Chinese Crested Dog

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The Chinese Crested is said to be almost cat-like in it's behavior and doesn't require much exercise.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 0ft 11in - 1ft 1in
Weight: 5-12lbs
Lifespan: 13 - 15 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly4/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty1/5
  • Shedding Amount1/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone1/5
  • Exercise Need2/5


  • Cold Tolerance1/5
  • Heat Tolerance3/5
  • Apartment-Friendly5/5

Chinese Crested Dog Information

This unique-looking dog has a fascinating history. Historians believe this breed evolved from the African hairless dogs, traded by sailors and merchants, and eventually made their way to China. The Chinese preferred smaller dogs, so they bred the African hairless to a smaller size, thus resulting in the Chinese Crested Dog.

Lively and affectionate, the Chinese Crested Dog adores human companionship and is said to be “cat-like,” sitting in high places, on the back of a chair, etc. They don’t require much exercise – just a playful romp each day. A quick learner, he does exceptionally well in performance activities like agility, obedience, and flyball.

Regarding the distinguishing characteristic – the hair, or the lack thereof. The Crested comes in two varieties: hairless and Powderpuff (with hair). The Powderpuff can have its full coat or be clipped for easy maintenance. If you pick the hairless variety, limit its sun exposure.


The Chinese Crested has Chinese in the name but isn’t likely from China. Instead, it’s more likely because it was used for catching rats aboard Chinese ships.

The breed is believed to have originated in Africa as the African Hairless Terrier. There is also a genetic connection to the Xoloitzcuintli. Ships brought the dog around the world, where sailors traded them.

Chinese Crested Training & Temperament

The Chinese Crested is a friendly breed that enjoys time with its owner. They can be trained for sporting and agility. Training requires some patience and persistence. This breed also does well as a therapy dog.

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This breed only needs a small amount of exercise daily. This can be done with short walks or some ball or agility play sessions.

Chinese Crested Grooming

There are two variations of the Chinese Crested, one is hairless, and the other with hair is called a Powderpuff. The hairless version needs sunscreen if it’s outside for more extended periods. They also can need some skin lotions to keep them in good condition. The Powderpuff needs daily brushing to prevent matting.

Chinese Crested Health

This breed can occasionally have eye problems that a good breeder will screen for.


All dogs have their own personality and unique training, causing them to differ slightly from these breed stats. However, please let us know if we made an error in the stats, we appreciate your help!

Breed FAQs

Can Chinese Crested Dogs be apartment dogs?

The Chinese Crested Dog is an excellent apartment dog. They don't need as much space for activity and will be happy in a condo or apartment.

Can Chinese Crested Dogs be left alone?

Chinese Crested Dogs are extremely social and need lots of interaction with their owners. They don't like being left alone and will likely become destructive or anxious if left for long periods.

Are Chinese Crested Dogs good with kids?

Chinese Crested Dogs can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Chinese Crested Dogs friendly with strangers?

Typically, Chinese Crested Dogs are friendly with strangers. They tend to be open and willing to trust those they don't know.

Do Chinese Crested Dogs get along with other dogs?

Although Chinese Crested Dogs will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Chinese Crested Dogs bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Chinese Crested Dogs bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Chinese Crested Dogs shed a lot?

The Chinese Crested Dog rarely, or never, sheds. They're excellent for someone who doesn't want to clean up much dog hair.

Do Chinese Crested Dogs need a lot of grooming?

With a Chinese Crested Dog you won't need to dedicate any extra time to special grooming. Their coats are easy to deal with.

Do Chinese Crested Dogs need a lot of exercise?

Chinese Crested Dogs don't need a ton of exercise. You'll just need to provide some basic activity to keep them healthy.

Are Chinese Crested Dogs easy to train?

Typically, Chinese Crested Dogs are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Chinese Crested Dogs handle cold weather?

Expect Chinese Crested Dogs to not do well with the cold. If you live in a cold climate you'll need to take special consideration for this breed.

Can Chinese Crested Dogs handle hot weather?

Although Chinese Crested Dogs can tolerate hot conditions, be careful not to expose them for too long.

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