Coated needs regular brushing. Hairless needs sun screen in the summer, and body lotion to help keep skin soft.
The Crested is prone to more frequent skin irritations, allergies and sunburn than a coated dog would experience, and its owner should always take precautions to prevent this. Although no dog is truly ‘hypoallergenic,’ Cresteds shed little to no hair and are on AKC’s list of breeds recommended for those with allergies. They are also alert and playful companions and do well in families with gentle children.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Chinese Crested is a small breed and has a lifespan of 15 to 17 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The Powderpuff needs to be brushed daily to remain clean and pleasant to pet. The coat on the Powderpuff is different from most hairy breeds - the undercoat is shorter and the outer coat is a veil overlay. The result is a dog who is much easier to brush than most coated breeds. The Crested is prone to more frequent skin irritations, allergies and sunburn than a coated dog would experience, and its owner should always take precautions to prevent this. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
They’re as fun as they look: playful, loving, and totally devoted to their humans. The hairless has its advantages: there’s no doggy odor, their soft warm skin makes them great bed warmers on chilly nights and, for obvious reasons, shedding isn’t much of a problem. Both the hairless and powderpuff are ideal companions around the house, totally in tune with their family. Alert and curious Cresteds might corner the occasional bug or mouse, a throwback to their former job as a seagoing exterminator.
Chinese Crested &HEALTH
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, an eye exam performed by a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, congenital heart disease, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (prcd-PRA) and Primary Lens Luxation (PLL). These are inherited eye diseases that can cause a dog to lose his vision. 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.
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. 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.