Chinese Crested

KC Pedigree, Small

Doesn't moult much

Good for first time owners

Developed from the Mexican Hairless Dog, a larger Chinese Crested was used in the Han Dynasty for hunting before being miniaturised. This breed has two distinct types: the Hairless (which has a hairy crest, socks and tail tip), and the Powder Puff (which has a long coat all over).

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

Keen knitters! The Hairless needs to wear jumpers in colder weather, so get your needles out. In warm weather, suncream and sun avoidance will protect the exposed skin.

Not the best for ...

Not many people – these are elegant, fun, loving, intelligent dogs that are happy with as little or as much exercise as you can give, can take part in many dog sports, can live in the city or countryside, are a convenient size for all cars and homes, and come in two coat types. That ticks a lot of boxes!

Aliases

Crested, Powder Puff

Cross between

None

Origin

China

Size

Small
Small - but bigger than most cats

Exercise Needs

Low (Under 30 minutes)
A walk and a good sniff can be like reading a novel while doing a marathon for a little dog.

Coat

variable (bald, long)

Shedding

Doesn't moult much
But all dogs shed dander so if you're allergic, make sure you'll be ok

Life expectancy

10 years

Good first dog?

Yes

Trustpilot

Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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