It is believed that Chinese mariners sailed with this breed – believed to have evolved from African hairless dogs – on board. During the time of the Chinese plagues, hairless dogs were stowed aboard ships to hunt vermin. By the mid-nineteenth century, Cresteds began appearing in European art, and entries of the breed in American dog shows began in the late 1800s.
Fetch is one of Ling's favorite games and she enjoys catching balls. Ling has a mischievous side too. Marjie notes that, although Ling "is a joy to have around, you have to keep everything out of reach just as you would with a three year old child."* Ling has been known to unroll multiple rolls of paper towels all over the kitchen floor.