I said this in an earlier post, but it is worth repeating in a headline. To say the Powder Puff(PP) is an offshoot of the Chinese Crested (CC) is simply not true beyond the 25% expected PP (hh) puppies in a Hh x Hh litter.. The Powder Puff CC version breeds 100% true to itself. The Powder Puff CC version is stable. It is the platform unto which the Hh gene can be cobbled, with varying degrees of success. Success is counted as the pups with no body hair and fancy long hair on the head, feet and tail. The ones that are too hairy are discriminated against by the breed standard. The ones with too wispy hair are likewise penalized. The CC hairless breeder can count on having pet quality pups based on the pattern of baldness alone. I have heard that some breeders shave to get the amount of hairiness down to looking like the Breed standard. In addition, the complaint goes, the judges like the fuller hair of the hairy hairless and reward them in the ring.
What seems to be going on is that the coated variety might be going its own way and possibly even diverging in judging conformation from the hairless type. Of course the Powder Puff ranks receive direct infusions from the seekers of the Hh gene in almost every litter. The PP variety has a long double coat. This kind of coat takes care and grooming. Otherwise, the PPCC is a companion dog. A bit sensitive, highly tuned into to people, playful, quick to learn tricks, The PP should get a lot more recognition than it has.
I hold that breeding the Chinese Crested, the hairless variety is the tail wagging the dog. Breeders have formulas and secrets to their their breeding, but they mostly do not document or register, the off types. Yet the anecdotal evidence still maintains all kinds of degrees of hairless can still be found in any given litter 50 years after Debora Wood mixed it up to perfection. In general, The true hairless Cresteds mostly breed to others with the correct hair pattern, but they don’t breed true 100% of the time. Breeders are all too happy to register and show the correct type, but it is almost a secret, when it is an off type. Not really a secret, but there is no way for breeders to collect and pool data.
I keep wondering…… what percent of the hairless members of the CC breed has the correct type of hairlessness? What percent of the Hh pups do not have correct pattern hairlessness?