Chinese Crested Dog
One Of The Sweetest Miniature Dog Breeds
Lively, intelligent, inquisitive, loving and very friendly, best describes the nature of this charming
In recent years, this toy dog has become quite popular to own and has moved up the charts for the number
of AKC registrations per year.
The Crested has a reputation for mostly being easy to train, very affectionate and
playful. Some owners do however say that house training is a tad more challenging and the use of litter boxes
may be a consideration. Aside from that, they are a great house pets - entertaining, quiet and with a
very sweet disposition.
This is the perfect little dog to dress up in some fun dog clothes - if even just to provide a bit more protection for his exposed skin.
Origins And Description:
The Chinese Crested dog is quite a rare and intriguing toy dog breed that often does not have a full set of teeth.
There is some debate about the country of origin of the Chinese Crested breed. In one camp there
are those favoring China as the obvious roots, while others speculate that the warmer regions such as Africa or Mexico are
more likely due to the hairless feature of this dog.
The researchers who favor China, believe the breed is quite ancient, dating back to the Han Dynasty.
This sweet tempered little dog is very unique in appearance with a doe-like delicacy. It is a most unusual and rare breed with two varieties - one almost
completely hairless and the other, the powderpuff, having a soft double coat of hair. It is not uncommon
for both varieties to appear in the same litter since this breed carries an imcomplete
dominant hairless gene that, when recessive, can be expressed with hair as in the powderpuff variety.
The lifespan for the breed is generally in the range of 13 to 15 years.
Appearance, Coat And Care
9-13 inches Weight:
Up to 11 pounds Skin Color:
From pink to black, mahogany, blue lavender
and copper - it can be spotted or solid. The minimal hair can be any color.
The hairless Chinese Crested does need UV
sunscreen protection for dogs
when outside. It is also a good idea to apply hydrating skin lotion
fairly often to prevent dryness. Bathing should be done as needed.
The powderpuff variety does need to be clipped and
brushed to maintain its coat in good condition. Both need fairly frequent bathing.
Being another thin-skinned breed, Cresteds do feel the cold and damp and can use a dog coat most of the time. And, because
of the delicate nature of their skin, a softer hypoallergenic collar - such as a
hemp dog collar is a good idea.
The Chinese Crested is a very playful dog and stays quite busy inside the home. Exercise needs are
modest, and outdoor activity can be limited.
Weather should be considered when going outside because
of their direct skin exposure to the elements. On very hot, as well as cold days, out door activities
should be limited.
A light dog coat or sweater provides some sun protection and a heavier one is desirable on cooler
However, weather permitting, every dog deserves and enjoy a nice walk and some fresh air. A small dog carrier
makes it very convenient to take your small dog along whenever you go out.
This breed is an ideal choice for apartment dwellers or small homes.
Although they are quite active indoors, they do not need a lot of space and they are not noisy.
Be aware, however, that they are curious little dogs and good climbers so early training is advised to
establish what's off limits. They can get along quite well most of the time without a yard.
The Chinese Crested dog is good with all children, but especially older children who are considerate of pets.
They like a lot of interaction with their family and are known to be gentle. Younger children might not
be so aware that this miniature dog breed is a delicate pet can be easily injured during play.
It is advisable to have an adult monitor activities when children are involved so that both the child and the pet
With a low exercise demand and a very loving nature, this toy dog breed
makes an excellent choice for the elderly, sedentary, or those who cannot get out very often.
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