The Chinese Crested ‘Hairless’ Dog Breed 

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One of the most distinct and sweet toy dogs, the Chinese crested is known for its hairless body and big, wavy hairdo. But you may not know that this stylish breed is also known for its both affectionate and playful personality. But what is caring for a Chinese Crested dog like? Do they bark a lot? How do you care for hairless breeds? These questions and more will be answered in the following guide.

Do Chinese Crested Dogs Bark a Lot?

Yes, they do. Chinese cresteds have two types of barks: a distinctive howl that signifies they’re playing or having fun, and a sharper bark that signifies there may be danger nearby. The latter is often triggered by unknown or unexpected sounds and movements. Therefore, despite its size, the Chinese crested dog’s temperament ensures that she will always keep you alert to potential dangers. This breed creates a very close bond with its people. A very social breed, it prefers to stay either on the lap or close by to its owner while staying very aware of surroundings.

While early socialization during puppy training will eliminate any biting toward strangers, they will meet any unknown actions or factors with suspicion, barking in order to alert their owners to the potential danger. There are training methods used in order to stop the Chinese crested’s natural tendency to bark at strangers. Read our guide to dog barking guide to learn more!

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Chinese cresteds are ‘Velcro’ dogs

Because of their social nature, Chinese cresteds made our list of ‘Velcro’ dogs. They tend to follow their owners around and struggle with being alone for long periods of time. Any anxiety can lead to behavioral issues in the breed, and should be mitigated as soon as possible. Check out this guide about separation anxiety in dogs.

Facts About Chinese Crested Dogs 

black and white chinese crested or mix

Despite their name, there isn’t any proof that the Chinese Crested breed originated from China. It’s believed to have evolved from the African hairless, a smaller dog that was traded between South America, Central America and Africa. It’s unknown exactly where these dogs came from, but their popularity throughout the U.S. in the past century can’t be denied. Hairless dogs don’t shed much, if at all, which reduces allergens.

  • Size: 1 – 12 pounds and 9 – 13 inches tall
  • Life expectancy: 13-18 years
  • Coat: Comes in two variants, a hairless variation that requires skin treatment and the powderpuff variant that needs to be brushed daily.
  • AKC group: Toy Group

Are Chinese Cresteds Easy to Train?

The natural tendency of the Chinese crested to stay at the side of their owner makes training them much easier. However, their training must be balanced with being gentle and patient. The Chinese crested is a sensitive breed and using harsh words or negative reinforcement will hurt your relationship with the dog, leading them to be closed off to training. Therefore, treat your Chinese crested with love and respect, taking care to reward good behavior. Early socialization is needed in order to reduce nipping and biting, as well as excessive barking.

Do Chinese crested dogs make good pets? 

Being pack animals that are attached to their owners, Chinese cresteds make good lap dogs for smaller households. If you live in a smaller home or a city, and you don’t have a particularly active lifestyle, the Chinese crested would be a great fit! Keep in mind that this breed is sweet but can be easily overwhelmed by other dogs and young children.

Is this Chinese crested a good watch dog or guard dog?

While the Chinese Crested doesn’t have a particularly fearsome appearance, it does make an excellent watchdog, as it is easily alerted by any foreign motions or noises. Keep in mind our guide on training your dog to differentiate between strangers and visitors.

Do Chinese Crested Need Grooming?

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While a hairless Chinese crested may seem maintenance free, their care is actually more skin based than hair based. In order to keep their skin healthy, they need to be bathed frequently to reduce blackheads and other conditions caused by dirt buildup. Their exposed skin also can sunburn, so don’t keep your Chinese crested outside for too long. They also naturally grow hair on their heads, which will need to be trimmed, brushed, and washed as you would any other dog.

All dogs’ nails need to be regularly trimmed, and you may find a nail grinder to be preferable for the Chinese cresteds darker nails, to avoid cutting the quick.

Are Chinese crested dogs hypoallergenic?

Yes, because this dog breed does not have a lot of hair, it is considered to be low in allergens.

Chinese Crested Mixes

The Chinese cresteds’ unique look and sweet personality can be combined with other smaller breeds to produce a unique pup unlike any other!

Here are some popular Chinese crested breed mixes:

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