Family: companion, Southern (hairless)
Area of origin: China
Original function: ratter, lapdog, curio
Average size of male: Ht: 11-13, Wt: 5-12
Average size of female: Ht: 11-13, Wt: 5-12
Other names: none
Chinese Crested Dog Dog Temperament
The Chinese crested is a combination of playful pixie, gentle lap dog and sensitive companion. She is devoted to her family and willing to please; she is also good with other dogs, pets and strangers. Her demeanor should be gay and alert.
Chinese Crested Dog Dog Care
The crested enjoys a romp outside, but she hates the cold. She is small enough that she can get sufficient exercise with vigorous inside games. Hairless varieties will need a sweater for cold-weather outings. This is not a breed for outdoor living. Chinese crested dogs are gifted jumpers and some climb. Coat care for the powder-puff variety entails brushing every day or two. The muzzle is usually shaved every two weeks in puffs. The hairless needs regular skin care, such as the application of moisturizer or sunblock, and bathing to combat blackheads.
Chinese Crested Dog Dog Health
Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: none
Occasionally seen: Legg - Perthes
Suggested tests: none
Life span: 13 - 15 years
Note: The hairless is susceptible to blackheads, sunburn, wool allergy and tooth loss; she has irregular dentition and thinner enamel.