Chinese Crested

Description:
There are two varieties of Chinese crested dogs, one is naked and the other has hair. The naked variety only has hair on its head, tail and feet. The other, which is often times called Powder puff, is totally covered with a double coat of silky hair. This small toy's height is around twenty-eight to thirty three centimeters. The head is triangular if you look at it from the top, and its eyes are almond shaped and separate, it has big straight ears, its cheeks are smooth and have a slight stop, and a well-pigmented nose. The neck of the Chinese crested is smooth and slightly arched and the superior light is straight. The sides are moderately retracted and its hips are light. Its fine tails ends in a curve and reaches down to its ankles. The front legs allow enough amplitude and the hind legs are moderately angled. The naked variety has soft smooth skin. They come in many different colors and some of them are very unusual when it comes to their color such as pink, blue, lavender, and copper.

Ideal owner:
"Oh my" you might say, "a dog without hair….yikes!" however, believe it or not the Chinese Crested is much less problematic then other breeds. Although it does have a very peculiar look, the truth is that this dog is very playful, loveable and resistant. The owner of a Chinese crested must keep in mind that this dog is indeed naked and needs to treat it adequately and dress it according to the weather, like in winter for example. Jerseys and jackets are a must in cold weather. The Chinese crested is a housedog that loves being around its family and tolerates educated children well. It is very independent and intelligent.

Growth:
The weight and size of the Chinese crested varies depending on the lines of the breed. At around seven or eight weeks it should weight anywhere between 500 grams to one and a half kilograms. The person interested in acquiring one of these dogs must pick it out carefully. It is important to investigate and find out about this breed before getting one, remember this is a very genetically exceptional dog. Avoid ones that look too refined and fragile since they are very prone to health problems and lesions. Two very important points to check are its teeth and skin. Younger dogs require of more care and patience. It is not unusual for this dog to go through temporary behavior changes especially when its teeth are changing, and believe it or not these dogs can even get acne when they are adolescents. It is very important for the owner of a Chinese crested to keep in close contact with the breeder or veterinarian in order to take appropriate care of it.

General health:
The Chinese crested dog is very obviously something very genetically unique. As far as its health is concerned, the major problems lie in the fact that it is naked, has sensitive skin and can have teeth problems. Broken teeth, especially molars and premolars are very common as well as dermatological problems. Besides this, this breed is exposed the same common diseases as all the other toy breeds such as Legg Perthes, kneecap dislocation, glaucoma, loosing of the retina, cataracts, progressive retina atrophy and stenosis of the aorta. All this to point out the amount of care and why it is important to carefully choose the breeder and the puppy. The type of care that must go into naked Chinese crested are more demanding than those of the variety with hair. The owner of this dog must follow the instructions and recommendations of the breeder as far as the care of its skin, diet, etc. Some Chinese crested dogs are allergic to wool and lanolin.

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