The Chinese Crested is a popular breed of dog that originated in China. It belongs to the Toy breed family which is is adored for their tiny size, and endearing expression. Chinese Crested dogs have been bred to become companions and vermin-hunting dogs. It has two distinguished varieties: the hairless and the powder puff. The hairless type has no hair all over its body except for the head, tail, and feet, while the powder puff kind has long, soft fur. Colors come in any solid color or combination.
Height and Weight
Both the male and female members of the Chinese Crested breed commonly stand a height of 11 to 13 in as measured at the withers, and weigh 5 to 12 lbs.
Chinese Crested pets, in general, are charming, lovable, and affectionate dogs. They like to play with children, and tend to get along with other animals. The breed, however, has the propensity to become very attached to their family owners. They love companionship, and require human leadership. Chinese Crested pets are known to be entertaining and amusing. The breed is also identified to be alert and agile. Proper socialization to loud noises as well as outdoor activities at young age will keep the dog from becoming timid. Chinese Crested dogs are intelligent and can be easily trained to perform tricks. They like to dig holes and they rarely bark.
Since the hairless Chinese Crested dog generally has a delicate skin; use of moisturizers as well as sunscreens is highly advisable. To keep them from acquiring acne and blackheads, regular shower is necessary. The powder puff variety, on the other hand, needs daily brushing to maintain the favorable condition of its full coat. Their muzzle may also make use of a shave every two weeks.
Members of the Chinese Crested breed are generally prone to suffer from weight gain, skin irritations, and dental problems. Nonetheless, with proper care, diet, and exercise, the dog can live for as long as 13 to 15 years.
Chinese Crested dogs are best suited for indoor living. Because of their tendency to scale fences and dig their way out, fences have to be high at the same time deeply grounded. Owners have to keep their pets of such breed from extreme weather conditions for too much cold can be fatal for them, just as excessive heat can scorch their skin. In terms of exercise, Chinese Crested dogs only need a minimal requirement. Daily walks and a good romp in an open area will be great for them.