Chinese Crested Dog

Chinese Crested: With Or Without Hair

Chinese Crested History

The Chinese Crested Dog is a breed that is energetic and always looking for fun, yet when they are on your lap, they are as gentle as they come. The breed is relatively amiable regarding house pets and other dogs. They are constantly eager to please and devoted to their family. The Chinese Crested Dog views even weird individuals as potential new friends.

Chinese Crested Dog
Height: 11-13 inches; Weight: 8-12 pounds; Lifespan: 13-18 years; Country: China

These charming small canines are thought to have originated in China, but it isn’t easy to pinpoint their specific origins. Most hairless dogs are mutations from regions, particularly South and Central America. On the other hand, the hairless Chinese Crested Dog proves that it was introduced to China with roots in Africa.

According to researchers, these roots date back to China at the beginning of the 13th century. The Chinese allegedly transported the dogs on ships for use as rodent catchers, which led to the dog being spotted in other nations. They were subsequently traded to nearby merchants in other countries. Due to these trades, the dogs ended up in South Africa, Egypt, and Turkey.



In the 1800s, Chinese Crested Dogs were portrayed in European paintings. The breed gained popularity in the latter half of the 1800s thanks to an American woman named Ida Garrett. The Chinese Crested Dog eventually made it to the AKC, where it was recognized in 1991 after 100 arduous years of work thanks to dedicated breeders.

The American Chinese Crested Club is the AKC parent club for this breed.  It is a member of the Toy Group.



Caring For The Crested

Chinese Crested Dogs enjoy playing outside but struggle in the cold. Because they are so tiny, they can run around the house and get all the necessary exercise. They are good watchdogs, although their excessive friendliness could make this duty less effective.

These dogs also enjoy leaping and climbing on any safe object. It will help if you put strict security in place to prevent them from escaping. The head, neck, tail, and feet must be regularly trimmed to comply with grooming standards.



Applying moisturizer to the Chinese Crested Dog’s hairless body helps maintain healthy skin. Remember to apply sunscreen if the dog is outdoors throughout the day and it’s sunny.


The Chinese Crested Dog is available in three varieties, the Powderpuff, the Hairless, and the Hairy-Hairless, with hair, without hair, and a combination of the two.  All can be born in the same litter.

The Hairless has hair on its head, or “crest,” its feet, or “socks,” and its tail, or “plume,” while the Powderpuff has a soft, silky coat.

A Hairless Chinese Crested can give birth to either Hairless or Powderpuff puppies; however, if both parents are Powderpuffs, all puppies will be Powderpuffs.

The Hairless variety has a wide range of body hair types, from the real hairless, which has very little to no body hair and furnishings, to the so-called “hairy Hairless” dog, which, if left ungroomed, frequently develops a nearly full coat of hair. These hairy Hairless dogs are simply the product of a less robust expression of the Hairless variable gene, not a cross between Powderpuff and Hairless Chinese Crested Dogs.


The Chinese Crested dog appreciates the human company and is gay and alert. They are cute tiny dogs who enjoy doing their owners’ bidding. If they discover anything that makes you laugh, they’ll probably repeat it to win your attention.

The back of a couch or the arm of a chair are popular locations for Chinese Cresteds to perch because they are thought to have “cat-like” characteristics. Although moderate to highly active, they value peaceful times with their family. They can adapt nicely to apartment life.

Chinese Cresteds are intelligent and capable of excelling in various performance pursuits, including flyball, lure coursing, agility, and obedience.

The Chinese Crested needs early socialization, much like all breeds. They should be introduced to various settings, people, and other animals when they are young.

Health Concerns

The Chinese Crested Dog typically lives between thirteen and fifteen years. Lens luxation, PRA, and glaucoma are the breed’s three main health issues. Seizures, hearing loss, and patellar luxation are all minor problems. Legg-Perthes is hardly ever observed. Veterinarians advise evaluating these dogs’ potential knee, eye, and hearing issues.



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