The Chinese Crested is a fine-boned, elegant and graceful dog who makes a loving companion, playful and entertaining. They adore food and will leap about in anticipation of a tiny bite.
There are two distinct varieties of this unusual dog: one is hairless except for its feet, head and tail, and called, not surprisingly, the Hairless; the other is called the Powder Puff. It has a coat of long soft hair. Both come in numerous colors, either solid, mixed or spotted all over.
Strangely the two types often come in the same litter. It is a friendly family breed, not aggressive towards children or other animals. They do not make good kennel dogs, since they love the companionship of a home. The Chinese Crested does best as a one dog family and sometimes do not like to be over handled by strangers. Odorless and hairless they are a very low maintenance breed.
Any color combinations.
Hairless - tufts of long, soft hair only on head, feet and tail. Powderpuff - double, lone straight outer coat, soft, silky undercoat. Chinese Crested are very clean, with no doggie odor and are not prone to fleas or ticks. Power Puffs need a lot more grooming.
Daily brushing of the Powder Puff's long, fine, double coat is recommended, taking extra care when the dog is shedding. The wooly undercoat becomes matted if neglected. Bathe the Hairless frequently and massage a little oil or cream into the skin to keep it supple. These dogs shed little to no hair and are great for allergy sufferers.
The breed should be protected with sunscreen, exposed skin needs special care to prevent skin problems and irritations. Many Chinese Crested dogs are allergic to lanolin and wool. Their teeth should be well cared for to prevent decay. Hairless dogs often lose many teeth as young adults. They should not be given bones to chew as they often have an incomplete set of teeth. To minimize the risk of your Chinese Crested developing any hereditary health issues, you should buy a Chinese Crested puppy from a reputable breeder.