The Chinese Crested is an elegant looking small breed thought to have evolved from Africa or Mexico. Theycomes in two varieties, Hairless and Powder Puff, often in the same litter. The Hairless actually has hair on the head (the crest), tail (the plume) and feet (socks). Powder Puff Cresteds are genetically recessive and have a beautiful full coat. This breed loves the heat but is intolerant of cold. Imagine all the cute sweaters!
Chinese Cresteds are very social and make wonderfully affectionate family dogs. They are a needy breed, bonding closely with his pack and even sleeping under your covers. This toy breed loves its family, showering favorite people with hugs and kisses. They are very intelligent but have a stubborn streak requiring patience when training. Cresteds are playful, enthusiastic, and competitive, making them great candidates for dog sports. They are small in size and fragile, so be careful to keep them safe.
For more on the breed check out the American Kennel Club
The life expectancy of the Chinese Crested is 11-15 years.
Size & Activity Level
Chinese Crested are a small companion breed weighing between 9-12 pounds. Part of the Toy Goup, they have a low activity level but need plenty of mental stimulation. This breed loves to snuggle, consequently, they are happiest in your lap. He can be a Houdini as he is agile and loves to climb. Therefore, one must make sure he is in a securely fenced area for playtime. These dogs tend to be very food motivated. Use it to your training advantage but monitor weight to avoid a pudgy pup.
Care & Grooming
Chinese Cresteds are not hypoallergenic but are low shedders. The sparse hair on the body of the Hairless Crested needs to be shaved to protect the skin. Their delicate skin needs frequent washing and moisturizing. Use caution when using sunscreen or lotion on the Hairless as it can irritate the sensitive skin. The Powderpuff has a double coat that is prone to matting, requiring frequent brushing. The Hairless Crested is prone to dental issues, while the Powder Puff has normal dentition. In addition, the Crested tends to be sensitive to medications, so consult your vet before using anything new.