The “crest” in their name refers to the Chinese Crested Dog's head plume — the locks that make them resemble a 1984 hair metal frontman. Walking down the street with this unusual looking dog is sure to get you noticed! They're the champions of ugly dog competitions the world over, but fans cherish this lean, pocket-sized pooch.
It's not just their looks that make Chinese Crested Dogs unusual. Unlike most dogs who have to pant to cool off, Chinese Cresteds sweat to regulate their body temperature. Many also have wool allergies.
Originally believed to be from China, these dogs have a seafaring history, they often went out on ships during plague times to hunt rats. This small-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 8-12 pounds and lives an average of 13-18 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Toy group.
|Breed's original pastime||Companion|
|Average lifespan||13-18 years|
|Date of origin||1200s|
|Original function||Ratter, lapdog, curio|
|Average size of male||Height: 11-13 Weight: 5-12|
|Average size of female||Height: 11-13 Weight: 5-12|
|Energy level||Medium energy|
|Affection level||Very affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Very friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Very friendly|
|Ease of training||Moderately easy to train|
|Protection ability||Not very protective|
|Grooming needs||Moderate maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||Low tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||High tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A CHINESE CRESTED DOG'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
A Chinese Crested Dog craves your attention and companionship. These dogs are happy to be part of your family. They are playful and are best with supervised children and dogs. Chinese Cresteds usually like to meet strangers and often do well with other pets.
WHAT IS CHINESE CRESTED DOG BEHAVIOR LIKE?
These little guys don't need much exercise, which makes them great companions for older or mobility-challenged folks. They are gifted jumpers; some Chinese Crested Dogs also like to climb.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A CHINESE CRESTED DOG?
Chinese Crested Dogs respond well to training. Be sure to start socializing and training your Chinese Crested early.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO CHINESE CRESTED DOGS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Chinese Crested Dogs come in two varieties: hairless and powder puff. Hairless Chinese Cresteds have hair only on their heads, feet, and tails; the Powderpuff Chinese Crested is furry all over.
Hairless Chinese Cresteds have long, soft, and silky hair on their legs, heads, and tails. Powderpuffs have double coats: the outer coat is long and thin; the undercoat is short and silky.
Their hair doesn't need much grooming, but Hairless Chinese Crested Dogs' skin can need attention. Be sure to apply dog-safe sunscreen if your hairless friend is going to spend time outdoors. Bathe your Hairless Chinese Crested to prevent blackheads and be sure to moisturize!
For Powderpuffs, brush their hair at least every other day. Both varieties are infrequent shedders.
Scientifically speaking, there's no real chemical difference between hair and fur — they're both made of keratin (the same stuff your hair and fingernails are made of). If you're concerned about allergies, choose a breed that doesn't shed much and produces less dander.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO CHINESE CRESTED DOGS HAVE?
Chinese Crested Dogs may have skin problems. They're prone to skin allergies, rashes, and sunburn.
But on the upside, their hairless skin helps prevent flea infestations.