The Loyal Chinese Crested Dog

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Chinese Crested
Weight: 5 — 12 lbs
Height: 11” — 13”
AKC Rank 2008 #52
Lifespan: 13—15 yrs
Group Toy
Origin China

Dog Breed Info - The Chinese Crested

Breed Overview

Origin 1200’s. Original function: Ratter, lapdog. Today, Companion dog.

The China Crested apparently showed up in Africa and was brought to China as early as the thirteenth century. Chinese seafarers were said to have kept the dogs on ships as non-flea bearing ratters and curios and to trade them with merchants wherever they called. They were recorded in Europe in the 1800’s, where paintings and later photographs included dogs of Crested type. The Chinese Crested gradually gained admirers in both America and Europe. In 1991, after a century of effort, the breed was registered by the AKC.

Hi - I'm a handsome,
adorable Chinese Crested
and I need to be adopted by YOU!

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Yes, they are trainable. Intelligent and wants to please. Use clicker training, it works really well.

Crate Training

Want to crate train your Chinese Crested? It's easy and if you're interested, take a look and you'll see what to do. Crate training your puppy will save many headaches and problems.

Potty Training

The Crested is fairly easy to house train, potty train, toilet train, housebreak or whatever you want to call it. If you have a puppy, decide if you want to crate or paper potty train it. For the best results, we have a page at Crate vs Paper Potty Training which will help you decide and from there you can get all the information you need to get the job done. Always praise the pup profusely when she goes potty in the RIGHT PLACE so she knows she has done a good thing. Either method will work for this breed.

If you have an older dog, take the dog outside every two hours until she gets the idea which door leads to her potty area. Older dogs catch on to the potty or housebreaking pretty fast once they are shown what to do.



The Chinese Crested is a combination of a playful pixie, gentle lapdog and sensitive companion. She’s devoted to her family. She is also good with other dogs, pets and strangers. The dog’s demeanor is that of happy and alert. This breed is known for having separation anxiety problems though.

If you happen to get a Chinese Crested with a separation anxiety problem, that can be dealt with by investing a few hours of work on your part and some "tough love."

Friendly Toward Other Dogs

OK-Fairly good. Will choose her friends. Likes some dogs, not others. Afraid of big dogs.


Friendly Toward Other Pets

Yes, very accepting of other animals in the house.

Friendly Toward Strangers

Yes, loves people. Bring on the neighbors and relatives.


Yes. Very playful. Loves to cut up and romp and entertain.


Yes, very affectionate. Loves people, other dogs and older kids.

Good with children?

Older children that know how to behave around dogs are okay. This dog is too dainty and delicate for small children. All children need supervision around a dog this small.

Good with Seniors over 65?

Yes. The China Crested is an affectionate, loyal and friendly lapdog that does well with seniors. Low exercise needs, can be done in the house. Likes people so relatives visiting would be no problem. If longevity or training are an issue, find a Chinese Crested Rescue group and get a dog that's 2 to 3 years old who is house trained and knows a few commands. It will solve a lot of problems immediately.

Living environment

Apartment, house, city. Needs a warm climate. Hairless dogs will need a sweater or coat if outdoors in the cold.


Energy level


Exercise needs, dailyThe China Crested enjoys a good romp outdoors but can’t take much sun or cold, especially the hairless. Vigorous indoor games are all it needs for exercise.


Yes, pretty good little watchdog. Will sound the alarm when something is amiss.

Guard dog

No. She’s just too small and dainty.


Some shedding from the coated version.



The hairless Crested has a severe blackhead problem and must have regular skin care including applications of moisturizer, sun block and regular bathing to combat the blackheads.

The powder-puff coated Crested needs brushing everyday. The muzzle needs to be shaved every two weeks on the Puffs. Use a soft bristle brush and don't harm the skin.



Suggested Reading For The Chinese Crested

  • Book at the right is an owners guide for the Crested.

  • 2nd book from the left is "50 Games To Play With Your Dog" which are simple, easy to teach activities to keep life interesting and varied for your Chinese Crested. These dogs love to play games.

  • 3rd book from the left is "101 Dog Tricks" and offers a grand variety of things to stimulate your dog's brain and keep him thinking. These are both fun books to work with.

