This small, toy, breed actually doesn't come from China. Chinese Crested dog probably originates from Africa but it gained popularity in China in the 19th century. The dog was used for exterminating rats on ships. It was also used as emotional support for people with disabilities. Today this breed is a popular pet because of its unique appearance and low maintenance.
Appearance and Temperament
Chinese Crested dog weighs from 10 lb (4.54 kg) to 13 lb (ca. 6 kg). They are 10-13 inches (ca. 33 cm) high. There are two varieties of the same breed, without hair (Hairless) and with hair (Powderpuff). There can be both varieties in the same litter. Hairless has soft skin, and patches of hair on its paws and head. Powderpuff have long, soft and straight hair. They have a thin and sleek body shape.
Chinese crested dogs have an ideal temperament for pet dogs. They are playful, social animals that do not need a lot of physical exercises. Their intelligence makes them good at learning tricks and obedience training. They are gentle and sensitive so training should be gentle and respectful. Although they do not require a lot of exercises they enjoy nature walks and playing in parks. Keeping them outside is not recommended.
If kept with children they should be under supervision because children could accidentally injure such a small and sensitive dog. Socialization is required, otherwise, they can become too shy and scared of animals and people.
Coat and Shedding
Powderpuffs require frequent bathing and brushing. All hair/skin colors are acceptable. They do not shed but haircuts are occasionally needed. They have no odor and that is ideal for an apartment pet. Hairless should be treated almost the same as human skin.
They are prone to dry skin, acne, sunburns and different skin issues. Chinese Crested dogs are very sensitive to cold conditions. They should be protected with dog coats and jackets. There are varieties of moisturizers and sun protection lotions but before using them the owner should consult their veterinarians to decide is that necessary.
Health and Lifespan
Chinese Crested dogs are prone to some diseases. Eye problems include lens luxation, glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy. Hairless variation is prone to dental conditions. They can develop progressive movement disorders. Patellar luxation is a common problem for this breed. For this breed, high quality dry food is recommended. Chinese Crested dog lifespan is between 12 and 14 years, although numerous live much longer.
|Breed Group:||Toy (AKC:1991)|
Companion Breeds (UKC)
|Life span:||12-14 years|
|Height:||10-13 inches (25-33 cm)|
|Weight:||7-9 pounds (3.2-5.4 kg)|
|Litter Size:||2-5 puppies|
|Puppy Price:||Average $800 - $1000 USD|