The world's most beloved hairless dog, the Chinese Crested is distinctive for his near-nakedness, his (sometimes) lavender skin coloration, and his graceful miniature pony outline. Whether hairless with tufts of flowing hair on his feet, head, and tail or coated (referred to as Powderpuff), the Chinese Crested makes a loyal, enthusiastic companion for anyone clever enough to fall under the spell of this elegant toy breed. Author Juliette Cunliffe provides insightful chapters on the breed's history, the evolution of hairless dogs, and the characteristics that make the Chinese Crested such a unique dog among dogs. New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a reputable breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming (of skin and coat) and tooth care are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over 135 full-color photographs in this useful and reliable volume. The author's advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.