As the name denotes, the Chinese Crested is a hairless dog in most of the body parts, with hair being seen on the feet and tails. The hairless variety is seen to be more valuable than the powder puff in most breeders’ eyes. The head of the Chinese Crested dog is wedge shaped and the muzzle is short, tapering into the cheeks. The eyes of the dog are almond shaped and the color varies with the color coat of the dog.
The skin coat of the Chinese crested Hairless dog is quite wide and is mixed through multiple spots. It is amazing to note that the hairless and the powder-puff variety can all be born in the same litter. The color of the nose varies depending on the skin coat f the hairless dog. The dog has large ears in proportion to the head which stand tall. The average height is about 12 inches and the weight should not exceed 10 pounds.
This is a very popular of the hairless breeds and its rarity makes it a very unique dog. The dog is constantly alert, adorable, charming as it is agile in equal measure. As it is a very small dog, it does well with children, though children must learn to always be gentle while handling it to prevent it from injury. As it is small, there is the tendency to baby the dog which ought not to be the case. Exposing the dog to loud noises while it is still a puppy is recommended to teach it how to handle fear and not be timid. The Chinese Crested dog does not bark and does very well with other dogs. It is good to note that they enjoy climbing and digging holes, thus it is a great dog to have in a country home setting so that it can get all that leisure. Constant human leadership is important in asserting leadership, thus becoming the pack leader to avoid behavioral problems.
The main problem the Chinese Crested faces is that it gains weight quite easy and diet and exercise should go hand in hand to ensure the dog stays healthy. Skin irritation is also common if the dog is in the sun for a long time. Tooth loss and decay is also common as is wool and lanolin allergies.
There is high mortality for Chinese crested dogs that have two hairless genes, most of which die at birth. The above mentioned health problems if not remedied affect quality of life and contribute to mortality cases. The average lifespan is about 10 – 12 years.
The Chinese Crested hairless variety is generally very clean and does not have a body odor. A wash once a month is recommended as they are prone to flea and tick infestations.
The history of the Chinese crested hairless dog comes from African Hairless Terriers which are their closest relatives. These dogs were picked up along the shores by Chinese trading vessels when they made a stop. The breed was recognized by the AKC in 1991