The history of Chinese Crested (CC) goes way back. It is assumed that hairless dogs have been in existence since 2000 BC. By interpreting archaeological finds such as vases, statues, engravings, paintings and murals, historians have proven that there were hairless dogs in Africa, Turkey, Portugal, India, Mexico, Central and South America, China and the Philippines at that time, it is believed that the Chinese Crested, as we know it today, is descended from the hairless dogs of Africa.
From the hairless hunting dogs of Africa, during the Han dynasty (202 BC to 220 AD) a smaller, the Chinese ideal of beauty a corresponding small dog (Toy) was bred.
A pre-Aztec culture worshiped the hairless dogs as representatives of perfect and selfless love. (Today's owners of these breeds can understand this worship quite well) The dogs of this time were buried with their masters, as part of the grave goods. The later Aztecs raised the hairless dogs to spiritual symbols and ate them for special, spiritual occasions.
Statues and pictures of hairless dogs were found in the pyramids of the Egyptian pharaohs. The people of that time thought these dogs had mystical power. They were worshiped by all, but possessed only by the elite.
In the 13th and 14th centuries, the Spanish conquerors discovered hairless dogs in Mexico, South and Central America. The sailors took these dogs back to Spain and sold them there to wealthy nobles.
The Vatican has some pictures of street scenes showing hairless dogs during the Roman Empire.
There are no exact records of the existence of the Chinese Crested before between 1700 and 1800 French, British and Portuguese explorers reported this race that they encountered in Asia.
Between 1850 and 1860, the well-known dog and exhibition judge Mr. W. K. Taunton collected rare breeds on his world travels. His breed of Chinese Crested Dogs brought resulted in the first exhibition dog named Chinese Emperor. The judges of his time were not as enthusiastic about these dogs as their breeders and refused a review. The dogs were considered a curiosity and exhibited in London's Zoological Garden. Mr. Taunton is also responsible for the first import of an Afghan Hound called Motee to England. It is generally assumed that the Chinese Crested is closely related to the Afghan Hound, since body structure and temperament are very similar.
Since 1965, the breeding of Chinese Crested Dogs was recognized in England, the number of breeders increased continuously. The careful breeding and knowledge of the genetics of the hairless brought resulted these healthy, loving and intelligent dogs that we love today as Chinese Crested Dog.