  • The book on the right is by the American National Red Cross and deals with dog Dog health, emergencies, injuries and illnesses. It's a valuable reference manual intended for all dog owners. This is Vol 2, 2008 and includes a DVD.

Chinese Crested Breeders

In the event you decide to go looking for Crested puppies, be SURE to find reputable breeders that really know what they are doing. Be sure the puppy has been well socialized and started in obedience training.
Chinese Crested Breeders with puppies for sale.

Chinese Crested Rescue

In the event you are seriously considering the adoption of an older dog and are looking for a Chinese Crested Rescue group or groups in your state, here are several links that might help:
Petfinder - Chinese Crested Rescue - (Nationwide) If you do adopt one, try to locate any dog health records and save for possible future reference.
Adopt A Pet This is an interesting site but in the event you don;'t find what you're looking for between these two sites, try surfing online for Chinese Crested Rescue groups, kennels or adoptions or dogs for sale. I'm sure there are more of these in China than in the US.

Dog Health Issues For The Chinese Crested
Below: The dog illness / illnesses or medical problems listed for the breed by various vets.

This is basically a healthy breed. Don’t let the list below scare you! Your own dog will probably never have ANY of these problems. These are dog illness and medical problems this breed is prone to that have been listed by various veterinarians at different times over the past decade or so and some pertain to puppies and very young dogs that a breeder would deal with.

The information contained herein has been gathered from numerous books by veterinarians and is intended as general information only. Every dog and situation is different. You must see your vet. Our information is for general interest only and not intended to replace the advice provided by your own veterinarian.

  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy—An inherited, untreatable disease of the retina affecting both eyes causing blindness. It’s in the genes of the dog and is not painful. Starts with night blindness and progresses as the retina gradually deteriorates.

  • Glaucoma - Painful pressure in the due to poor drainage leading to blindness.

  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca—(Keratitis) A fancy way of saying “dry eye.” Inadequate tear flow causes painful eye infections of a chronic nature. Causes vary from distemper to certain medications to removing the third eyelid tear gland.. Often treated with cyclosporine drops. or an ointment called cyclosporine topical therapy.

  • Lens luxation—Hereditary. Weak fibers holding the lens of the eye allow the lens to dislocate. The eye can not focus. This leads to painful, red eyes that tear a lot and can lead to Uveitis or Glaucoma if not treated right away. If detected early, surgery and medication might solve the problem.

  • Deafness—Hereditary or caused by: Excessive loud noise, Intolerance to anesthesia, drug toxicity, and Otitis (middle ear infection), In some cases, one ear can have no hearing from birth and the other ear can be losing the ability to hear over time, undetected, then suddenly one morning the hearing is totally gone. There is no reversing once that happens.

  • Seizures.

  • Patellar luxation—Limping, Hind Leg Held Up, Can’t straighten back leg. Caused by an unusually shallow spot on the femur, weak ligaments and misalignment of tendons and muscles that align the knee joint and allow the knee cap (patella) to float sideways in and out of position. This can be caused by injury or be present at birth and can affect both rear legs of the Chinese Crested. It’s most common in small and toy dogs. If your dog has trouble straightening the leg, is limping, or is walking on three legs and holding one hind leg up, look for patellar luxation. Several of my dogs have had the problem and all I’ve done is reach down, massage the knee a little until they drop their leg, and we’re good to go for another 3 or 4 months. Severe cases require surgery for a fully lame leg.

  • Legg-Perthes—A disease of the hip joint in young dogs. It is a deforming of the head of the femur head where it fits into the pelvic socket and is generally noticed at around 6 to 8 months age. The disease affects small and toy breeds like the Chinese Crested and can range from mildly debilitating to totally debilitating. It’s very painful and the Chinese Crested will have a lame leg at the affected hip. Pain can become severe in some dogs and the dog will go from occasional limping to continuous carrying of the leg. Severe muscle atrophy can set in with the appearance of shortening of the affected leg. Restricted joint movement is also a common sign Legg-Perthes. Surgery will usually restore a dog to a fairly normal life but prevention at the breeding stage is the right solution.

Other health problems could occur in your Chinese Crested. If you notice any problems with your Chinese Crested Dog, take it to the vet immediately. This website is for general information only and is not intended to, in any way, be a medical guide.


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