Chinese Crested

The charmingly exotic Chinese Crested Dog is truly a sight to behold. This unique toy breed comes in two varieties: the hairless, and the “powderpuff” with its fluffier look. It’s believed this captivating canine has been around for more than 2,000 years; first bred in China before being brought abroad by adventurous merchant seamen seeking to protect their ships from hungry rodents.

Who can forget the visually striking hairless Crested? But, if you desire a more furred pup, then the Powderpuff variety is for you; it’s entirely covered in soft and silk strands of hair. This fairy tale looking canine has an unmistakable presence and gracefulness that comes with its size; weighing only 10 to 13 pounds but having traits similar to those of ponies such as hairy feet, head and tail paired with a mostly bare body. Much like many toy breeds, Chinese Cresteds are lively characters full of charm that make fantastic companions for gentle households.

The Chinese Crested may have difficulty enduring cold weather due to its lack of fur; however, this pup is meant for more than just shivering in the snow. It adores nothing more than cuddling up with its family and providing them with warmth from its exposed skin. Whenever it decides to venture outside during warmer days, canine clothing and human sunscreen are necessary precautions – both to keep their delicate skin safe! When winter hits town and temperatures drop, sweaters become an essential accessory as opposed to a fancy affectation.

The Powderpuff is an incredibly low-shedding breed, making them a great fit for those who suffer from allergies. However, with his long and soft coat, he does require daily brushing to remain tangle-free!

Although it’s quite easy to give in and pamper your Chinese Crested, that should be avoided. Too much coddling will turn him into a tyrant, while too much guarding might cause his slight shyness to develop into an even bigger problem. If you want your little dog to grow up well-mannered and confident, then resist the urge of spoiling him!

While Cresteds are usually friendly around children, they may be too small for roughhousing. Therefore, if you have toddlers in your family, this breed is not ideal unless you can commit to providing constant supervision. Furthermore, housetraining a Crested pup can often be extremely challenging; thus, it’s important to think carefully before deciding whether or not the breed fits your needs.

The Chinese Crested may not be as vocally expressive as some of the other toy dog breeds, but he still needs gentle and consistent training from a young age to really blossom into his full potential. With proper raising, this breed is intelligent with an infectiously cheerful disposition that’s sure to bring joy to anyone who meets him. What’s more, because they don’t do well when left alone for long periods of time or living outdoors in yards/garages, it’s best if they live indoors surrounded by their beloved family members!

  • Furlyfe Rank
  • Group AKC Toy
  • Origin China
  • Size Smallest
  • Weight 10 to 13 pounds
  • Coat Length Short
  • Coat Type Hairless, Silky
  • Colors Apricot,Black,Blue,Chocolate,Cream,Palomino,Slate,White
  • Other Names Crested, Puff
  • Temperament Affectionate,Alert,Happy,Lively,Playful,Sweet-tempered

Breed Characteristics

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