The Chinese Crested is a small, unique dog that comes in two varieties: Hairless and Powderpuff. The hairless version has no hair on the body except for long tufts of silky hair on the tail, lower legs and top of the head. The Powderpuff has more hair and requires a lot more grooming. Cresteds have wedge-shaped heads, large ears and feet that resemble the paws of a rabbit. Their long toes can actually be used to grasp onto things. Their plumed tails reach to the dog's hock and is carried gaily. The Chinese Crested can come in almost any color, and some dogs change color with the change of seasons. They may be solid, spotted or parti-color.
Size and Weight
The ideal size for a Chinese Crested is anywhere from 11 to 13 inches, but show dogs who are slightly larger or smaller will not be disqualified. The average weight for this breed is 12 pounds. They are slender and fine boned, but should not appear frail.
Coat and Color
There are two varieties of the Chinese Crested breed: the hairless and the powder puff. They may appear to be separate breeds, but they are not. The only difference in type is the coat. The hairless should have hair on its head (called a crest), on its feet and legs (called socks) and on its tail (called a plume), while the powder puff should be fully-coated with a double, soft and silky coat. Both come in a variety of colors.
The powder puff variety should be brushed regularly. The Hairless Crested should be bathed frequently with a good shampoo, recommended by a groomer or veterinarian. This breed is prone to skin irritation and other skin problems, when bathing the dog, check for problems such as acne, blackheads, dry skin, etc. Powderpuffs should be bathed regularly, but not as frequently as the Hairless.
The Hairless is more prone to dental problems than the Powederpuff, but good oral hygiene should be practiced by all dog owners. Brushing several times per week will help keep teeth and gums healthy and will keep bad breath at bay.