Dog Profiles - Description of Chinese Crested

Chinese Crested

Description: The Chinese Crested is a fine-boned, elegant and graceful dog who makes a loving, playful, and entertaining companion. He adores food and will leap about in anticipation of a tiny bite. There are two types, the Hairless with hair only on the head, tail and feet and the Powderpuff who is completely covered with hair. A friendly family dog, not aggressive towards children or other animals. They do not make good kennel dogs, but love the companionship of a home. They do best as a one dog family and sometimes do not like to be over handled by strangers. Odorless and hairless they are a very low maintenance breed.

Height: 9-13 inches

Weight: 5-12 lbs.

Colors: Any color combinations.

Coat: Hairless - tufts of long, soft hair only on head, feet and tail. Powderpuff - double, lone straight outer coat, soft, silky undercoat.

Temperament: Affectionate, lively, intelligent, alert, inquisitive. Good with children. Good with other pets. Poor watch dog, poor guard dog.

Care and Exercise: Weekly grooming of the Powderpuff. Hairless Crested needs his skin massaged regularly with cream and may become sticky and dirty in hot weather as they perspire. Hairless also should not be left in bright sunlight because their skin may burn. Both need minimal exercise. Hairless must be kept warm, especially during winter months.

Training: High intelligence. Average trainability as they have a mind of their own.

Activity: Moderate

Living Environment: Apartment or home, not an outdoor or kennel breed.

Health Issues: Luxating patellas, Legg-Perthes disease, skin allergies, and some are born with missing teeth and claws.

Life Span: 10 -14 years

Litter Size: 2-4

Country of Origin: China

History: He is said to have begun in the thirteenth century in China. From there he found his way into Europe and South America through the trade routes on Chinese sailing ships. He is thought to have been the mating of the Mexican Hairless Dog with a Chihuahua. His registration in the UK was in 1881 but he did not make an appearance in the US till 1960.

Registration: ACA, AKC, CKC, FCI (Group 9), KC(GB)