Breed Group: Toy Group
Shoulder Height: 11-13 in.
Weight: 5-11 lb.
Life Span: 13-15 years
Colors: Apricot, black, white, tan, blue, chocolate, cream, palomino, pink, slate, brown, red, sable, silver
- The Chinese Crested is the most popular hairless breed recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
- Their name is actually a misnomer. The breed was originally developed in Africa and possibly shares lineage with the Xoloitzcuintli or Mexican Hairless Dog.
- There are two types of Chinese Crested: the Hairless variety and the Powderpuff variety, which sports a fluffy look. Both types are recognized by the AKC.
Despite their reputation as being fairly unattractive dogs, the Chinese Crested are actually wonderful companions and are one of the most loveable breeds in the Toy group. Ideal for the elderly as well as children, this breed is about as low-maintenance as you can get.
Grooming is hardly an issue with this hairless breed. The only patches of hair that you typically find would be on the tail, the top of the head, and sometimes on the chin. Even with the Powderpuff variety, grooming is not much of a concern as their fur is very smooth and soft, thereby making it easy to keep. It's important to recognize that individuals of the hairless variety need protection from the sun and the cold.
The Chinese Crested has a loveable personality that instantly endears them to their pet parents. They are not aggressive towards humans or other dogs, and they thrive on human companionship. Chinese Cresteds are lively, fun, and enjoy cuddling with you. Not only that, but the breed is quite intelligent. This, along with their willingness to please, makes them very easy to train and an ideal companion for dog sports such as agility or flyball.
Exercise is needed to keep any dog happy. However, because of their size, the Chinese Crested doesn't need a huge amount of exercise. They're ideal companions for those who live in apartments.
Generally, the Chinese Crested is a very healthy breed, but there are some health issues that prospective owners need to be aware of.
- They can be susceptible to eye problems like glaucoma and progressive retinal atrophy.
- Similar to Chihuahuas, the Hairless variety can suffer from dental problems such as overcrowding and decay. However, the Powderpuff variety is less susceptible to dental defects.
- The hairless variety can suffer from acne and blackheads on their skin, which may need careful bathing and medication.
- From 2003 to his death in 2006, Sam, a Chinese Crested, was the World's Ugliest Dog. In 2016, a Chihuahua-Chinese Crested cross named SweePee Rambo won the title.
- The famous burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee kept and bred Chinese Crested.
- The breed has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows that bank off of their distinctive appearance. Some of these include Hotel for Dogs, Marmaduke, and Ugly Betty.
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