Routine Care: Chinese Crested Dogs are very sensitive to cold, so a warm winter wardrobe is necessary. They are well suited for apartment living; they will need a daily walk and regular inside play. They are highly intelligent and can be taught to perform a variety of tricks to keep them mentally stimulated.
Grooming: Weekly bathing and regular application of lotion is recommended.
Dental: Chinese Cresteds often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!
Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!
Chinese Crested Dogs are charming, amusing, and playful with children. They are a constant companion, an affectionate “velcro dog;” they’ll enjoy going to work with you!
• Energetic and playful
• Lively, with a friendly personality
• Quirky, entertaining personality
• An affectionate companion and family dog
• Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions
• Needs frequent attention from their family
• Fragile and easily injured because of their small size
• Needs regular exercise and diet regulation to avoid weight gain
• Can be difficult to housetrain
• Can be strong-willed
• Likes to dig
Whether you are considering adding a new Chinese Crested Dog to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Chinese Crested Dog will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.
By exploring the health concerns specific to the Chinese Crested Dog you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.
Some health issues a Chinese Crested Dog could encounter:
Chinese Crested Dogs are a rare toy breed that can be found with 2 hair types: hairless and powderpuff. They were originally used as ratters on ships, but are now bred for companionship. Chinese Cresteds are considered good dogs for allergy sufferers due to their natural lack of hair. Sunburn and sensitivity to extreme cold or hot temperatures are problematic for this breed. Otherwise, the Chinese Crested tends to be a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-13 years.
Consult with a veterinarian if your Chinese Crested Dog shows signs of the following:
• Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes
• Cloudiness to eye lens
• Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy
• Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night
• Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth
• Chronic vomiting or diarrhea
• Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing
• General reluctance to run or play
• Increasing hip pain at less than a year old
• Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors
• Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds
• Skin redness, irritation, or pain when petting