Chinese Crested Puppies

Vital Statistics

Breed Group
Companion Dog/Toy

Average Weight
7-12 lbs.

Personality Traits
Alert, happy, devoted

Country of Origin
Africa/Mexico/China

Coat
Hairless with some silky hair or full coat

Clubs, Registries & Associations

(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on this particular puppy.)

  • American Chinese Crested Club, Inc.
  • American Kennel Club

Description

The Chinese Crested breed has a very exotic appearance and a very interesting history in that it was created to be an invalid’s companion, so its devotion is unprecedented. The dog can almost read its owner's mind and will lie in bed for hours without moving a muscle. This is a dog that actually does not need to go out and play like most dogs do, instead it'll do just fine lounging around the house. Surprisingly, they are athletic enough to jump tall fences and compete in agility contests. They are found in two variants: the Hairless, with silky hair on the head (crest), tail (plume) and feet (socks); and the Powderpuff, which has a full coat. Interestingly, both variants can come from the same litter. This is not a breed of dog that can withstand being left alone for long periods of time.

Disposition

  • An incredibly functional dog for Arizona since the hairless Chinese Crested is incredibly tolerant of heat. It can easily and happily withstand 100-degree temperatures with little problem unlike most other breeds. This does not mean the dog can be locked in a car in the heat, it just means the dog can go outside for longer periods of time without jeopardizing its health and safety.
  • On the flip side, the dogs cannot tolerate cold temperatures; in fact, some people try to 'harden' their Chinese Cresteds by exposing them to cold. Not only does this not work, it's cruel. The cold will kill this dog a lot faster than heat.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, the hairless dog does not require sun block, moisturizing lotion or any other substance applied to the skin; in fact, that often causes problems but the dogs do need to be bathed regularly - every one or two weeks. 
  • This is a very needy breed of dog, highly sensitive and reactive so it tends to be wonderful with familiar faces but does not like strangers.