Dog Breed Profiles

Chinese Crested

Photo

Pet Photos

Register for a free My Pets account to feature you pet’s picture here!

Dog Breed Group
Toy Dogs 
Origin of Breed
China to hunt vermin. 
Life Expectancy
10 - 14 years. 
Color
Any color combinations 
Coat
Two types of coat: Hairless - tufts of long, soft hair only on head, feet and tail. Powderpuff - double, lone straight outer coa 
Exercise Needs
Minimal exercise needed. 
Temperament
This affectionate little dog makes an excellent pet for those who appreciate its loving nature and are not put off by its exuber 
Good with Children
Good with children and other pets. Does not make a good watchdog 
Grooming Needs
Weekly grooming of the Powderpuff. Hairless Crested needs his skin massaged regularly with cream and may become sticky and dirty 
Average Size - Male (in)
11 - 13 
Average Size - Female (in)
11 - 13 
Average Weight - Male (lbs)
5 - 10 
Average Weight - Female (lbs)
5 - 10 
Health Issues
The hairless crested must be protected from both hot and cold weather. Health issues include Luxating patellas, Legg-Perthes disv
Living Conditions
Makes an excellent apartment dog. It is not an outdoor breed. 

Breed Description

The Chinese Crested dog is the smallest of the hairless breeds. It is a breed of toy dog known for its hairless body and hairy head, tail, and feet. The almost hairless Chinese Creates is said to have originated in China and taken to South America in Chinese sailing ships many centuries ago. Others believe that the Crested may be the result of the mating of a Mexican Hairless Dog with a Chihuahua. Certainly the mating of a Chinese Crested with a Chihuahua can produce a completely hairless dog. It was first used to hunt vermin on Chinese ships during plague pandemic. A rare version known as the Powder Puff variation also exists. The Chinese Crested is one of few dogs that have sweat glands, so it does not pant to cool down. Its coat is soft and silky and can be any combination of colors. Its ears are large, uncropped, and erect and its tail is slender and tapers to a curve. Its eye color matches its coat color.

Breed Infobits

The Chinese Crested Dog is a tiny, graceful, and finely-boned dog.
The Chinese Crested Dog is usually quite gentle in its nature and makes a wonderful companion for its owner.
As with other breeds of hairless dogs, "powder-puffs," or pups with coats, sometimes occur in Chinese Crested litters.

Disclaimer: Pets.ca cannot be responsible for the accuracy of the above presented information. Please double check all information prior to making any decisions about purchasing this or any breed. If you think we have made an error with some of the information presented here, please e-mail us at breedprofiles@pets.ca.