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Hairless Dogs

What we belive to know about them

If you dont know the breed, then you first learn that hairless dogs exist for long time on mother earth.

We found a wealth of information about the roots of hairless and Chinese Crested Dogs accessible on the web written by more knowledgeable and talented people than us. Below we summarize what we learned and refer to external sources where applicable.


 

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History

Chinese Crested Dogs belong to a small group of dogs that is hairless through dominant genes of hairlessness.
Hairless dogs were located in Asia, Central America and Africa.
Mexican hairless dogs (Xoloitzcuintle aka Xolos) are well known, some painted on ceramics were identified.
Wild hairless dogs from Africa have been described, read more on African Hairless Dog entry of Wikipedia
Early reports on hairless dogs came from travellers in the 17th and 18th century.
Scientists about the origin of dogs: an article in GNN, Genome News Network of Kate Dalke, 11/22/2002



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FCI Standard Chinese Crested Dog

From Mohawk a description of the Chinese Crested Standard (of Australia)

GENERAL APPEARANCE:
A small, active and graceful dog, medium to fine boned, smooth, hairless body, with hair on feet, head and tail only; or covered with a soft veil of hair.

CHARACTERISTICS:
Two distinct types of this breed. Deer type, racy and fine boned, and Cobby type, heavier in body and bone.

TEMPERAMENT:
Happy, never vicious.

HEAD AND SKULL:
Slightly rounded and elongated skull. Cheeks cleanly chiselled, lean and flat, tapering into muzzle. Stop slightly pronounced but not extreme. Head smooth, without excess wrinkles. Distance from base of skull to stop equal to distance from stop to tip of nose. Muzzle tapering slightly but never pointed, lean without flews. Nose a prominent feature, narrow in keeping with the muzzle. Any colour nose acceptable. Head presenting graceful appearance, with an alert expression. Lips tight and thin. An ideal crest begins at the stop and tapers off down neck. Long and flowing crest preferred, but sparse acceptable.

EYES:
So dark as to appear black. Little or no white showing. Medium size. Almond in shape. Set wide apart.

EARS:
Set low: highest point of base of ear level with outside corner of eye. Large and erect, with or without fringe, except in Powder Puffs where drop ears are permissible.

MOUTH:
Jaws strong, with perfect, regular scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and square to the jaws.

NECK:
Lean, free from throatiness, long and sloping gracefully into strong shoulders. When moving, carried high and slightly arched.

FOREQUARTERS:
Shoulders clean, narrow and well laid back. Legs long and slender, set well under body. Elbows held dose to body. Pasterns fine, strong, nearly vertical. Toes turned neither in nor out.

BODY:
Medium to long. Supple. Chest rather broad and deep, not barrel-ribbed. Breast bone not prominent. Brisket extending to elbows; moderate tuck-up.

HINDQUARTERS:
Rumpwell - rounded and muscular, loins taut, stifles firm and long, sweeping smoothly into the well let-down hock. Angulation of the rear limb must be such as to produce a level back. Hind legs set well apart.

FEET:
Extreme hare foot, narrow and very long, with unique elongation of small bones between joints, especially in forefeet, which almost appear to possess an extra joint. Nails any colour, moderately long. Socks ideally confined to toes, but not extending above top of pastern. Feet turning neither in nor out.

TAIL:
Set high, carried up or out when in motion. Long and tapering, fairly straight, not curled or twisted to either side, falling naturally when at rest. Plume long and flowing, confined to lower two thirds of tail. Sparse plume acceptable.

GAIT/MOVEMENT:
Long, flowing and elegant with good reach and plenty of drive. COAT: No large patches of hair anywhere on body. Skin fine grained, smooth, warm to the touch. In Powder Puffs coat consists of an undercoat with a veil of long hair, veil coat a feature. COLOUR :Any colour or combination of colours.

SIZE:
Ideal height: Dogs 28 -33 cm (11 -13 ins) at withers. Bitches 23 -30 cm (9 -12 ins) at withers. Weight varies considerable, but should not be over 5.5kgs (12 Ibs).

FAULTS:
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in proportion to its degree.

NOTE:
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.



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