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The Chinese Crested dog is rapidly becoming one of the most popular breeds in the world. It is praised for its beauty and gracefulness, often being compared to a lovely Thoroughbred racehorse. It also wins prizes as the ugliest dog in the world. What is the truth surrounding this remarkable breed? Where and when did the first hairless dog appear in the historical literature? What role does genetics play in tracing the breed's probable origins? Were Chinese Crested dogs ever haute cuisine? The Bare Facts: The Chinese Crested Dog Uncovered looks at the breed from both an historical and scientific basis. An in depth examination of the breed explores such topic as early breed history, skin and dentition issues, understanding the breed standard, what genetics reveals about the true origin of the Chinese Crested dog, and grooming for both show and pet homes. Other pertinent topics covered include chapters on the canine digestion system and an exploration of dietary choices for the breed, management of the brood bitch and stud dog, whelping a Chinese Crested litter, understanding of personality development, and alternative health care, including a section on the vaccination controversy. This volume is a valuable resource, which the Chinese Crested dog owner will return to again and again. It is, also, a book that every dog owner will find an asset to his or her canine library.
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Dr. Debra Venable-Ball has been involved with the study of canids, both wild and domestic, for over thirty years. She likes to say she was born with a leash in her hand although her mother firmly denies this. She is Dean of the animal division of natural health at Kingdom College of Natural Heath where she is also a professor. She is the president of the American Society of Animal Naturopaths. She is both a Doctor of Philosophy of Natural Medicine and a Doctor of Animal Naturopathy. She has a Bachelor of Arts in history and is currently finishing a Bachelor of Science in Animal Studies and a minor in Art History. She is a consummate researcher with a keen interest in genetics, animal behavior, and history. She is also a notable artist specializing in canines. She is an all natural breeder and shows Chinese Crested dogs, Chinese Imperial dogs, American Hairless Terriers and Giant Rat Terriers under the Kennel name of Vanator. She is busy completing a homeopathic Materia Medica for dogs.

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