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 Things to consider before getting a Chinese Crested 

Things to consider

If you are thinking of a Chinese Crested as your dog of choice, there are a number of things to consider before you make the final decision.

First, the crested many not be the breed for everyone, as they do expect a lot of personal attention.

The Crested is prone to more frequent skin irritations, allergies and sunburn than a coated dog would experience, and its owner should always take precautions to prevent this. Although no dog is truly ‘hypoallergenic,’ Cresteds shed little to no hair and are on AKC’s list of breeds recommended for those with allergies. They are also alert and playful companions and do well in families with gentle children.


Although it is tempting to carry these dainty creatures about they are active little dogs. Even though play will take care of a lot of their exercise needs,   daily walks are encouraged. They will also enjoy a good romp in a safe open area off lead, such as a large fenced in yard. It is incorrect to think that just because the Chinese Crested is a small breed that they should be confined to small spaces.

What are the advantages to owning a Chinese Crested?

  • Because they are funny (even teens finds them funny)
  • Because they are really different and I like the originality
  • Because they are hypoallergenic and they bark little
  • They do not lose their hair
  • They are graceful and elegant
  • They are small and discreet enough in the house
  • Because this dog has no malice. It is absolutely not the dominant
  • And is excellent with gentle children and other animals

All that being said the Chinese Crested can be a terrific companion if you are prepared to respect their nature, which is very playfyl and they love to frolic outside. The hairless variety tends to be more exuberant than the Powder Puffs. At home, they love their cozy comfort but are still quite resilient little creatures, though they are not particularly accustomed to the cold temperatures. They do not tend to be skittish and they are not barkers, making them a choice dog that can live in apartments (and can even be brought on camping trips) without disturbing the tranquility of the neighbourhood.

For those who love originality and uniqueness
this affectionate, sociable and remarkable dog, is unquestionably the one!

If I might add another suggestion, take the time to go to a dog show near you and meet with breeders and their dogs to get a better understanding and appreciation for the breed before you invest time, money and energy into the purchase of a puppy. Enjoy!



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