Adorable little Petey recently lost his family when his owner moved into Assisted Living. Fortunately, his family reached out to DDB to help rehome their mom’s dogs, and we were able to take Petey and his pup sibling, Andy, into the rescue.
Petey is a very shy pup, and needs time to feel secure and settle in.He hasn’t had a lot of exposure to the outside world, and as his owner’s health declined, he spent many hours in his crate, so a lot of things are new to him. Petey is not going to be a warm, engaging dog at first meeting, so he needs an aodpter who understands that and has some time and patience to work with him to settle him in. He finds comfort in the company of other dogs, and would fit best with another pup buddy in his home. Preference will be given to homes with another small dog in the home.
Petey’s foster mom reports that he’s super sweet and easy to have in the home. He has great house manners, is housetrained, crate trained, and walks well on leash too. When he's in a new environment, he will choose to stay in his crate vs. engage, but his foster family is working on that.
Once he gets comfortable and starts to trust, he has an affectionate nature, and will snuggle up with his foster family in bed at night. A retired owner, a couple, or family with older teen kids and another dog, would be the best fit for Petey. He needs an owner who will take the lead and work with him to engage in life.
Chinese Crested dogs like Petey are not common in rescue, and they definitely stand out in a crowd. Their origin has been a bit of a mystery, but many believe they are descended from African or Mexican hairless dogs. When Chinese explorers discovered the breed, they brought them back home and bred them to be a smaller size. They wanted the dog for its excellent ratting abilities aboard their ships, and could trade them at different ports. The Chinese also viewed these dogs as having healing powers and would use them as living heating pads to help nurse sick sailors.
Petey has a whip of silky white hair on the top of his head, feet, and tail, but has smooth delicate skin everywhere else. Because of the lack of fur, the Hairless Chinese Crested is more prone to have skin irritations and allergies, and they’re susceptible to sunburn, so owners will need to take precautions and understand their specific care requirements. Maintenance of their skin is similar to caring for human skin; they require a weekly bath, moisturizer to combat dryness, and sunblock to prevent sunburn. They also need a little help staying warm in the winter, and Petey will appreciate having a fashionable wardrobe for the colder months.
Although no dog is completely hypoallergenic, Cresteds shed little to no hair and are good dogs for families who suffer from allergies.
Petey is good with dogs, cats, and would do fine with older mature kids in his home. Preference will be given to families with another small dog companion in the home.
BREED ESTIMATE: Hairless Chinese Crested
APPROXIMATE WEIGHT: 11.5 lbs
APPROXIMATE AGE: 5 years
COAT TYPE: Long (low shed)
ADOPTION FEE: $350
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/microchipped
LOCATION: Reston, VA
FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to http://adopt.ddbnova.org and complete the application.
You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to http://foster.ddbnova.org and fill out an application.
Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.
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