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Chinese Crested Dog

Chinese-Crested

A Devoted (and Hairless) Companion

Cheerful, playful, sensitive

Chinese Crested Dogs are charming, loving, and gentle small dogs. These companionate dogs need plenty of attention from their family, and get along well with strangers, children, and other dogs. They get sunburned easily, and are sensitive to cold weather, so they do best in moderate climates. Chinese Crested Dogs are hypoallergenic and make great companions for people with allergies, families, seniors, city dwellers, and experienced dog handlers. They require minimal exercise, but benefit from vigorous games and walks.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:11-13 in. Weight:5-12 lb Lifespan:12-13 years

Size
1

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
5

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

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!

Positive Traits:

• 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

Negative Traits:

• 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:

  • Knee Problems

  • Eye Problems
  • Displaced Lens
  • Blindness
  • Eye Disease

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

  • Care

    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!


  • Characteristics

    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!

    Positive Traits:

    • 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

    Negative Traits:

    • 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

  • Health Concerns

    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:

    • Knee Problems

    • Eye Problems
    • Displaced Lens
    • Blindness
    • Eye Disease
  • History

    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.

  • Watch Out For

    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

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