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
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 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.