The Chinese Crested Dog is a small dog, (8-12 lbs) known for its unusual appearance
and entertaining personality. It is a member of the toy dog group. Two types can
be born in the same litter: the Hairless and the Powderpuff.
At first glance, the "Hairless" and "Powderpuff" varieties of Chinese Crested Dogs
appear to be two different breeds, but hairlessness is a dominant trait within a
single breed. The Hairless has soft, humanlike skin, as well as tufts of fur on its
paws ("socks") and tail ("plume") and long, flowing hair on its head ("crest").
The Hairless variety can vary in amount of body hair. Fur on the muzzle, known as
a beard, is not uncommon. A true Hairless often does not have as much furnishings
(hair on the head, tail, and paws). The difference between a very hairy Hairless
and a Powderpuff is that the Hairless has single coat, often with hairless parts
on the body, while the Powderpuff has a thick double coat. The skin of the Hairless
comes in a variety of colors, ranging from a pale flesh to black. Hairless cresteds
often lack a full set of teeth, but this is not considered a fault.
The look of the Powderpuff varies according to how it is groomed. When its fur is
completely grown out on its face, it strongly resembles a terrier; however, the Powderpuff
is usually shaved around the snout as a standard cut. Its fur is incredibly soft.
Due to its coat type, both Powderpuff and Hairless are considered good pets for allergy
Chinese Cresteds tend to be affectionate, energetic and playful. They are considered
great family pets, with endearing personalities. Children must be taught not to
be rough with this breed as it is friendly, but can get injured easily. They are
generally happy lap-dogs with merry personalities.They are great apartment dogs as
they require little more than a brisk walk around the block to fulfill their exercise
needs, although they are quite willing to participate in longer hikes if their owner
is so disposed.
Puppies should be well-socialized and exposed to loud noises when young to avoid
potential timidity. If owners do not baby them, these dogs can grow up to be very
well-adjusted. They enjoy performing tricks and generally do well in both obedience
and agility. They also tend to get along well with other pets. They are not barkers.
They tend to become very attached to their owners and sometimes have difficulty adjusting
to a new one. Chinese Crested Dogs crave constant attention and generally want to
be with their owners at all times. These “velcro” dogs will not do well in a kennel
Grooming of the Crested is work for both varieties. The Puffs have a very soft and
fine double-coat that requires frequent brushing to avoid matting. Although a Puff's
coat does not continuously grow like that of some other breeds, it can be quite long
at full length and some owners choose to put their Puffs into a "pony cut." This
lower-maintenance option keeps the body hair and facial hair short, leaving the crest,
feathers, and tail plume at full length.
Maintenance of the Hairless variety's skin is similar to maintaining human skin -
and as such it can be susceptible to acne, dryness, and sunburn. A Hairless should
be bathed at least once per week to avoid acne and other skin conditions(some dogs
shower with their owners every day). Hypoallergenic or oil-free moisturizing cream
can keep the skin from becoming too dry when applied every other day or after bathing.
Burning can occur in regions that lend themselves to strong UV-rays, especially in
lighter-skinned dogs. Many owners apply baby sunscreen to their pets before spending
time in strong sun. Some Cresteds have skin allergies to Lanolin, so be cautious
when using any products that contain it.
The crested is not affected by many of the congenital diseases found in Toy Breeds.
They are, however, prone to some of the conditions below.
Cresteds have what is called a "primitive mouth." This means that most of their teeth
are pointy like their canines. Hairless varieties of the Cresteds can be prone to
poor dentition. Poor dentition may include missing or crowded teeth and teeth prone
to decay when not properly cared for. Most dogs of the Puff variety have few, if
any, dental defects.
Eyes are a concern within the breed, having at least two forms of progressive retinal
atrophy (PRA) which can eventually lead to blindness. For one of these forms of PRA,
there exists a genetic test, prcd-PRA. Since this test can only reveal the existence
of affected or carrier status of this one form of PRA, breeders and owners of the
breed should still have regular eye exams by veterinary ophthalmologists.
As with all other Toy Breeds, the Cresteds can be prone to patellar luxation. This
inheritable condition is caused by shallow knee joints (stifles) and results in kneecaps
that pop out of place. Its onset is often at a young age, and can cause temporary
to permanent lameness based on the severity. Breeders should have their stock certified
free of patellar luxation. Many countries' kennel clubs maintain a centralised registry
for health results.
The lifespan of a Chinese Crested Dog can be quite impressive. Many well-cared-for
Cresteds live to see 15 years or more.
The Chinese Crested is thought to have originated in Africa It is commonly believed
that Chinese trading ships stopped along Africa on their routes, and it was there
that they picked up these dogs because they were excellent ratters aboard their ships.
Examples of these dogs eventually made their way to Europe in the 1800s, where they
were displayed as curiosities.
The Hairless allele (the wild type) is a dominant trait, while the Powderpuff allele
acts as a simple recessive trait in its presence. Embryos that receive two copies
of the Hairless allele will never develop into puppies. Thus all Chinese Cresteds
carry at least one copy of the Powderpuff allele.
The Powderpuff trait cannot be bred out because it is carried by all Chinese Cresteds
(even the hairless ones). All Hairless Chinese Crested have the ability to produce
Powderpuff puppies, even when they are bred to another Hairless.
It is believed in some breeder circles that it is necessary to include Puff to Hairless
breedings in order to reduce the number of health problems (most notably deafness
and poor dentition) that can occur from repeated Hairless to Hairless pairings down
I chose it for my kennel name because I feel very lucky to have discovered this wonderful
I did lots of research when I decided that it was time for me to downsize my dogs
from Dobermans to something more manageable in a suburban condominium in London,
Ontario, Canada. I wanted a dog that was small, smart and not yappy. The Chinese
Crested seemed to fit all my requirements, and in addition, these dogs, in the powder
puff version, do not shed.
We whelped alitter on September 23, 2009 from Maya, who was bred to Champion Whispering
Lane See Me Boogie. The litter was so successful that this breeding was repeated.
On May 8, 2011, a beautiful litterof four puppies was born: three powderpuffs and
one hairless. There is one powderpuff female puppy available to a show / performance
/ pet home.
Our dogs are all completely health tested. They are Optigen clear by default. They
are Baered for deafness, and cerfed each year for inheritable eye disease. Their
patellas are sound and they are cleared for brucillosis before being bred.
If you think that you might be interested in a Mazel Tov puppy, please be in touch
by email and we will be happy to send you a puppy application.
If we have nothing available, we will try to link you to another reputable Chinese
Enjoy the pictures of my two wonderful females, Ch. Crestars High Above (Nazca) and
Ch. Altair’s National Velvet (Maya).
Many thanks to Dawn Lisabeth of www.clickingwithk9s .com for her support and superlative
handling skills with both Nazca and Maya.
If you are interested in more information about Mazel Tov puppies, please contact
Sharon Richman at the email below (for security reasons, you cannot click on this
address, but will have to type it yourself into your email):
All dressed up and nowhere to go
Maya, Hildy and Nazca racing along the fence in the dog park