Chinese Crested Dog
The Chinese Crested dog is unusual looking and has two varieties: the first is 'Hairless' which is almost completely hairless except for a crest of fur on its head, a tuft on its tail called a plume and fur around its feet known as 'socks'. The second variety is 'Powder Puff', which has long silky hair.
Country of Origin:
The Chinese Crested Dog originated in Africa
The Chinese Crested Dog is about 12 inches (30cm.)in height.
The Chinese Crested Dog should not weigh over 10 pounds (4.5kg)
Both the Hairless and the Powder Puff Chinese Crested may be a variety of colors, and be either solid and spotted.
The hairless variety is excellent for allergy sufferers, and requires nothing but a little lotion or massage oil to keep its skin smooth and supple. The Chinese Crested Powder Puff requires daily brushing. Neither of the Chinese Cresteds have a doggy odor.
Chinese Crested Dogs are exceptionally friendly. They love hugs and constantly crave human companionship. Chinese Cresteds are intelligent and can perform tricks. Chinese Crested pups should not be babied in order to ensure that they grow up to be well adjusted. Chinese Cresteds love to play with children. They do not bark but they like to dig and climb.
The Hairless Chinese Crested Dog is allergic to lanolin and wool. It should also be protected by sunscreen when outside. The hairless variety is also prone to losing teeth. These problems do not occur in the Powder Puff Chinese Crested variety.
The Chinese Crested Dog can be expected to live about 10-12 years.
Chinese Cresteds make excellent apartment dogs and like to play indoors. They do enjoy brisk walks, however.
The Chinese Crested Dog is in the Toy Group