The Chinese Crested is easily recognized by their unique coat, or lack thereof. This breed has a life expectancy of 10 to 14 years
The Chinese Crested is believed to have descended from African hairless dogs, although they may also have roots in South America. The Chinese Crested was used as a ratter on ships as far back as the 1500s and was often traded at various ancient sea ports. Chinese mariners were particularly fond of the dog and thought to be responsible for reducing the size of the breed.
The Chinese Crested weighs 10 to 13 pounds and measures 11 to 13 inches.
The Chinese Crested is categorized as either hairless or powder puff depending on their coat. The hairless Chinese Crested has hair on the head, tail and feet only while the powder puff Chinese Crested has a full double coat. Both types of the Chinese Crested are clean and odor free, but have different grooming needs.
The hairless Chinese Crested is prone to skin problems including allergies and sunburn. The hairless Chinese Crested needs to be bathed often and moisturized to protect their delicate skin. Although the hairless Chinese Crested does not have much hair, the hair they do have should be brushed regularly.
The powder puff Chinese Crested should be bathed every few weeks and brushed daily. Some powder puff Chinese Crested owners will also have the dog’s hair cut short for easier maintenance.
Like all dogs, the Chinese Crested also needs basic grooming. Clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis. The Chinese Crested, especially the hairless variety, is prone to dental problems like missing teeth and thin enamel. They can require more dental care than other breeds.
The Chinese Crested is happy and cuddly,
The Chinese Crested likes to be with their family so much so that they are often referred to as a “Velcro dog.” The Chinese Crested grows deeply attached and wants nothing more than to spend time with loved ones. They crave attention and affection, and will go to great lengths to get both. Chinese Cresteds are natural entertainers with lots of charm.
The Chinese Crested can make a great choice for a new dog owner. The Chinese Crested is eager to please and generally easy to train. They are very motivated by positive reinforcement, especially in the form of treats. Chinese Cresteds should be socialized early to help them overcome any shyness.
The Chinese Crested is more delicate and frail than other breeds, but is energetic and likes to play. The Chinese Crested needs a daily walk for their health and should have also regular time outside in a secure area to run around.