AKC PuppyFinder: Chinese Crested Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Lively, alert, and affectionate.
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Slim and graceful, Cresteds enjoy brisk walks; their favorite indoor exercise is following their humans from room to room.
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Infrequent, Hypoallergenic
- Grooming: Weekly
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 11-13 inches
- Weight: 8-12 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 13-18 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
Take your Chinese Crested out for a walk and you're sure to draw curious looks and the inevitable question, "what is that?" The hairless variety of the breed has hair on its head, tail and feet, but is otherwise all smooth pink spotted skin. But your Chinese Crested puppy is more than a curiosity. An ancient breed, originally used as a ratter on ships, they're now loving family dogs who are happiest just being with their people. Gentle and playful, you may never have a more devoted companion. The hairless variety needs some skincare: sun screen and attention to any skin irritations or allergies.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 1991
Breed History & Job Description: The Crested’s story goes so far back in time, we can only make educated guesses about how the breed was created. It’s thought that in ancient times large hairless dogs from Africa were brought to China and reduced in size after years of breeding. Chinese sailors traveled the high seas with Cresteds onboard. (The breed was once known as the Chinese Ship Dog.) The dogs became famous as shipboard rat catchers, and they were traded among sailors in seaports around the world.
Chinese Cresteds are generally healthy dogs. Hairless Chinese Crested’s skin may become sunburned. It is good for them to spend time outside on a sunny day but you may need to limit their exposure to the sun by providing shady areas, protective clothing and/or sunscreen. In general, young puppies that have never been exposed to the sun will burn very quickly. If your dog is sunburned, use an after sun aloe lotion to help soothe the skin. If you are concerned about the severity of the sunburn, take the dog to a veterinarian. Hairless Chinese Cresteds may get blackheads and acne. Most products that are used to treat and prevent acne in humans can also be used on the Hairless Chinese Crested. Prevention is the key.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Patella Evaluation
- Cardiac Exam
- Breed Club
- Breed Club Rescue: American Chinese Crested Club
- Breed Club Rescue Email: mponderPDA@aol.com (Marlene Ponder)
- Breed Club Rescue Link: