Chinese Crested DESCRIPTION

What the Chinese Crested lacks in hair, it compensates in virtues: it is hypoallergenic, doesn’t shed or smell, it is not demanding and “lavender” colored. Own. Orville Vaughn
Although a powder-puff is not imagined as a dog, the Chinese Crested or Crested Chinese Dog can be nude or with hair (the latter is commonly called “Powder-puff”). The nude variety only has hair at the head, tail and feet; the Powder-puff is completely covered in a double and silky coat. This small toy stands between 28 and 33 cm, admitting slight variations. The head is triangular seen from the top, with almond shaped and well separated eyes, the large uncropped ears are carried erect, the cheeks smooth, light stop, and a well pigmented nose. In the nude variety, a lack of teeth is not penalized; in the Powder-puff it is. The neck is smooth and slightly arched; the upper outline is straight; the flanks are moderately retracted; the rump light, the sternum not prominent. The fine tail does not end in a curve, reaching the hock, and is happily carried in movement. The forequarters allow amplitude; the hinds are moderately angled. The nude variety has a smooth and soft skin. Every color is admitted and the Chinese Crested displays unusual coloring in dogs, including pink, blue, lavender and copper.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR                  
A hairless dog! The Chinese Crested Dog – believe it or not – is less troublesome than many other breeds. Despite its peculiar look, it is a playful, resistant and affectionate breed. The owner should consider that this seminude dog should be treated appropriately and also properly dressed sometimes. During the winter jerseys and jackets are essential for a well dressed Chinese Crested. It is an indoor breed; it loves to be with the family, and tolerates well behaved children. It is independent and intelligent.
 
DEVELOPMENT
The long haired or powder-puff variety is identical to its hairless siblings, except for the fabulous coat of long silky hair. 
 
Weight and growth vary according to breeding lines. After seven or eight weeks weigh is between 500 g and 1.5 kg. The buyer should select the puppy carefully. Make contacts and investigate about the breed before buying a dog so genetically exceptional. Avoid puppies too refined or fragile, since these are prone to health problems and injuries. Check dentition and skin. Of course, a puppy with skin problems should be avoided. The young dog will need more care and patience. A temporary behavior change is frequent, especially during teething, and even acne can emerge during adolescence. General structure and color also change little during growth. The owner should keep in touch with the breeder or other experienced owner to properly take care of this so special canine friend.
 
HEALTH             
The Chinese Crested puppy should display health as any normal haired puppy, besides a clean skin, without irritations. The adult skin is soft to the touch but thicker than other dog’s, and it heals sooner from injuries. The Chinese Crested sweats (as a human) and doesn’t pant (as dogs). 

The Chinese Crested is obviously genetically unique. As for health, the largest problem is teething and skin. Lack of teeth, especially molars and premolars, is very common, as well as several dermatological problems. As for the rest, the breed is exposed to the same common diseases in toy breeds, as Legg-Perthes, kneecap dislocation, glaucoma, retinal detachment, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy and aorta stenosis. This highlights the importance of selecting the breeder and puppy carefully. Care is obviously specific to nude dogs (the Powder-puff requires care similar to any haired dog), and the owner should follow breeder recommendations as for skin care, diet and such. Sunburns are a common problem. Some specimens are allergic to wool and lanoline.

Long haired puppies, as well as nudes, should be kind and open with people, although somewhat more independent than other toy breeds.