even more endearing to me is the fact that Elwood was rescued from almost certain euthanasia by his current owners and given a second chance in life. This is enough to make me see the inner beauty of this rather unusual creature.
I’ve had the privilege of meeting and interacting with a hairless Chinese Crested dog when a friend of a friend brought one to meet me. I was as much charmed by his engaging personality as I was his rather unconventional looks. It’s not completely correct to say the Chinese Crested dog is hairless. The breed does have hair on his feet, the tuft of his tail, and along his neck which tends to be rather copious in amount with a soft texture. The Chinese Crested dog moves with a certain grace and composure which makes him seem almost haughty. He tends to be quite energetic and lively with the appearance of being an unusually happy, well adjusted dog despite his perceived inadequacies in looks. Too bad humans can’t be more like that, huh?. He’s also quite affectionate towards his owners and even tolerant of the affections of strangers and children.
There are actually two varieties of Chinese Crested Dog. which are designated the “fully coated Chinese Crested dog” and the “Powder Puff” variety. The Powder puff version of the Chinese Crested dog has a coat of long soft hair which requires a fair amount of grooming and maintenance and is, by no means, hairless.. The powder puff variety has the more traditional “hairless” appearance with the exception of hair on the feet, tail, and neck. Both varieties of Chinese Crested dog tend to be quite clean with minimal odor or shedding, making them an ideal house pet. In fact, the hairless Chinese Crested dog is not well suited for outdoor life since his lack of hair makes him susceptible to the cold and prone to burning when exposed to the sun’s rays. The hairless Chinese Crested dog needs to wear a covering when exposed to the elements in order to prevent hypothermia or skin damage. As with any dog this inbred, there’s a potential for health problems. Potential health problems in the Chinese Crested dog include eye problems such as glaucoma, deafness, and seizures.
All in all, the Chinese Crested dog is an excellent choice of pet for someone who lives in small quarters such as an apartment and who wants a well adjusted, affectionate breed.Before going to a breeder to get your Chinese Crested dog, why not check out a local rescue group and give an abandoned Chinese Crested dog a second chance?