Chinese Crested Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:n/a
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Low (hairless)
  • Shedding:Low
  • Exercise Needed:Daily Walk
  • Energy Level:Medium/High
  • Protection:Medium, barks
  • Good with Children:Yes, with older, more considerate children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:5-12 lbs
  • Height:11-13 inches
  • Coat Colour:Any

Chinese Crested Coat

There are two very different varieties of the Chinese Crested, one is Powder-puff having a long coat, the other is Hairless having long hair on the feet and head. The Powder-puff does need extensive grooming, however the Hairless requires minimal hair care.

Chinese Crested Character

Rarely barking or nipping, this dog is well mannered and cheerful, although he can be wary of strangers. The Chinese Crested makes a good companion animal, and is always there to cheer you up. The breed does well in obedience classes and is willing to please his owner.

Chinese Crested Temperament

A devoted family member, the Chinese Crested is gentle and playful. It does exceptionally well with children and other animals and is a well-adjusted breed. Very alert, highly intelligent, this dog is also prone to timidity and should be socialized both during puppy and adulthood.

Chinese Crested Care

The Chinese Crested is very clean and has virtually no odor at all. The Hairless variety should always be protected from the cold and the sun. Using a sunscreen will protect this breed's sensitive skin from sunburn. The Powderpuff needs daily brushing and trimming to keep the coat clean and free of matting. This breed sheds little to no hair.

Chinese Crested Activity

The Chinese Crested does very well in apartment life and would do just fine without a fenced yard. Regular play sessions would be sufficient for this breed. When outdoors, this breed must always be protected from harsh sun, or cold weather.

Chinese Crested Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Chinese Crested is around 13-16 years, and a range of health issues and disorders are linked to this breed. This includes sensitivity to chemicals and medicines, acne, allergies, dental problems, Legg Perthes, retinal detachment, and skin problems. Parents of the Chinese Crested puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates. You should also be careful be careful about weather conditions with the hairless variety, as his skin can burn easily in the heat and he will really feel the cold in colder seasons, and should wear a jumper or coat.