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We have many resources that can help you find the right dog for your family.

To see how we can help, visit our Getting a Chinese Crested page.

Whether you have a Hairless or Powderpuff Chinese Crested, the members of the American Chinese Crested Club are eager to help you and your companion get off to a great start!

The Chinese Crested comes in two distinct varieties, the Hairless and the Powderpuff. The Powderpuff is covered in a soft and silky coat and the Hairless has hair on its head or "crest", its feet or "socks" and its tail or "plume". Hairless and Powderpuff puppies are born in the same litter. If both parents are Powderpuffs, all of the puppies will be Powderpuffs but a Hairless Chinese Crested can produce either Hairless or Powderpuff puppies.

The Chinese Crested is a gay and alert dog that enjoys human companionship. They are funny little dogs that like to please their owners. If they find something that amuses you, they are likely to do it again to get your attention. Chinese Cresteds are said to be "cat-like" and enjoy sitting in high places like the back of a couch or the arm of a chair. Their activity level is medium to high but they enjoy quiet times with their family. They can adjust well to apartment living.

Chinese Cresteds learn quickly and can do well in various performance activities such as Agility, Obedience, Fly Ball, Lure Coursing and many other dog sports.

As with all breeds, the Chinese Crested needs early socialization. They should be exposed to many different environments, people and other pets when they are young. You can enroll your puppy in the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® program to get off to a good start. The website link is: www.akc.org/dogowner/training/star/index.cfm

Hairless Chinese Crested's skin may become sunburned. It is good for them to spend time outside on a sunny day but you may need to limit their exposure to the sun by providing shady areas, protective clothing and/or sunscreen. Some dogs are not as sensitive to the sun and others may build up a base tan towards the end of the summer so they do not burn as easily. In general, young puppies that have never been exposed to the sun will burn very quickly. If your dog is sunburned, use an after sun aloe lotion to help soothe the skin. If you are concerned about the severity of the sunburn, take the dog to a veterinarian.

Hairless Chinese Cresteds may get blackheads and acne. Most products that are used to treat and prevent acne in humans can also be used on the Hairless Chinese Crested. Prevention is the key. A weekly bath with a quality shampoo and conditioner, clean clothes and bedding, fresh water, a good diet, fresh air and exercise are essential. Resist the urge to squeeze pimples or blackheads. This can cause infections, scarring and discolor the skin. If the dog has severe breakouts, consult a veterinarian.

Ears on a Chinese Crested puppy are down and may require taping to strengthen and train the ears to stand upright. Improperly taped ears can lead to ear and skin infections. A new owner should not tape a puppy's ears without proper instructions and guidance. The Crested ears must be erect for showing but a pet owner may decide to leave them down.

Puppies should be bathed as needed with a mild, puppy safe shampoo and kept warm and out of drafts until completely dry. Cresteds should be brushed regularly, especially the Powderpuff variety. Brush the Chinese Crested's teeth regularly and provide appropriate chew toys. Have your veterinarian check his teeth yearly. Poorly maintained teeth may lead to other health problems.

Clean ears with a cotton ball and mild ear cleaner made for dogs. If the inside of the ear is red, irritated, has a foul odor or a dark brown residue, have your dog checked by a veterinarian. Trim your Crested's nails regularly. If you do not feel comfortable with thisproceedure, have your veterinarian or a groomer do it. Untrimmed nails can create splayed feet and make walking uncomfortable for your pet. Grooming your Chinese Crested for AKC Conformation shows is minimal-consisting of presenting a clean and neat appearance. Hair on the face and ears is permitted or may be trimmed (including shaving) in both varieties.

Regardless of what type of activities you choose, your Chinese Crested will be happy to simply be with you. If you are interested in participating in dog sports, the American Kennel Club provides a variety of events for owners and their dogs to participate in.

Conformation shows can be a fun family activity with regular classes open to all as well as Junior Showmanship for the kids. Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is an award given to dogs who demonstrate basic manners and social skills and is a natural progression for graduates of the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® program. With continued training an interested owner of a Chinese Crested can also participate in many performance events such as Agility, Obedience, Rally, Tracking and Lure Coursing. Visit the AKC website for more information about nearby clubs offering training at: www.akc.org

Chinese Cresteds are generally healthy dogs with an average life expectancy of 15 years or more. Responsible breeders strive to eliminate genetic health diseases from their breeding program through testing and selective breeding. The following tests are recommended for Chinese Cresteds that are being used for breeding:

  • Patellar Luxation is a misalignment of the knee joint that can cause the dog to limp or hop when running. It can be painful for the dog and may require surgery. This condition can be caused by an injury or may be inherited from the dog's parents.
  • An eye exam performed by a board certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist should be done every year. This is typically called a "CERF" exam because the results are submitted to the Canine Eye Registration Foundation.
  • The Chinese Crested should be tested for signs of Congenital Heart Disease.
  • Chinese Cresteds should be tested for the genetic marker that causes Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA) and Primary Lens Luxation (PLL). These are inherited eye diseases that can cause a dog to lose his vision.

For more information about what these tests mean and why you want to make sure your dog is not a carrier of these health markers, contact your breeder or the Chinese Crested Club's Health & Genetics Committee Chair: Bev Ferris (dokkumcc@aol.com)

Along with proper feeding and care of your companion, if you are not going to show your dog in Conformation it should be spayed or neutered. AKC allows the exhibiting of spayed/neutered dogs in all of its Companion Events.

If you find that you can no longer keep your Chinese Crested for any reason, contact the breeder you obtained your dog from to ask for their assistance.

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