Hairless Chinese Crested Personality traits and Temperament
They are lively, charming, and loving companion who make the best indoor pets. They are happy to snuggle up with owners and make good lap dogs. Despite their small size they are active and needs to be exercised, though exercise requirements are minimal. They should always be put on a leash while walking. They enjoy playing in a fenced yard, but constant supervision is needed as they are good climbers and can climb out very easily. They cannot tolerate extreme weather and will need protective clothing especially during winters.
They are good with older children and will adore them and never leave their side. But they’re far too small for rough play and they may not be the best choice for families with toddlers, unless plenty of supervision can be provided. They love other pets especially other crested ones and love to play around with them. They enjoy playing with toys and a good assortment of toys can keep them occupied for long periods.
They are not quiet dogs and can be pretty loud for their size. Some dogs even love to howl and sing. Therefore if there are sensitive neighbours around, these may not be the right dogs for you. They also need constant attention from their owners and should not be left alone for too long. They are dogs with high social needs and be prepared to give them a chunk of your time.
They are not good with strangers and if not properly socialised can snap or growl at them and can even bite. This reaction is more out of fear than aggressiveness.
Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding
These dogs can be solid or spotted and is bald except for soft, flowing hair on the head, feet, and tail. Even though these breeds are bald they require a lot of grooming. They need frequent bathing at least once a week to protect the skin and keep it clean. They should be well towelled or blow dried after a bath. The skin should be kept shaved as this will help protect the skin better.
Do not douse their skin with too much sun screen lotions and moisturizers as these can do more harm than good. They are moderate shedders and the hairs at head ad feet should be brushed to remove loose hairs.
Trim the nails as needed, usually every few weeks. Brush the teeth for good overall health and fresh breath. As you groom, check for acne, rashes, or signs of infection in the nose, mouth, and eyes, and on the feet.
Size and Characteristics
Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $800 – $900
Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 12 – 14 YEARS
Weight: 10-13 pounds
Height: 9-13 inches
Colors: Black, Cream, Blue, Chocolate, Apricot, Tri-color
How to Train this dog
They are not the easiest dogs to train. They have a stubborn streak and trainers need to be very patient. Positive reinforcement is the only way and correction needs to be handled sensitively, because the breed is very timid. They can be extremely difficult to housetrain and crate training is recommended. It’s essential to set up a strict potty schedule. Changes in the routine or upsetting situations can cause these dogs to lapse back into bad habits, so try and avoid sudden and radical changes.
Health Issues and Food
Diet: They love to eat and will try all the tricks in the book to get a treat out of you. If left unchecked they can put on a lot of weight. So measure out their feed and avoid overfeeding at all costs.
Allergies: They are allergy prone and may show reactions to vaccinations, flea powders, dewormers, and even topical agents like moisturizers and sun creams. Skin allergies are common and are manifested as rashes, and swellings.
Health problems: They are genetically disposed to suffer from dental problems which is common to most hairless breeds. They tend to lose teeth early and may have small peg like teeth. Other problems include keratoconjunctivitis sicca, progressive retinal atrophy, hip dysplasis, Legg- Perthes Disease, etc.
Crustie are hybrid dogs that are a mix between a Chinese Crested and a Yorkshire Terrier. They may need socialization training from puppyhood to make them social and friendly with all members of the family. They are eager to please their owners and love to get attention.
Crestepoo is a cross between the Chinese Crested and the Poodle. Crestepoo comes in white and black colors typically. They do not require more grooming because they are low shedding dogs.
Chi-Chi is a cross between the Chihuahua and the Chinese Crested. They are definitely a family dog though they might show a preference to one or two people.
Best female and male dog names
You can name your Hairless Chinese Crested as Lucky or Bubba if he is a male and Sasha or Hope if she is a female.
How to adopt this dog
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Pictures and Videos
Photo Credits: Tommy Gildseth,HTO