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.
Temperament The most popular of the hairless breed, the Chinese Crested are still very rare. They are sweet, lively, playful and cuddly. This breed is exceptionally loving and likes to hug and smile. Affectionate with children. Children should be taught not to be rough with this breed as it is friendly, but it does not have the protective hair that other breeds have and can get injured easily. They are an entertaining companion, intelligent and very alert. They should be well-socialized and exposed to loud noises when young to avoid potential timidity. If its owners do not baby them, these dogs can grow up to be a very well-adjusted dog.
The Chinese Crested have an ability to perform tricks and are generally good with other pets. They are not barkers. These dogs tend to become very attached to their owners and have difficulty adjusting to a new one. Chinese Crested Dogs crave constant companionship.
Coat Hairless - tufts of long, soft hair only on head, feet and tail. Powderpuff - double, long straight outer coat, soft, silky undercoat. Chinese Crested are very clean, with no doggie odour and are not prone to fleas or ticks. Powder 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.
Health Issues 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. The Hairless variety has the ancient forward- pointing canine teeth or "tusks" as they are called, but usually these are the first teeth to go. Powder Puffs (the long-haired variety of the hairless) generally have normal teeth and breeders are hoping to improve the dentition of the hairless variety by interbreeding with Powder Puffs.
Living Environment Good for apartment or home life, this is not an outdoor or kennel breed. They are fairly active indoors but they also like to play in the yard. They should wear clothing in cold weather.
Learning Rate High intelligence. Average trainability as they have a mind of their own.
hairless dogs were treated with a deep respect from 900 to 1200 year in
the territory which was located in Central America. They were
considered to be one of 10 symbols of goodness. The people who lived
there believed that the dogs bring love and piece in their lives and
houses. The ancient Toltecs believed that the love shown by this dog to its master is the example of true love.