About the Breed
See below for photos of different types of Cresteds
The Chinese Crested is a graceful, happy, intelligent breed.  They thoroughly enjoy life and have
engaging, comical personalities.  They are not a breed that should be left alone for long periods of time,
as they enjoy the company of their family immensely and will not be happy without it.

Chinese Cresteds are very intelligent and enjoy learning new things.  They also have a high activity
level, so both mental and physical stimulation will keep your Crested happy.  Despite their small size,
they excel at agility and other active pastimes.  They also make good therapy dogs, as they are very

Cresteds benefit from socialization to prevent them from being shy and over-protective of their humans.  
They also make fairly good watchdogs, as they are not afraid to use their bark to alert their people to any
perceived danger.


The Chinese Crested comes in two varieties, hairless and powderpuff.  Both types may be present in the
same litter.  The hairless variety has a hairless body, with hair on the head ("crest"), tail ("plume") and
paws ("socks").  The powderpuff variety has a long, soft coat.  Both varieties may be any color or
combination of colors.  The hairless variety often has delightful patterns and spots on its skin.

Chinese Cresteds weigh up to 12 pounds and measure up to 13" high at the shoulder.  They have  
distinctive "hare-foot" paws which are long and narrow.  The paws are often compared to hands, as the
dogs are capable of curling their feet to hold objects.  Some are also adept at climbing.  Many enjoy
wrapping their paws around your neck and giving you a bear hug.


Cresteds are generally a healthy breed.  As with any breed of dog, they are predisposed to certain
medical problems such as luxating patellas (kneecaps), eye and skin problems, and dental problems in
the hairless variety.


Hairless variety:  Hairless Cresteds are extremely susceptible to sunburn and require sunscreen
virtually    year round.  They cool off by perspiring through their skin (many do not pant at all) and benefit
from periodic bathing.  Good, high quality nutrition is the most important element to acquiring and
maintaining smooth, clear skin.  Lotion should be used sparingly, only when your dog's skin feels dry
to the touch.  Overuse can result in breakouts.  What hair they do have should be brushed regularly
to prevent matting.  If you want your hairless Crested to have the look of a show dog, you will need
to groom its face.  Hairless Cresteds have hair on their entire face.  Leaving them fuzzy is adorable,
too!  (See photo below)  The hairless variety tends to have poor teeth, and tooth loss is common.
When they lose enough teeth, their tongues will protrude, as there is nothing to keep their tongue
in their mouth!  Regular tooth-brushing is crucial to maintaining good dental health.  Hairless Cresteds
living in cool climates appreciate clothing.  If your Crested's activity level drops, it curls into a ball
and feels cool to the touch, it is probably cold.  Most Cresteds also love burrowing beneath the
blankets at bedtime, and why not?  They make great bed warmers!  Hairless Cresteds are also prone
to certain allergies.  Many are allergic to wool and lanolin, so wool sweaters and blankets should
never be used.  Some also experience allergic reactions to certain medications and vaccinations, and
should be watched closely for signs of a reaction.  

Powderpuff variety:  Regular grooming of the coat is necessary to prevent matting.  They do not have the
poor dentition of the hairless variety, but still benefit from regular tooth brushing.

Both varieties should be protected from the cold.  Obviously, the hairless variety is at greater risk for
frostbite and hypothermia, but neither variety should be left outside in cold weather.  You would not
go outside naked in the winter, and neither should your Crested!

Photos of different examples of Chinese Cresteds:
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Also visit the American Kennel Club website
for detailed breed information.  Always research
the breed you are interested in adopting!
A powderpuff and a hairless
with un-groomed faces
(courtesy Larry Sposato)
Hairless with dropped ear
Powderpuff puppies
(courtesy Terry Lopez)
Examples of hairless patterns and coloring
Hairless with un-groomed face
(courtesy Larry Sposato)
If you have any questions about the breed or its
care, please feel free to contact us
Powderpuff adults
(all courtesy Jacqueline Jones)
Hairless puppy
(courtesy Jacqueline Jones)
(courtesy Jacqueline Jones)
(courtesy Terry Lopez)
(courtesy Jacqueline Jones)