Chinese Crested Dog


A small Chinese Crested Dog
Chinese Crested Dog Quick Summary
Also Known As
Height (at withers)9-13in (23-33cm)
Weight8-24lbs (4-11kg)
Hair Colour(s)Varies
Lifespan10-14 years
Energy LevelLow
Litter size2-4
Barking TendencyLow
Exercise requirementsMedium
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityMedium
Aggression levelsLow
Distress if leftHigh

The Chinese Crested Dog is a small, elegant and fragile looking dog. It has a wide skull with a long muzzle, dark eyes and proportionally large ears. They are found in two varieties: the hairless variety and the powder puff variety. The hairless variety only has hair on the head, a horse-like mane down the back of the neck, feathering on the legs and a plumed tail, whereas the powder puff variety has a full and long body coat. The Chinese Crested Dog can come in a wide variety of colours.


Chinese Crested Dogs are spirited, cheerful and playful little dogs, and very affectionate. They absolutely love human company and are dogs for those with plenty of time to dedicate to their pets, as this breed does not like to be neglected, which is why they have been nicknamed the velcro dog by some. Alert, intelligent, and inquisitive, these dogs are quick to learn but can often be independent and strong willed. However, their gentle natures means they are suitable for inexperienced and experienced owners alike. Chinese Crested Dogs get on well with older, more considerate children that will be gentle, and with other pets too, but they can sometimes become a little jealous. They tend to be timid and reserved around strangers. Early socialisation will help in all these situations and will also combat general shyness.

History & Skills

Chinese Crested Dogs are thought to date back to the thirteenth century but their origins are debatable. They could come from Mexico or Africa but were in either case discovered by Chinese traders, who introduced them into Europe and America in the 1800s through their trading ships. It was on these ships that they were first given their current name. These days they remain a relatively rare breed.

Breed Specific Ailments

Chinese Crested Dogs tend to live between 10-14 years and come with a range of health issues and disorders, including sensitivity to chemicals and medicines, acne, allergies, dental problems, Legg Perthes, retinal detachment, and skin problems. The hairless variety should be protected from extremes of temperature, as the skin can burn easily, and a coat should be used when outdoors in cold climates. The hairless variety is known for having dental problems, ranging from crooked or missing teeth to severe decay.


The grooming requirements for Chinese Crested Dogs will depend upon the variety. The hairless variety needs minimal grooming but will need frequent bathing to remove dirt and sweat. Sunscreen will be necessary too, and applying oil or lotion will keep the skin in good condition. This variety is a low shedder and is considered a hypoallergenic dog. The powder puff variety will need to be brushed once or twice a week.

Exercise & Environment

Chinese Crested Dogs tend to live indoors and are suitable for small homes such as apartments. They are not a high energy breed, especially when indoors, and so their exercise requirements are moderate. A daily half-hour walk and access to a yard or garden will suffice. Note the hairless variety is not suited to colder climates.


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