Chinese Crested

A slender, fine-boned toy breed, the Chinese Crested is believed to have descended from African hairless dogs. For centuries, the breed accompanied Chinese sailors on the high seas, and sailors frequently traded puppies with local merchants at port cities around the world. Elegant and graceful, the Chinese Crested is a gay, lively dog that makes a playful, loving companion. The breed comes in two coat varieties -- hairless and powderpuff -- both which shed little to no hair.



Dogs should measure between 28 - 33cms; Bitches should ideally measure between 23 - 30cms.


Dogs should weigh between 4 - 5.4kgs and Bitches should weigh between 3.6 - 4.5kgs.

Conformation, Obedience, Agility, Barn Hunt

Any color or combination of colors

It is very important to keep the skin of the Chinese Crested protected against becoming dry and as supple and smooth as possible, there are excellent lotions and creams available from your local vet clinic or pet specialty store.

The unpigmented areas of skin are especially sensitive to the sun, it is recommended to cover your Chinese Crested with a good quality sunscreen and where possible avoid long periods of sun exposure. It is recommended that in cold weather that they wear a dog coat or jumper.

The Chinese Crested is a sweet, lively, playful and cuddly dog. They are exceptionally loving, can be affectionate with children. However children should be taught not to be rough with them as they not have the protective hair that other breeds have and can be injured easily.

Puppies should be well-socialised let them meet different people and animals in a positive environment, this way they will be exposure to a variety of situations, this will avoid potential timidity as they grow up. The Chinese Crested is an intelligent breed that requires regular mental stimulation, if they become bored they have a tendency to dig holes and climb.

There are two distinct varieties of this unusual dog: one is hairless except for its feet, head and tail, and the other is called the Powder Puff. It has a coat of long soft hair. Both come in numerous colours, either solid, mixed or spotted all over. It has a broad skull and a long muzzle. Eyes are dark, and ears are erect. Strangely the two types often come in the same litter.

12 to 14 years

The Chinese crested comes in many different colour combinations.

The skin of the Chinese Crested requires careful attention. The Hairless Chinese Crested requires frequent baths and massaged with lotions or cream into the skin to keep it supple. The Powder Puff’s require daily brushing extra care needs to be taken when your dog is shedding. The wooly undercoat will become matted if neglected.

Exposed skin needs special care to prevent skin problems and irritations. The hairless dogs do get sunburn and a good sunscreen should be used if the dog is going to be out in the sun. Many Chinese Crested are allergic to lanolin and wool, and they often suffer from dental disease.

These dogs are relatively easy to feed, not requiring any supplements or special diets. The main thing to remember with the Chinese Cresteds is not to overfeed as they do have a tendency to become overweight.

The Chinese Crested originated in Africa where they were called "African Hairless Terriers." The ancient Aztecs used them as bed warmers. The Chinese trading ships discovered these dogs when stopped along the Africa coast, they picked up these dogs because they were excellent ratters for their ships.

They renamed the dogs "Chinese Crested" and the name and long coats are quite separately bred, and a bitch would be very unlikely to throw two types in a single litter.

Chinese Crested dogs have made appearances in several popular films and television shows. They include: “Krull” from “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days,” “Fluffy,” who was Cruella DeVille's dog in “102 Dalmatians,” and “Halston” from the sitcom “Ugly Betty.”


Find responsible breeders on RightPaw

Looking for your new best friend? RightPaw makes the journey of finding a puppy simpler, safer and more supportive. Visit RightPaw to search for verified breeders, learn about their breeding programs, and apply for a puppy.

Visit RightPaw