The Chinese Crestepoo is a combination of a Chinese Crested and a Poodle, which is believed to have originated in Germany but developed into a distinctive breed in France. The English word "poodle" comes from the German pudel or pudelin, meaning to splash in the water while in France, the dogs are called Caniche, derived from chien canard, meaning duck dog. Egyptian and Roman artifacts and tombs dating from the first centuries B.C. have drawings of what look like Poodles herding and retrieving game. There are three sizes of the breed including Standard, Miniature, and Toy. They were popular with gypsies who trained them to perform tricks in the circus and were also favorites during the reign of Louis XV1 and Queen Anne. The American Kennel Club registered their first Poodle in 1886. Despite the name, Chinese Crested dogs are not thought to be of Chinese origin. Perhaps Mexican or African in descent, there are references to the Chinese Crested in relation to the African Hairless and the Mexican Hairless dogs. This breed has many names, sometimes being called the Chinese Ship Dog, The Chinese Edible Dog, and the Chinese Royal Hairless. The breed has a widely varied history including ratting on Chinese ships; it is thought though, that most of the Chinese Cresteds found today can be traced back to a burlesque dancer named Gypsy Rose Lee who was a breeder of the dogs. The Chinese Crested was entered into the books of the American Kennel Club in 1991.