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Chinese Crested

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #772015: #752014: #65
Name Chinese Crested
Other names Crested, Puff
Origin China
Breed Group Toy (AKC:1991)Companion Breeds (UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years
Temperament AffectionateAlertHappyLivelyPlayfulSweet-Tempered
Height 10-13 inches (25-33 cm)
Weight 7-9 pounds (3.2-5.4 kg)
Colors ApricotBlackBlueChocolateCreamPalominoSlateWhite
Litter Size 2-5 puppies
Puppy Price Average $800 - $1000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 3 stars
Apartment Friendly 5 starsGood for apartment life. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard. They should wear a sweater in cold weather.
Barking Tendencies 2 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 4 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 2 starsThe exercise needs of the Chinese Crested are uncomplicated. It prefers a daily walk, but can usually have its needs met by indoor play.
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 3 starsGains weight easily; do not overfeed. Exposed skin on the hairless dogs needs special care to prevent skin irritations. The hairless dogs do get sunburn and a good sunscreen should be used if the dog is going to be out in the sun. The hairless variety is prone to tooth loss and decay. Hypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: #61. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 1 starsMinimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly 4 stars
Trainability 4 starsEasy Training: The Chinese Crested's intelligence makes it easy to train, but it is sensitive and requires a gentle approach. The Chinese Crested can learn a wide variety of tricks.
Watchdog Ability 2 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Buddy Bella
02 Charlie Daisy
03 Jack Sophie
04 Oliver Lily
05 Duke Stella
06 Henry Chloe
07 Teddy Roxy
08 Bear Zoey
09 Sam Nala
10 Milo Ruby
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The Chinese crested is fine-boned and slender, among the most elegant and graceful of breeds. It is slightly longer than tall. Its gait is lively and agile. It has an alert, intense expression. In the hairless variety, soft silky hair is found only on the head (crest), tail (plume), and feet and lower legs. The skin of the hairless areas is smooth and soft. In the powder-puff variety, the entire dog is covered with a soft silky coat of moderate density and length.

The Chinese crested is a combination of playful pixie, gentle lap dog and sensitive companion. It is devoted to its family and willing to please; it is also good with other dogs, pets and strangers. Its demeanor should be gay and alert.

The Chinese Crested originated in Africa where they were called "African Hairless Terriers." Chinese trading ships stopped along the shores of Africa on their routes and brought the dogs onboard their ships to hunt vermin. They renamed the dogs "Chinese Crested" and the name stuck. Ancient wandering Native American tribes (Aztecs) kept them as bed warmers and also ate them. Two Chinese Cresteds were first exhibited in 1885 at the Westminster Kennel Club Show in New York. However in 1965, due to the lack of a national club to support the breed and the dogs’ very small numbers, the AKC dropped their eligibility to be shown. The first American breed club was established in 1979 and they were recognized by the AKC in 1991. The stripper Gypsy Rose Lee used to breed Chinese Crested. The Chinese Crested is often shown in rare breed dog shows.
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