Chinese Crested

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Is the Chinese Crested right for you?

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Other name(s): Hairless Chinese Crested; Powderpuff Chinese Crested; Chien Chinois à Crête

The basics:
The Chinese crested is not just another pretty face. This ancient breed, descended from a line of African hairless dogs thought to have arrived in China by the thirteenth century, has gained fame as a frequent winner of the World's Ugliest Dog Contest held each year in California. Fortunately, this engaging little toy seems to be in on the joke and thoroughly enjoys being around its humans. They don't do well if left alone for long hours but since they're pint-sized and easy to take along, there's no reason to let them get lonely and depressed. Do socialize your puppy early, so that it won't become too timid to enjoy the attention it's sure to attract.

Appearance / health:
There are two distinct varieties in this breed: the Hairless, which has hair only on the head, tail, and feet, and the Powderpuff, which has a full coat of hair. Though the two varieties may appear to be two different breeds, actually hairlessness is a dominant trait within this one single breed. The Hairless variety has soft, humanlike skin, as well as tufts of fur on its paws ("socks") and tail ("plume") and long, flowing hair on its head ("crest")

Both varieties have a broad skull and a long muzzle. Eyes are dark and ears are erect. The two varieties are often found in the same litter.

Chinese Cresteds are generally very clean. They have no odor and are not prone to fleas or ticks. The Powerpuff’s long, double coat requires regular brushing, especially when the dog is shedding. Its wooly undercoat may become matted if neglected. The Hairless is bathed more frequently and a little oil or cream is massaged into the skin to keep it supple.

Regular exercise is necessary for all dog breeds. However, the exercise requirements of a Chinese Crested are less compared to many other breeds. A daily walk and a few play sessions are sufficient to keep them healthy and happy.

Chinese Cresteds can be prone to: Patellar Luxation, an inheritable condition which is caused by shallow knee joints (stifles) and results in kneecaps that pop out of place; Legge Calve Parthes Disease (LCP), a hip problem which can cause lameness at approximately one year of age; eye problems such as Dry Eye (Keratoconjunctivitus sicca), Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Lens Luxation

The exposed skin of the Hairless variety needs special care to prevent skin problems and irritations. Lighter colored or pink Hairless Cresteds (or any hairless breed) need to be protected with sunscreen during summer and have to be kept warm during the winter. Many Chinese Cresteds are also allergic to lanolin and wool.

Fortunately, through careful breeding, the teeth on the Hairless Crested have improved considerably over the last 15 or so years - as has the quality of the skin. A few will still have the primitive looking teeth and/or forward pointing K9s (ie tusks). But you'll find many hairless now without the tusk-like K9s. Even those with few teeth can manage bones. Overfeeding this breed can lead to obesity.

Behavior / temperament:
Chinese Cresteds are intelligent and sensitive dogs. They tend to become attached to their owners and may find it difficult to adjust to a new one. They are entertaining companions. They are also alert, and make good watchdogs.

The Chinese Crested has a high rate of learning. However, housebreaking may be difficult. Early socialization is necessary to prevent excessive timidity. Puppies need to be socialized, including exposing them to loud noises, to grow into well-adjusted dogs later. They are capable of performing tricks if trained.

The breed does not bark much.


wonderful companion, lovable little clowns, loving animals, great lap dog, people-loving breed


separation anxiety, dental attention, colder temps, fragile frame, weak teeth, skin issues


conversation piece, routine brushing, naked variety, perfect bed warmers, limited sun exposure, powderpuff

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