Chinese Crested Dog
A toy dog, fine-boned, elegant and graceful. The distinct varieties are born in the same litter. The Hairless with hair only on the head, tail and feet and the Powderpuff, completely covered with hair. The breed serves as a loving companion, playful and entertaining.
Responsible breeders strive to eliminate genetic health diseases from their breeding program through testing and selective breeding. The following tests are recommended for Chinese Cresteds that are being used for breeding: Patellar Luxation, an eye exam performed by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, congenital heart disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA) and Primary Lens Luxation (PLL). These are inherited eye diseases that can cause a dog to lose his vision. Hairless Chinese Crested’s skin may become sunburned. It is good for them to spend time outside on a sunny day but you may need to limit their exposure to the sun by providing shady areas, protective clothing and/or
In general, young puppies that have never been exposed to the sun will burn very quickly. If your dog is sunburned, use an after sun aloe lotion to help soothe the skin. If you are concerned about the severity of the sunburn, take the dog to a veterinarian. Hairless Chinese Cresteds may get blackheads and acne. Most products that are used to treat and prevent acne in humans can also be used on the Hairless Chinese Crested. Prevention is the key. Resist the urge to squeeze pimples or blackheads. This can cause infections, scarring and discolor the skin. If the dog has severe breakouts, consult a veterinarian.
They’re as fun as they look: playful, loving, and totally devoted to their humans. The hairless has its advantages: there’s no doggy odor, their soft warm skin makes them great bed warmers on chilly nights and, for obvious reasons, shedding isn’t much of a problem. Both the hairless and powderpuff are ideal companions around the house, totally in tune with their family. Alert and curious Cresteds might corner the occasional bug or mouse, a throwback to their former job as a seagoing exterminator.