The Chinese Crested is an alert dog that enjoys human companionship. They are funny little dogs that like to please their owners, and upon finding something that amuses you, are likely to do it again to get your attention. Chinese Cresteds are said to be “cat-like” and enjoy sitting in high places, the back of a couch or the arm of a chair. Their activity level is medium to high but they enjoy quiet times with their family and adjust well to apartment living.
Illustration courtesy of the Swedish Kennel Club
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Unlike most dogs the Chinese Crested have sweat glands and can cool off without panting.
The Chinese Crested is believed to have evolved from the African hairless dogs. These dogs were traded among merchants and sailors thereby making their way to ancient port cities around the world.
They come in two types, the hairless and the powderpuff. The Hairless will require a little attention to make sure it is not sun-burned or exposed to the cold. The Powderpuff can be kept in full coat with a little brushing every day or clipped for an easy care companion. Both varieties are loyal and entertaining.
They do not require much exercise beyond a playful romp every day. But because they love to be with their owners, they excel at such dog sports as agility, obedience and dog shows. In lure coursing they are very enthusiastic and competitive. They are also alert and playful companions and do well in families with gentle children. When training your Crested remember that gentle patience is necessary for this tenderhearted pet.
Chinese Cresteds on Embark
Explore some Embark dogs that share Chinese Crested ancestry.