Chinese crested dog

Description Chinese crested dog

Affectionate, Lively, Good-natured
The Chinese Crested Dog appears like a fragile creature, but is amazingly adaptable and hardy. He takes a lot of getting used to on the outside, but impresses with a loving nature, good behavior and is an extremely good family dog. Since he is easy to train, he is also suitable as a dog for beginners of dog ownership. He doesn’t need a lot of space, but needs enough exercise, care and family connection.FCI group: Companion dogs

  • Size: Small
  • Weight: 2.3-5.4kg
  • Life expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Coat Type: Naked
  • Colours: black, apricot, chocolate brown, cream, blue

Character Chinese crested dog

There are two varieties of the Chinese Crested Dog. One variant ( Powder Puff) has an undercoat and a thin, long top coat that looks like a veil. The second variant ( Hairless ) is the more well-known, in which the dog is naked – except for hairy paws, tail tip and head.
In breeding, the “deer type” body proportion has become established, the dog is delicately built, small and slim. However, there is also the “Cobby type”, which is rather stocky and powerfully built.

The dogs’ skin is soft and warm, but the body temperature is not higher than that of other breeds. In addition, when breeding, care is taken to ensure that the skin is rather dark to protect against the sun. The pigmentation increases in summer and decreases again in winter. The fur is mostly white to light gray.
The Chinese crested dog has large, upright ears covered with fringes of hair.

The eyes are dark and set wide apart. The nose is quite long and pointed. The long, slender neck merges into a relatively long back. The chest is deep and rather broad.

The breed often has problems with missing teeth because the hair gene is linked to the teeth gene.

There are also often problems with the eyes , a lens shift can lead to glaucoma.
Because of the hairlessness, the dog is often considered to be well suited for allergy sufferers, but this suitability has not yet been proven. In any case, they don’t shed, because they don’t lose what little fur there is. In addition, they are practically odorless.
The dogs reach an average age of 10 to 12 years with good husbandry, nutrition and care.

The average weight is about 5 kilograms.
The nature of the dog is gentle, smart and playful. If he is allowed to let off steam and play regularly, he also adapts to small living spaces and is very quiet at home. He is intelligent and takes rules well, making him easy to train. He does not tend to dominate, is not resentful and very trusting.

The breed is very sensitive and affectionate towards people.

Diet Chinese crested dog

The Chinese Crested Dog does not have any special dietary requirements, so they can be fed high-quality dry or wet food. Fresh feeding is also an option.
However, it should be noted that the breed requires more food compared to dogs of the same size. Due to the lack of fur, the body has to produce more heat, which increases the basal metabolic rate. The energy supplied by the feed is burned off much more quickly than in breeds with sufficient fur.

High-quality feed should contain little or no grain, no sugar and as high a meat content as possible. If the dog is prone to allergies, the skin can appear dry and scaly or develop a rash. Then grain-free feed with a single, exotic protein source should be chosen (e.g. horse or ostrich).


Due to the lack of fur as protection, the dogs are very susceptible to all weather influences. They must be protected against too much wet and cold, in the cold season with appropriate dog clothing. When it rains, they should not be outside for too long to avoid catching a cold.
Just like humans, dogs must be sunscreened in the summer , especially specimens with light skin and little pigmentation. In addition, the dog needs regular skin care all year round with a skin cream .

Since this is also licked off, it should be free of chemical or incompatible ingredients.
Even the few hairs have to be brushed and trimmed regularly so that they don’t get in the way of the dog. The hair on the head and ears in particular should be trimmed so that it does not obstruct the dog’s view. However, this little coat care is easy to do yourself and does not require a groomer.
After walks, the dog must be checked thoroughly for small injuries , which it easily incurs due to the lack of fur protection.

These should be disinfected and cared for directly to avoid infections. After the claws have been cut, the resulting cut edges should be filed down so that the dog does not injure itself when scratching.


It is not clear how and where the Chinese crested dog comes from or descends from. The breed has been found in China, southern Asia, Europe and Africa for centuries.
In any case, it is certain that it is closely related to the Mexican and Peruvian hairless dogs. As early as the 12th century B.C. The breed was known and in China as one of its presumed countries of origin, it was probably in the Han Dynasty around 206 BC.

At that time he was still used as a guard dog and hunting dog . He came to other continents with seafarers and became more and more popular as a pet dog.
In the USA it was a coveted show dog until the 1920s and in 1987 the Chinese crested dog was recognized as a dog breed by the FCI.

Chinese crested dog Accessories

Since the Chinese Crested Dog gets cold easily, it should be given ample opportunities to warm up. He needs dog blankets and a soft , padded basket . A pet cave is also very suitable for this breed , as it is a completely protected source of heat. If it is particularly cold, the dog will gladly accept a hot water bottle in a soft fabric cover.
The Chinese crested dog definitely needs appropriate clothing for walks .

For wet and cool weather, a rain cover that covers as much of the bare surface as possible. In winter, a dog coat is needed that is warmly lined and also covers the entire torso. In the summer, a light dog shirt can help increase sun protection. The delicate dog should not be secured by a collar but by a harness , otherwise there is a risk of choking and damaging the trachea.
For skin care, the dog needs an all- natural skin cream , which should consist of food-grade ingredients.

It should be absorbed quickly, otherwise the dog will leave greasy stains. A brush is sufficient to care for the few hairs . You also need claw clippers , a dog toothbrush and toothpaste .
Toys are a must for the playful Chinese Crested Dog, and there is a wide range to choose from depending on the dog’s preferences.

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