Chinese Crested dogs are in the toy group and they come in two varieties: Hairless and Powderpuff.

Both have spunk and charm. They are fine boned, elegant and graceful but they do look different.

The Hairless, the most popular, has soft and human like skin. He has long silky hair on his head and tufts on his paws and tail. His skin comes in a variety of colors from pale flesh to black which is often mottled. He often lacks a full set of teeth.

Chinese Crested Picture

The Powderpuffhas silky hair over his entire body and almost looks like a long-haired terrier when his fur is completely grown out. His double coat is usually shaved around his snout as a standard cut. His fur is soft and is doesn't shed much.

Both have almond shaped eyes that are set wide apart. Ears are erect with a dark nose on dark colored dogs and a light nose on light colored dogs. Their body is long with a long with a long and slender neck. Legs are long, slender and straight with slender tail that tapers to a curve.

Height: 9-13"
Weight: Up to 10 pounds
Life span: 13-15 years

Chinese Crested dogs are loving companions who need people, thrive on love and usually become quite attached to their owner. They make happy lap dogs but they also like to climb and dig holes.


  • Intelligent

  • Quirky and endearing personalities

  • Playful

  • Devoted

  • Sensiteve

  • Sense of humor

  • Very alert

  • Affectionate

  • Exceptionally loving

Chinese Crested dogs make great family pets and are affectionate with children. However, children should be taught to be gentle with these little dogs.

Both of these dogs are considered good pets for allergy suffers.


The Hairless requires minor combing but needs moisturzing cream to keep his skin from becoming dry. Use hypoallergenic lotion or coat oil after his bath. If in wqrm climates he will need suncreen.

The Powdepuff requires weekly combing with a bath every two weeks.


ULHairless usually lose teeth when he becomes a young adult. Powderpuff usually has normal teeth.

  • Prone to obesity

  • Luvated patellas

  • Legg-Calve - Perthes (degenerative hip disease)

  • Progressive retinal atrophy

  • Dry eyes

After stating these problems they are however a healthy and hearty dog.

The Chinese Crested dogs are sensitive to the cold so they do need protection if in colder climates. They like a reqular play session and walks. Housebreaking them can be difficult just like most other toy dogs. They are not barkers but are wary of strangers and are not aggressive.

They need to be socialized as puppies to prevent timidity. They also need firm but gentle training when young,.


These dogs originated in Africa where the Chinese picked them up and used them as ratters on their ships. They were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1991.

One last thing they are a rare dog breed and difficult to find.

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