Chinese Crested Dog & Puppies


Chinese Crested - A Hairless Dog or a Powder Puff !

Breed Origins: China ( 1200's )
Breed usage: Hunting Dog: rats, lapdog and companion
Dog Weight: 5 - 12 Pounds
Dog Height: 9 to 13 inches to the shoulder
Cost of Puppies: Cost of puppies varies depending on location, breeder and pedigree history


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Information, Facts & Origins of the Chinese Crested Dog Breed
The Chinese Crested originates from China and was bred originally for Hunting rats and as a lapdog and companion. It's origins can be dated back to the 1200's. This dog is classified as one of the Toy Dog Group which we go on to describe in detail in the section at the bottom of this page. The Chinese Crested was first Registered by the AKC (American Kennel Club) in 1991. This dog comes in two varieties the Hairless and the Powder Puff. Name Facts and Dog Names: This dog's name is often referred to as the Powderpuff.

Chinese Crested Dog Names

Two Varieties - Hairless Chinese Crested and the Chinese Crested Powder Puff
This breed of dog comes in to distinct varieties the Hairless and the Powder Puff Chinese Crested (Powderpuff). An amazing fact about the Hairless and Powder Puff Chinese Crested is that the two different types often come from the same litter of puppies. The two varieties of this rare breed of dog obviously differ not only due to the long - powder puff - hair but also the teeth differ. The Hairless Chinese Crested have pointed front teeth, referred to as tusks whereas the Powder Puffs ( Powderpuffs) have normal teeth.

Description of the Chinese Crested Dog and Puppies - Coat and Colours information

The Chinese Crested's coat comes in a variety of shades. The coat is normally
hairless with just tufts of long, soft hair on the head, feet and tail. The other variety of this breed is called the Chinese Crested Powder Puff which has a coat of long, soft hair. Special care must be taken of the Powder Puff as regular daily grooming is required.

Dog Health information - potential health problems of the Chinese Cresteds
All owners of dogs and puppies are concerned about the health care of their pets and just as with humans dog health issues arise from time to time. Resolving dog health problems, including those of the Chinese Crested, can prove to be costly and it would be wise to consider the benefits of obtaining dog health insurance. Diseases in dogs may occur because of trauma, infection, immune system abnormalities, genetic factors, or degenerative conditions. Common health problems and questions occur in relation to the Bones, Joints, Muscles, Nerves, Ears, Eyes, Teeth and the Mouth. Other, more serious, issues can relate to the Digestive System, Heart & Respiratory Systems, Immune & Blood Systems, Reproduction and Urinary Systems. Potential health problems of the Chinese Crested may be checked via the Dog Symptoms Sorter, but can include:

  • Patellar Luxation ( The patella, or kneecap, is part of the stifle joint (knee). In patellar luxation, the kneecap luxates, or pops out of place )
  • Legge-Perthes disease - A disease of the hip joint that results in abnormal deformity of the ball of the hip joint
  • Skin allergies

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For additional information we have provided an Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems which can be accessed via the Canine Health section from the Site Map. This describes the most common health
problems concisely but simply without using medical jargon. The Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems should only be used as an informational guide and when and if any dog or puppies health
problems occur it is essential to raise any questions you may have with a Dog Health care professional. Some Chinese Crested are born with missing teeth and claws.

Information on Grooming and Care of the Chinese Crested Dog Breed
The Hairless Chinese Crested requires weekly care and grooming but the Powder Puff needs daily grooming. All dog breeds require a certain amount of grooming and care is necessary to keep dogs and puppies looking at their best. Grooming consists of not only brushing out the coat and bathing but also giving attention to the eyes, teeth, ears, feet and nails. A regular routine also ensures that any potential health problems are identified as quickly as possible, especially important in puppies and older Chinese Crested dogs.

Life Expectancy information of the Chinese Crested Dog Breed - Hairless and Powder Puff
The life expectancy for this particular breed is 10 – 14 years.

