chinese crested


Chinese Crested

Although the exact origin of the Chinese Crested dog remains a mystery, it is believed they developed from African hairless dogs that were acquired by the Chinese and reduced in size. The Chinese Crested is thought to have been a ratter, taken along on voyages to hunt down vermin on ships. They were often traded with merchants in port cities, and to this day can be found in ancient port cities across the world.

Chinese Crested dogs are a small, playful breed and come in two varieties: Hairless and Powder Puff with a silky soft coat. The Hairless, with soft supple skin, has tufts of hair on its paws (socks), tail (plume), and head (crest). This breed is happy, alert and a loving lap dog with sensitive, soulful eyes. They are alert and lively, though their exercise needs are easily met with a daily walk and some playtime. It is said the Chinese Crested has a “supermodel look with a saint’s personality.”

Care must be taken with the Hairless Chinese Crested as they are vulnerable to sunburn. They should also be covered up for walks in the winter months with a coat and booties.



Sizes: small
Personality: Even Tempered, adaptable, affectionate, amiable, attentive, calm, charming, cooperative, desire to please, devoted, friendly, loving, patient, playful, sensitive, sweet-tempered
Kid Friendly (1-5): 3
Activity Level (1-5): 4
Trainability (1-5): 4

Hair lengths: short, long
Shedding (1-5): 1
Jobs: city living, family pet, lap dog, toy dog

More about Chinese Crested Dog Breed:

“Most people look away from this breed due to it’s Hairless version (hair on the head, ears, feet and tail)- “naked” animals aren’t seen as people’s first pick. Though this breed does have the Powderpuff version which means it has hair all over it’s body. However, this breed’s appearance can be elegant and their personality is fantastic. They are very energetic dogs but can be calm and relaxed when required to. They can be trained for agility, obedience and even freestyle dancing! A great little dog for a single person, couple or a family.” -Naomi

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