Chinese Crested Dog review

Neutral reviews


This people-oriented "Velcro" dog depends emotionally on his owner for a lot of personal interaction. When you pick him up, he may grip your neck tightly with his paws (although he does the same thing with toys – he is quite adept at controlling his toes!) Because he is a needy dog, he doesn't like being left for long without companionship. Separation anxiety may set in, and then he is prone to "acting out" to relieve his anxiety. For example, destructive chewing.


Too many people acquire a toy breed puppy without understanding how fragile a toy breed is. You can seriously injure or kill a Chinese Crested puppy by stepping on him or by sitting on him when he's curled under a blanket or pillow, where he frequently likes to sleep. And Chinese Crested puppies can seriously injure or kill THEMSELVES by leaping from your arms or off the back of your sofa. A larger dog can grab a Crested puppy and break his neck with one quick shake. Owning a toy breed means constant supervision and surveillance of what's going on around your small dog. Chinese Cresteds should be kept indoors, in a safely fenced yard, or on-leash -- they are just too easy to injure when not under your complete control.


More than most other breeds, Chinese Cresteds need a great deal of companionship and do not like being left alone for more than a few hours. They become anxious, which they express by destructive chewing and barking. If you work all day, this is not the breed for you.


Many Chinese Cresteds climb like monkeys and dig like gophers. You may need higher fences than you might imagine for their small size. You may also need to sink wire into the ground along the fence line to thwart digging.


The Chinese Crested is a very rare breed with a sweet temper and lively, playful disposition. They are very cuddly and loving, and they love to hug. They are affectionate towards children and make highly entertaining companions. Children should be taught to be gentle with the Chinese Crested, because they are a breed that can become injured comparatively easily. Chinese Crested puppies should be socialized from an early age to prevent the onset of timid behavior. This breed generally gets along well with other pets. They do not bark, and they are able to learn tricks. They become very attached to their owners and have difficulty adjusting to a new one. They crave constant attention and loving companionship.


The Chinese Crested can be stubborn. Intensely social, he bonds tightly to his immediate pack. Really friendly Cresteds are the exception rather than the rule, as most are naturally suspicious of strangers. He can be reactive, and that trait combined with his high social drive tends to make him needy. He's wonderful with familiar people but likely to bite strangers unless socialized and trained out of that impulse.


The Chinese Crested breed was ranked 77th in popularity in 2016. Although they have Chinese in their name, they may not actually be from China. It is believed that the origins of the breed could be Africa, counting the African Hairless dog among its ancestors. Some experts also believe that the Chinese Crested shares a close genetic relation to the Mexican Hairless Dog.


I got Little David Bowie when he was 6 months and I was 22. Hes 10 now and i'm in my 30s and its just been he and I my whole adulthood. As a result hes very protective of me and territorial about the apartment but thats because its been he and I against the world for so long. He's kind of a dick to strangers but hey, so am I.

He hates other dogs. No, I take that back, he ONLY like other small, clothes-wearing dogs. His onyl dog friend is a friend's Italian greyhound. Literally, he will scream and try to attack all other dogs he encounters unless he sees they are another sweater dog. I think he things dogs are a thing seperate from himself, he likes other dogs that are treated like babies.


We got our crested (krusoe) when he was 6, from a situation that wasn't really ideal. Previous owner never really had time for him, didn't know how to train dogs and didn't bother. He was not house broken when we adopted him. He is 10 years old now.

He is a super sweet, laid back boy. I've never had him around babies, but he's been around a ton of kids. He doesn't really get excited about kids but he's never misbehaved with them. He pretty much let's any little ones that get a hold of him do whatever they want. He likes to play with a tennis ball and if we don't notice that he wants to play, he will bring a ball to the top of the stairs and drop it from there so he can run after it. He gets on fine with other dogs, isn't very interested in them. About once a day he gets in the mood for cuddles and will literally hug everyone in the house for like 10 minutes each. Can be yappy. But is really obedient and intelligent. He has never gotten fully house trained and we have a doggy door and he knows how to use it. If it's wet outside, he will pee in the house. Sometimes he's just straight up marking(he is neutered). He is terrible in the car. He sleeps with my daughter every night.

EDIT: to add that he is EXTREMELY food crazy. Like flips out, like bites your hand or chokes himself. it's bananas.


Coco is extremely timid and took almost 2 months to get accustomed to us. He was ~34 weeks old when we got him. He’s scared of clouds and the lamp in our family room. He only barks at thumping noises in our house but not strangers or the family members. He only growls when he’s scared or uncomfortable. He does not respond to negative training, at all.

He is a smart and personable dog after he gets used to you. Meets and greets all of us - 2 adults and 2 primary schoolers - when we return. He has figured how get upstairs with a gate and blockers.

He’s thin and can slide between the uprights in the banister. He loves snow but not cold weather.

Our last dog was a Shih Tzu. They are so different it often surprises me.


First of all ... where are the PICTURES?!?!?!?

Since the dogs are hairless their skin is exposed to the elements just like ours. Would YOU like to go for more than a week without a shower?? My puppies get their first 'bath' at about 4 weeks of age and then weekly after that to get them used to it. Since these dogs have HAIR (not fur) I use the same stuff I use on MY hair - Aveeno shampoo and conditioner. For my Powder Puff show dog I use a product made by another Crested breeder. Awesome stuff but pricey!

Sugar scrubs are great for their skin and very easy to make. I melt some coconut oil in the microwave then just add granulated sugar. I want ti to be gritty. Once I have the desired texture I pop it in the fridge to solidify and then just keep it by the dogs tub (yes, they have their OWN bathtub). You could add a small amount of essential oils if you want.

These dogs are SCARY smart! I started with German Shepherds but as I got older I wanted something smaller but just as smart. They are that!! All my dogs know the basics plus some tricks and stuff just for fun. You could do agility, tracking, barn hunt, lure coursing, weight pull (yes, even weight pull) with these dogs!!

I have a couple hairy hairless, a Puff and 2 true hairless. I shave the hair off their faces (I prefer that look) and off their bodies. I leave the boots, tail and crest.

The great thing is if you shave it and don't like it - it grows back!! :)

If you feed a quality diet (mine eat raw) and kept them clean (weekly bathing and skin care) you shouldn't have to worry much about black heads.

Positive reviews


High-spirited and happy, animated and agile, the Crested is an adept climber and jumper.... which sounds cool, except that some individuals are clever escape artists who can scale high fences or dig under them.


A toy dog, fine-boned, elegant and graceful. The distinct varieties are born in the same litter. The Hairless with hair only on the head, tail and feet and the Powderpuff, completely covered with hair. The breed serves as a loving companion, playful and entertaining.


Cresteds are the best dog!!!


I've had two Chinese cresteds and they are just the best dogs. So loveable! My current crested Fonzie had a lot of "hot spots" when we got him from a shelter at 1.5 yrs old, and I still swear that diet is the best way for them to have clear skin. We feed Fonzie a high protein diet (a large portion of which is fresh chicken livers fried in bacon fat)... He's healthy as an ox🐶