Chinese Crested

Group 1: Toys
Male: 28 – 33 cm
Female: 23 – 30 cm
Weight: maximum 5.5 kg.

Energy Level:  Moderate – high
Original Function: Companion
Lifespan: 10+ yrs

Recommended for: Most people/families, allergy suffers

Note: Vulnerable to sunburn.

About This Breed

The Chinese Crested origins are not known but they have many similarities to the Mexican Hairless. The two types, the Hairless and the Powder puff often occur in the same litter.

The most popular of the hairless breed, the Chinese Crested are still very rare. These dogs are sweet, lively, playful and cuddly. They are exceptionally loving and like to hug and smile. Affectionate with children. Children should be taught not to be rough with this breed as it is friendly, but it does not have the protective hair that other breeds have and can get injured easily.

They are an entertaining companion. Intelligent and very alert. Puppies should be well-socialized and exposed to loud noises when young to avoid potential timidity. If its owners do not baby them, these dogs can grow up to be a very well-adjusted dog. They have an ability to perform tricks and are generally good with other pets.

They are not barkers. Chinese Crested Dogs like to climb and dig holes. They are very affectionate and become very attached to their owner, they crave constant companionship. They make ideal pets for those in apartments and for the elderly.

General Characteristics

Appearance: A small, active and graceful dog; medium to fine boned, smooth hairless body, with hair on feet, head and tail only; or covered with a soft veil of hair. Dark eyes, large erect ears that sit to the side of the head. Long tail.

Temperament: Lively, Gentle, Devoted, never vicious.

Characteristics: Two distinct types of this breed:

  • Deer type, racy and fine boned
  • Cobby type, heavier in body and bone.

Colour: Any colour or combination of colours.

Coat: No large patches of hair anywhere on body. Skin fine grained, smooth, warm to the touch. In Powder Puffs coat consists of an undercoat with soft veil of long hair, veil coat a feature.

Grooming: They are very clean, with no doggie odour and are not prone to fleas or ticks. Power Puffs need a lot more grooming. Daily brushing of the Powder Puff’s long, fine, double coat is recommended, taking extra care when the dog is shedding.

The woolly undercoat becomes matted if neglected. Bathe the Hairless frequently and massage a little oil or cream into the skin to keep it supple. These dogs shed little to no hair and are great for allergy sufferers.

Exercise: A regular playing session would be fine, but they do enjoy a walk as well.

Health: This breed is sturdy; the Hairless does need protection from the sun and will need a coat in the cooler months. They can also have a reaction to wool.