Chinese crested dogs are small, hairless canines with a crest (head), tail, and feet. Their coat can be either spotted or blotched; however, there is also the powderpuff version which has a full coat.

They are a loyal breed that makes excellent companions, emotional therapy dogs, and cuddly lapdogs for both kids and adults. While they can be obedient, they also tend to be stubborn; therefore, constant training is necessary in order to prevent bad habits from developing.

Like all dogs, the Chinese crested requires regular exercise to stay fit and healthy. They should have plenty of opportunities for running, playing, swimming, and exploring their environment; however, they should never be left outside in extreme temperatures without adequate shelter.

Though they are hardy dogs that can live up to 15 years, they are susceptible to eye issues like progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and glaucoma that may require medication or surgery if caught early. Furthermore, luxating patellas (where the kneecap slips out of place) and Legg-Perthes disease should also be taken into consideration when managing these ailments.

Their intelligence and high social drive make them ideal family pets, but unless well-trained they may become aloof and reactive. Their highly sensitive mouths often bite when uncomfortable, so it is essential to start training them from puppyhood on how to behave around people and objects.

Due to their delicate nature, Chinese Cresteds are particularly prone to allergies and skin disorders. To keep their coat in top condition, owners should provide special dog food that caters specifically to allergies and follow a regular grooming schedule. If needed, allergy medication may also be beneficial.

Spaying or neutering Chinese Cresteds reduces the likelihood of reproductive health issues later in life and ensures their puppies are tested for genetic diseases as well. As a responsible pet parent, supporting breeders who provide good health testing is an essential step in protecting your Chinese Crested’s long-term well-being.

These intelligent dogs are eager to learn, but you should be mindful not to overtrain them, as this could lead to anxiety or excessive behavior. Furthermore, be patient and kind with them throughout the process.

Training Chinese Cresteds can be successful when using positive, reward-based methods. Rewards such as praise treats, and toys can be used to motivate them to learn new behaviors.

Due to their sensitive and reactive nature, horses can be easily injured by harsh training methods or aggressive behavior such as raising your voice or yelling. You should also keep an eye out for signs of aggression like growling or biting.

These energetic dogs tend to be energetic and playful, but they’re too small for rough play and should be taught not to do so by their owners. Because they may become destructive when bored, a fenced yard is recommended to prevent accidents from arising.

The Chinese crested is slender and graceful, boasting a fine, silky coat in various colors. While hairless varieties are popular, there are other color variations available in this unique-looking breed.