The history of the Chinese Crested (CC) goes back far. One assumes that hairless dogs exist since 2000 before Christ. By interpretation of archeological finding - such as vases, statues, engravings, pictures and wall paintings - historians have proved the existence of hairless dogs in Africa, Turkey, Portugal, India, Mexico, Central and South America, China and the Philippines at that time. It is proceeded on the assumption that the Chinese Crested, as we know this breed today, origins from the African hairless dogs.
During the Han Dynasty (202 before Christ until 220 anno domini) a small toy dog has been bred out of the African hairless hunting dogs.
An Aztec culture worshiped the hairless dogs as representatives of perfect and unselfish love. (Today's owners of this breed can understand this worship thoroughly.) The dogs of that time were buried together with their masters as part of the burial objects. The later Aztecs raised the hairless dogs to spiritual symbols and ate them at special spiritual occasions.
Statues and pictures of hairless dogs have been found in the pyramids of the Egyptian Pharaohs. People of that time thought these dogs have mystical ability. They were worshiped by everyone but owned only by the elite.
In the 13th and 14th century the Spanish conquerors discovered hairless dogs in Mexico as well as South and Central America. The seafarer took these dogs with them back to Spain and sold them to wealthy aristocrats.
Vatican owns some street scene pictures which show hairless dogs during the Roman Empire.
There are no detailed records about the existence of Chinese Crested prior French, British and Portuguese discoverer reported about this breed which they found in Asia between 1700 and 1800.
Between 1850 and 1860 the famous dog jerk and show judge Mr. W. K. Taunton collected rare dog breeds during his world cruises. His breeding of Chinese Crested Dogs generated the first show dog with name Chinese Emperor. The judges at that time were not as thrilled of those dogs as the breeder and refused an evaluation. The dogs were viewed as curiosity and shown in the zoological garden in London. Mr. Taunton is also responsible for the English import of the first Afghan Hound named Motee. Generally it is assumed that the Chinese Crested is closely related to the Afghan Hound because the body structure and temper are very similar.
When in 1965 the breeding of in England was acknowledged, the amount of breeders increased continuously. The careful breeding and the knowledge about the genetics of hairless animals gave rise to these healthy, sweet and intelligent dogs, which we love so dearly today as Chinese Crested Dogs.