Chinese Crested Dog Breed Information


Chinese Crested Quick Facts
Chinese Crested
Breed Group: Toy
Origen: China
Nickname: Crested, Puff
Weight: 5-12 lbs
Height: 11-13 inches
Color(s): any color


Chinese Crested Appearance

The Chinese Crested is a toy dog, with an alert and intense expression. They have fairly long muzzle, dark eyes that are set wide apart and big erect ears. They are fine-boned, elegant and graceful. His tail is slender and tapers to a curve.

The Chinese Crested coat comes in two variations; the hairless and the powder puff. The hairless has not coat except on the head, tail and feet. The skin is supple and smooth similar to human. A Powder puff has a long, soft coat. The coat could be any color or combination of colors. The weight of the Chinese Crested is around 5-12 pounds and the height is 11-13 inches.

Chinese Crested Temperament

The Chinese Crested is high spirited, cheerful, loving and friendly with its family and never aggressive toward children or other animals. They are comical, happy, lively, entertaining, and love to play. This dog is very quiet; he makes a good house pet and a great companion. They are affectionate and playful with children and are generally good with other dogs and household animals. They are often aloof with strangers and can be overly timid. They should be properly socialized when young to avoid this behavior.†

Is Chinese Crested the Right Dog Breed for You?

Chinese Crested is good for apartment life and could adapt to any circumstances. They are fairly active indoors and will do fine without a yard. But they are very active and need a fair amount of exercise every day. Play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs, however, as with all breeds; play will not fulfill their primal instinct to walk. They excel at agility and obedience training. These little guys are truly people dogs and they don't like to be left alone for long periods.

Chinese Crested Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Chinese Crested is around 10-12 years.

Chinese Crested Health problems

The Chinese Crested is a relatively healthy breed. The major concerns associated with them are PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) which can eventually lead to blindness, canine multiple system degeneration (CMSD), also called progressive neuronal abiotrophy (PNA) and Patellar Luxation.

Chinese Crested Care and Grooming

Both the Hairless and the Powder puff variety requires certain amounts of grooming.†The Hairless variety's skin is similar to maintaining as the human skin and it can be susceptible to†acne, dryness, and†sunburn. The Puffs have a very soft and fine double coat that requires frequent brushing to avoid matting. You could brush him twice a week with a firm bristle brush and dry shampoo occasionally. Bathe in mild soap only when necessary. Over bathing or frequent bathing your dog will strip the oils from the coat and may cause severe skin irritations and possible allergy type reactions. The hairless dogs could get sunburn and a good sunscreen should be used if the dog is going to be out in the sun. Itís also recommended to wear a sweater in cold weather.

Chinese Crested Shedding

The Chinese Crested shed little to no hair and therefore may be great for allergy sufferers.