The American Crested is typically a dog breed you either love or hate. The breed has not been around for very long. The American Crested is a descendant of the Rat Terriers. The breed was not created intentionally, but was actually a fluke. The animal is well suited as a family dog. An important advantage of the American Crested is that it does not shed hair. When someone in the family has an allergy for dogs it might be possible to keep an American Crested.
The American Crested is descended from the Rat Terriers. Rat Terriers, or their predecessors, originally came from England. There, it will not surprise anyone, they were used to catch rats. Those dogs were called Feists. The Feist was a spirited animal, but also a bit impetuous. In the United States, therefore, the animal was crossed with the Smooth Fox Terrier. It is said that none other than President Roosevelt came up with the name of the new breed: Rat Terrier. In 1972, however, something strange happened. In a litter of Rat Terriers, there was suddenly a hairless specimen. Mr. and Mrs. Scott took care of this dog and laid the foundation for the American Crested.
The American Crested is a friendly animal. He is cheerful, loves games and is at the same time brave. The dog likes to play with older children. He can also cope well with young children, but these have to be children he has known for a long time. The dog gets along reasonably well with strangers. He will be friendly to them, but he must not get the impression that they are a threat to his territory. Then the animal becomes annoying.
This breed of dog is eager to please its owner and is also intelligent. Training the American Crested is therefore not complicated. The most important thing is that the animal is brought into contact with other dogs, other people and other places in a positive way at a young age.