Chinese Crested (Hairless Variety)

Chinese Crested Dog

A small, light and graceful dog, with plumes of hair around the face, and on the feet and tail. The Crested is a happy and animated dog that loves deeply and needs a lot of personal interaction with its owner. These agile dogs are very good climbers and jumpers and can even grip objects and toys with their paws.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Low. Half an hour to an hour - will do much more. This breed makes an ideal pet for apartment dwellers and those with limited mobility. It does appreciate walks and playing in the garden, but chasing a ball around for half an hour keeps them happy

Size: 9-13 inches

Weight: 13 lbs or less

Colour: Whatever colour the skin is where the hair ought to be.

Town or Country: Both, though especially suited to town

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: A city or town family with respectful children, or singles and couples, all with limited home space, low to moderate time for exercise and where someone is around for much of the day. First time owners.

Group: Toy

Originally From: Actually not certain but believed to be from Africa or Central America – not China.

Original Purpose: Believed that the Chinese picked them up in African port cities and used as rat catchers aboard ships. Now a companion dog.

Living Space: Low

Coat: Hairless on the body. Plumed on feet, head and tail.

Grooming: High. As with the Mexican hairless, the Chinese Crested needs regular baths, moisturizers and sun block. The skin must be prevented from drying and cracking. They sweat through glands in their feet and skin so daily sponge and weekly baths are recommended.

Children: High. Very sociable.

Sociability with strangers: Cautious or suspicious. Early socialisation is recommended

Sociability with animals or other dogs: High

Trainability: Medium. Loves people so willing to please owners, but can be wilful. See special needs.

Noise Level: Medium. Makes a good watchdog. Is cautious or suspicious of strangers.

Known Health Issues: Soft teeth and tooth loss. Also PRCD (progressive rod-cone degeneration), and eye disease. Parents should be Optigen tested and have a CERF score/certificate.

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Special Needs: Coat in cool and cold weather and a T shirt in summer plus sunscreen on exposed parts. Bonds intensely. Difficult to housetrain.

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