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Chinese Crested

Origin China
GroupCompanion Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Chinese Crested have? The breed also known as...
Chinese Crested, Crested, Puff
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Chinese Crested puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Chinese Crested, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Chinese Crested gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

What is the Chinese Crested's size? How big is this dog?
How much does the Chinese Crested weigh?
7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
8 pounds (4 kg)
How tall is the Chinese Crested?
10-13 inches (21-33 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
11.5 inches (29 cm)

Hair & Care

What type of coat does the Chinese Crested have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the Chinese Crested's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
ApricotBlackBlue ChocolateCreamPalominoSlateWhite
How to groom the Chinese Crested and how often?
Average: The Chinese Crested requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Chinese Crested, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Chinese Cresteds shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Chinese Cresteds shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Chinese Cresteds could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.


What kind of personality does the Chinese Crested have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Chinese Crested?
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one. Keep in mind that if you want to teach them any tricks, they understand and memorize new commands in 40-80 repetitions. Chinese Crested obey for the first command 30% of the time or better. So if you want to have a smart dog, you might have to reconsider your choice with this breed.
Are Chinese Cresteds easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Chinese Cresteds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful dog breed is this dog?
Chinese Cresteds, like any other average dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
Chinese Cresteds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle light punishments very well. They don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Chinese Cresteds are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed doesn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Chinese Cresteds need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Chinese Cresteds bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low to Average: The Chinese Crested rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Chinese Cresteds good watchdogs?
Chinese Cresteds are not the best watchdogs. They aren't very territorial and protective about their property, so they probably won't alert you if they sense something different.
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Chinese Cresteds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective to their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
The Chinese Crested has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Chinese Crested do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Chinese Cresteds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Chinese Cresteds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Chinese Crested to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Chinese Cresteds are not the biggest explorers. They have low wanderlust potential. Low chance for escaping from home with this breed.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Chinese Cresteds have low to average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Are Chinese Cresteds good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Chinese Cresteds are very apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walk outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Chinese Cresteds adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Chinese Cresteds are stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Chinese Cresteds kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Chinese Cresteds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Chinese Cresteds get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Chinese Cresteds are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Chinese Cresteds get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Chinese Cresteds are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Chinese Cresteds have health problems?
Chinese Cresteds are healthy dogs, but there are some health issues you may have to check on regularly at the vet.
Life Expectancy
How long do Chinese Cresteds live? What is this dog average life span?
12-14 years
Is the Chinese Crested breed hypoallergenic?
Chinese Cresteds do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Chinese Crested have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Chinese Cresteds have a lower energy level than other dogs. If you live a chilled life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Chinese Cresteds require per day?
Chinese Cresteds don't need too much exercise. A few daily walks should be enough for them.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Chinese Cresteds like sleeping so they do sleep a lot. They're not the most active dog breed. If you live an active life, this breed can be a bad choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Chinese Crested need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Chinese Crested has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Chinese Crested's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Prefers average to warm weather conditions
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Chinese Crested has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Chinese Crested is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Chinese Crested could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Chinese Crested. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.


Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Chinese Crested: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Chinese Crested have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Chinese Crested have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-5 puppies


  • Hypoallergenic: Chinese Cresteds do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Shedding Level: Chinese Cresteds shed none to minimal.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Drooling tendency: The Chinese Crested is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Barking: Low to Average: The Chinese Crested rarely barks.
  • Trainability: Chinese Cresteds are easy to train.
  • Apartment Friendly: Chinese Cresteds are very apartment-friendly dogs.


  • Intelligent Rank: Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
  • Watchdog Ability: Chinese Cresteds are not the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Chinese Cresteds have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.

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