More than just good looks, this dog has a history of exploring the world....
The Chinese Crested Dog has been around a long time, since the 13th century. They started in China, and their ancestors may have been a type of hairless dog born in Africa. They were often traded by merchants and sailors, finding their way from port to port all over the world.
When explorers reached Central and South America, they were surprised to find that the Chinese Crested Dog had beaten them there. They soon spread throughout Asia and Africa. By the time the 18th century rolled around, paintings of these eye-catching dogs posing with their Chinese companions had started to reach Europe. By the 19th century, their beautiful forms were appearing in European art and architecture.
After a lot of touring around, the AKC recognized Chinese Crested Dogs in 1991. A fairly recent addition to the United States, these dogs have actually been around a long time and have traveled to the far corners of the world, serving as devoted companions to people in many walks of life.