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11 of the most interesting looking dogs in the world

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Dec. 30, 2016, 12:38 p.m.
Chinese crested dog in the sun

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Chinese crested dog

Best known for the distinctive hairless variety, the Chinese crested actually comes in a genetically recessive powderpuff version too, which has hair all over its body. The hairless, shown here, only has tufts of hair on its head, tail and feet.

Believed to have evolved from African hairless dogs, according to the AKC, the Chinese crested are considered very "cat-like" in personality. They enjoy sitting in high places and adjust easily to living in small places, even though they can be a very active breed.

Many of the winners in the annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest held as part of the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California, have been Chinese cresteds. Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.