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Chinese Crested Breed Information

5 - 12 lbs
9 - 13 inches
Black, Apricot, Chocolate, Cream, Tricolor, Blue
Sweet-Tempered, Lively, Affectionate, Alert, Playful, Happy.

The Chinese Crested is a rare toy breed that has two hair types: hairless and powderpuff, which are varieties that can come up in the same litter. It is believed that the Chinese Crested originated in Africa, where they were called African Hairless Terriers.

The Chinese Crested is a rare toy breed that has two hair types: hairless and powderpuff, which are varieties that can come up in the same litter. It is believed that the Chinese Crested originated in Africa, where they were called African Hairless Terriers. However, there is also evidence that they share origins with the Xoloitzcuintli, also known as the Xolo or the Mexican hairless dog. Their current name, Chinese Crested, comes from their use as ratters on Chinese ships.

The Chinese Crested is now bred for companionship, which is an understatement! You’ll find this dog glued to your hip—even sleeping next to you under the covers. They’re highly sociable dogs and will do well with children. As with most breeds early socialization and training is ideal. This will help ensure a well-rounded canine companion. For training, it is recommended a firm yet excitable hand in training components. Plenty of verbal praise and pets will keep the Chinese Crested yearning for more.

This is a breed that will excel in perimeter training. Given the correct techniques and consistent training sessions they will thoroughly have their mental ability worked. After all they are often referred to as “Houdini hounds” as they’re known escape artists and able to climb and jump even high fences. For a dog that requires very little exercise they are quite agile and athletic. They also have an incredible tolerance for high heat, but do not handle the cold well at all, which is why you often see them in jackets or sweatshirts during colder periods. Overall, this is a breed that is sure to delight in many fashions, including being very humorous with their antics.