Chinese crested dog

Other names: Chinese Hairless Dog, Chinese Crested Dog, Powder-Puff

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Hypoallergenic breed Hypoallergenic breed

Hair type Short
Origin China
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 3 kg to 4 kg From 28 cm to 33 cm
Male From 3 kg to 4 kg From 28 cm to 33 cm
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History of the breed

Originally from China, as its name suggests, the Chinese Crested Dog is said to be the descendant of very ancient breeds, dating from the Han dynasty, which nevertheless represents a period of 4 centuries (from 206 BC. J.-C. . to AD 220). Some of these dogs were used to protect the precious possessions of their owners , while others were specialized in hunting pests, especially on boats.

Chinese Crested Dog   was first exhibited in the United States at the end of the 19th century after settling in Mexico ((it is said to be the ancestor of the Mexican dog by the way). Subsequently, it has had some success thereafter, before falling somewhat into disuse around the second half of the 20th century.The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale on July 17, 1972.

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Physical features

Its hair: practically non-existent in the naked variety (except on the head, the lower legs and the tail), present in the downy variety (Powder-Puff), but always without large hairy areas. The crest is a characteristic sign of the breed: it can be modest or long and floating.
Its color: all mixtures, tones and shades are accepted.
Its head: well proportioned, smooth, displaying a graceful and alert aspect. The skull is slightly rounded, the stop is moderately marked.
His ears: large, erect and set low.
His eyes: almond-shaped, medium in size, dark to black in color, with very little or no visible white.
His body: rather long, characterized by a certain flexibility. The back is straight, the kidney strong, the rump rounded and strong, the chest wide and deep, the belly slightly raised.
Its tail: long, thin, straight, set high, drooping at rest, carried high in action. With fringes, except on its upper third.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Chinese Crested Dog is an active, gentle dog , full of joie de vivre and never aggressive. He is certainly not really good at babysitting, but he is an excellent companion, especially for children. Affectionate and more or less docile, the Chinese Crested Dog   is extremely attached to his master.

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The education of the Chinese Crested Dog should be both firm and gentle . Educated and socialized sufficiently early, it becomes a very good companion dog for any type of owner. He can quickly become a disruptive element if he does not receive a good education.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Chinese Crested Dog is the pleasure and indoor dog par excellence. Due to his endearing character , his small size and his vulnerability to external aggressions, he must live inside the home and adapt perfectly to living in an apartment. But being able to enjoy the freedom of a fenced garden suits him just as well.


Ease of gaining weight

Due to its very fine coat, even nonexistent, the Chinese Crested Dog does not tolerate cold and humidity , but also solar attacks. He nevertheless enjoys a fairly good life expectancy. Note that the breed is predisposed to certain diseases mainly of a dermatological nature : allergic or atopic dermatitis, solar dermatitis and sunburn.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 4 puppies

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends dog insurance for Chinese Crested Dog .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 13 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Chinese Crested Dog is, on average, between 13 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Chinese Crested Dog is easy to care for , but this work must be done on a regular and careful basis, because the dog is particularly vulnerable to external aggressions.

It is recommended to clean and moisturize the dog’s skin regularly, especially in summer. In hairy subjects, it is advisable to carry out occasional waxing and scrubs. For their part, Chinese Crested Dogs   of the Power-Puff variety are to be brushed daily and their neckline is shaved in V.

Price and budget

Purchase price

700 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Chinese Crested Dog is between 700 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Chinese Crested Dog is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

He has moderate needs in terms of sports activity. A good and long daily walk is enough for him, but it should never be deprived of it. He especially seeks proximity to his master, especially through play.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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Group 9: Companion and Toy Dogs

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