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It is not known where or when the first hairless dogs appeared but geneticists have designated it as Canis Africanis, which is possibly correct as no hairless dog could exist and involve in the wild due the cold climate. 
 

From a mutate gene the first hairless dogs appeared from coated parents. Hairless dogs were rare and were regarded as curiosities, highly prized for trading purposes, the breed eventually has made its way across many many countries .
 

The Chinese Crested has becoming increasingly popular all over the world. In all hairless breeds, except the American Hairless Terrier, coated  and hairless siblings appear in the same litter.

 

It is impossible to breed just the hairless as even after many generations of hairless to hairless matings, it remains possible for a complete litter of coated puppies to be born to hairless parents.

It is believed that the Chinese Crested developed in China during the Han Dynasty. There are also two types of Cresteds, the deer type and a heavier boned type, described as a "cobby".

The deer type are a finer boned more elegant dog who were used as  Temple Guardians and the heavier cobby type were sometimes eaten on special feast days. There is also two varieties of Chinese Cresteds Dogs, the hairless and the powderpuff.

Records from 13th Century China describe a Chinese Crested Dog called “Little Horse” having jade beads plaited into his mane with gold and silver threads.

There have been hairless dogs in Europe for centuries. A 15th Century painting by Gerrad David “CHRIST NAILED TO THE CROSS” shows a hairless dog with crest, socks and a tail plume, sitting at the foot of the cross.

The first Chinese Cresteds imported to Australia were (Aust Ch) Staround Zorro and (Aust Ch) Staround Yinga brought in by Mrs Win Jackson of Miniatura Kennels in Western Australia, imported in 1973.

 

 

 

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