About the Chinese Crested Dog Breed
The Chinese Crested Dog is a very distinctive looking dog. It is very thin and lean, and quite small, but is mostly hairless. It is named for the crest of long hair on its head. It is slightly longer than tall and has an agile gait. It is a small dog suited to apartment life, and does not need a lot of exercise.
The hairlessness of the dog is only accentuated by the bits of hair that it does have. Long hair grows on the head, tail and feet of the dog, leaving its belly, back, hindquarters and upper legs bald. However, each dog has a recessive gene for full-body hair, so every so often there will be one born with a full coat. All types of coat colour are accepted in show dogs. The hairless variety have soft skin that is usually grey or white.
It is a playful, yet gentle lapdog, that is devoted and willing to please. It is friendly towards other dogs and strangers, and, due to its little exercise requirement, is likely a good companion for a disabled or elderly person.
The hairless Chinese Crested Dog needs a lot of care to keep it healthy, seeing as it doesn't have a full coat to protect it. In colder weather, it is likely going to need a dog jumper to keep it warm, and in the sunlight, it will need sun cream to keep it safe. It is also likely allergic to wool and prone to rashes. Lastly, it needs regular baths to keep it free from blackheads.