Chinese Crested

Though these breeds of dogs are usually called as “the ugly dogs”, they are slender looking dogs with a fine bone structure, which makes them a graceful pet. The Chinese Crested Dogs are found in two varieties such as the hairless variant and powderpuff variant. Of these two, the powderpuff dogs are considered to be recessive genetically. The hairless variant dogs typically have hair only on the feet, tail and head.

Chinese Crested Breed Information

The Chinese Crested Dogs have their origin in Africa and were earlier known as “African Hairless Terriers”. When the trading ships in China anchored in Chinese shores, the traders and sailors brought back these dogs onboard to catch rodents. They later rechristened the dogs as Chinese Crested Dogs. As Chinese loved smaller pets, they bred the African Hairless Terriers to make them smaller and the dogs were sold to other regions like South and Central America, Turkey, South Africa and Egypt. Later, AKC recognised the Chinese Crested Dog officially in the year 1991. These dogs became a favourite among dog show lovers and slowly received the attention of pet owners from across the globe.
The Chinese Crested Dogs are considered to be rare breeds as it is tough to see a perfect blend of alertness, affection, agility and charm in one dog. They are very close to kids in their family and love being handled in a gentle way. They can be timid if they are pampered too much.
  • Activity level: 2.5/5 (active sometimes)
  • Intelligence level: 3/5 (a keen observer)
  • Curiosity: 3/5 (loves training and tricks)
  • Friendliness: 5/5 (very friendly with kids )
  • Vocal: 1/5 (relatively quiet, barks only while sensing danger)
Chinese Crested Dogs have the most striking appearance that features a spiky pixie hairdo, fur covered socks, tail with feathery hair and spotted skin in pink shade. This is why they are fondly called as “Dr. Seuss Dog”. The coat of this breed is in various shades and they have a light or dark coloured nose.
  • Fur: When you compare a powderpuff and his hairless sibling, you will realize that the straight and silky fur is the only difference between them. The hairless breeds have soft silky fur only on their head, tail and feet.
  • Eyes: Chinese Crested Dogs have eyelids and almond shaped eyes in the matching shade of their coat.
  • Body structure: The body of the Chinese Crested Dog is slightly longer and they have an agile gait. They have uncropped ears that stand out and a head that is wedge shaped.
  • Facial features: The face of the Chinese Crested Dog shows an intense and alert expression.
  • Weight: This lapdog breed (both male and female) can reach a weight of 5kgs to 12 kgs when they are mature.
Health and Care
These hairless breed dogs are generally very healthy and can live for up to 12 years. However this breed is susceptible to patellar luxation, congenital heart disease and inherited eye diseases like primary lens luxation and progressive retinal atrophy, which can cause blindness. The vets might suggest prcd-PRA and PLL tests to detect these conditions. Some might face minor health issues such as irritation in the skin, hypothermia and tooth decay. The hairless variants are susceptible to irritation from fabrics like lanolin and wool. The hairless Chinese Crested Dogs are prone to sun damage and hence you have to apply a sunscreen lotion before you take them for a walk. Your dog will also require a skin care regime and baths to prevent black heads.
We have gathered this information from our breeders based on their experience with this breed. However, remember that each animal is different with its own personality and needs (just like people!), so use this information wisely. Do you know more about this breed and want to share your knowledge with us? Send us an email at
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