Chinese Crested

Growth Size

The Chinese Crested grows to a height of 23 – 33cm, and a weight of 2 – 5kg.

Lifespan

13 – 15 years.

Temperament

A confident, graceful, and alert dog, the Chinese Crested can sometimes be aloof with strangers. It is a strong-willed, yet not aggressive dog. Also proven to get along well with other pets, including cats, and even horses.

Training Difficulty

The intelligence of this breed makes them very easy to train. They can excel at obedience training and learn many different tricks. Although, they can sometimes be a challenge to house-train. Males who are not de-sexed are especially prone to marking their territory where they shouldn't.

Recommended Owners

Ideal for any home environment. Chinese Crested dogs will fit in and adapt to many different lifestyles. They prefer to be with their owner as much as possible, and will be equally happy out for a jog in the park, or curled up on the couch in front of the TV.

Origin

Hairless breeds originated in both Central America and Africa, but it was Chinese traders who developed the breed into what it is today. Even more impressive is that they did this while sailing the seas! The breed spread to other countries as it was used by the traders as bargaining chips.

Diet

This breed has a sensitive digestive system and kidneys, so make sure to find a food that is low in carbohydrates, with no fillers such as corn. One to two cups of food a day for adult dogs, spread across two meals.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

Due to being predominantly hairless, the Chinese Crested doesn't require a lot done to its hair. This breed doesn't shed, but the occasional brush keeps its fur in good condition. However, since most of this dog's body isn't protected by hair, its skin needs special attention. It will need to be protected from the sun with sunscreen. A Chinese Crested's skin can also be prone to acne, so regular bathing is required.

Comments

The Chinese Crested has the unusual ability to curl its feet in a way that allows it to grip some objects! It is also an excellent climber and can scale backyard fences to freedom, so make sure they are kept in a secure, escape-proof environment.