Age comparison between the Chinese Crested Dog Breed and a Human
Age comparisons between dogs and humans are always a matter of debate - we hope that the following information clarifies the situation. After the first year of life, a dog is equivalent to sixteen human years. After two years, they are equivalent to a 24 year old, at three years a 30 year old, and each year after, add 5 human years to determine a dog's age.

The Pictures reflect the Size of Adults - not Children and Puppies!
The pictures above allow for a useful comparison of sizes providing an accurate portrait of the size of an average Chinese Crested - essential information but unique to this site. It should also be noted that the pictures feature adults. The size of puppies are naturally considerably smaller and the full grown size of the animal can easily be forgotten when confronted with cute puppies! The slogan " A dog isn't just for Christmas - it's for life!" was necessitated by well meaning people buying puppies at the Christmas, unaware of the puppies growth rate. The pictures provided make it extremely clear exactly how small puppies will develop and whether it will suit the life and living conditions of the family.

Chinese Crested Dog - Hairless and Powder Puff - Puppies Info and Names
The Puppies section, accessed via the Site Index, provides detailed information about Choosing the right puppy, Puppy Training, Puppy Care and Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development. We recommend that the following considerations should always be taken into account when choosing puppies:

  • Budget - Purchasing, training, equipment, medication and feeding costs of the breed
  • Convenience and Grooming time e.g. long or short hair
  • Personal situation - time available and medical conditions such as allergies, asthma or back pain
  • Exercising requirements for the Chinese Crested breed
  • Living Conditions for the dog breed - suitability for puppies
  • Family - child suitability
  • Puppy and Dog Names - The Importance of choosing the right names

Toy Dog Breed Information
Dogs in the Toy Group, which include the Chinese Crested , were initially developed to ease the lifestyle and provide pleasure to rich people. These dogs were initially owned by the wealthy and were viewed by others as status symbols - a luxury item with little apparent purpose. Dogs in other groups had specific working roles and played a major part in providing food for the table and therefore justified the cost of their upkeep and care - these were the dogs which were commonly owned by the lower classes. Changes in the economy, lifestyles, living conditions and the environment brought the luxury and pleasure of owning a toy breed dog, such as the Chinese Crested , to everyone.

The Toy dogs which includes the Hairless and Powder Puff Chinese Crested  are small and even diminuitive in size.  Toy dogs are generally easy care pets however some do not like young children and their fragility can be a concern in large families. They have a tendency toward yappiness. Toy dogs are loyal and intelligent and especially good at learning tricks.


Toy Dog Breed Duties
Characteristics and features of Toy Dogs, including the Chinese Crested , have been introduced and strengthened by breeding with animals who already demonstrated the desired traits. Breeding for appearance was only introduced in the 19th Century. Before this time dogs and puppies were bred to increase useful abilities and traits helpful for the duties they were intended for. Toy Group dogs had limited duties which included the following tasks were were specifically utilised in Oriental and European Courts by royalty and the nobility:

  • Warmth - A dog's temperature is between 100.2-102.8 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Warmth - toy dogs sat on laps (hence the term 'lapdogs')
  • Warmth - toy dogs warmed beds in cold castles and palaces
  • Companionship
  • Status symbols 

Although toy dogs are most commonly known as lap dogs Oriental Emperors and courtiers carried them around in their copious sleeves!


Chinese Crested  Dog Breed

Examples of other Breeds within the Toy Dog Group 
The Toy group includes the Chinese Crested  and all of the following breeds:
Affenpinschers, Brussels Griffons, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Chihuahuas, Chinese Cresteds, English Toy Spaniels, Havanese, Italian Greyhounds, Japanese Chins, Maltese, Manchester Terriers (Toy), Miniature Pinschers, Papillons, Pekingese, Pomeranians, Pugs, Shih Tzus, Silky Terriers, Toy Fox Terriers, and Yorkshire Terriers (Yorkies). This dog comes in two varieties the Hairless and the Powder Puff. It's name is often referred to as the Powderpuff. Pictures and information about all of the above Toy breeds, together with all other dog groups and breeds, may be found on this website via the following links:


Dog Breeds - ABC List

Dog Names & Breeds Site Index

Toy Dog Breeds   

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