Chinese Crested Dogs are hairless, hypoallergenic, very intelligent, and affectionate with a loving and happy disposition. They are classified by the Kennel Union of South Africa as a member of the Toy Group.
With a lifespan of 11 to 15 years, and a food budget of R400 to R600 per dog per month, they are a long-term, moderately expensive commitment, and as such, are best suited for settled families with financial stability.
At 3 to 5 kg, with the females ranging between 23 and 27cm and males between 27 and 33cm at the withers, and with fairly low exercise needs, they are suitable for smaller homes with less active humans. Some Chinese Crested dogs prefer to lounge around on the couch while some love activities like dog agility, fetch, playing ball.
They are highly trainable and can learn tricks, compete in obedience, act as lovable therapy dogs, and they make great agility dogs! Owners will need to assess and make lifestyle choices dependent on their dog’s exercise preferences.
Friendly but suspicious of strangers, they can be protective of their human families, but they can be easily poisoned or harmed by intruders and should therefore not be considered a replacement for a standard home security system.
The Chinese Crested Dog is quite sensitive to the elements and care needs to be taken to protect them from the heat or cold. For this reason, they should always have access to warm shelter, cool shade, fresh drinking water, and owners need to make use of dog-friendly sunscreens and moisturisers, cooling vests, and winter dog jackets.
Their skin requires special care, including frequent bathing and application of dog-friendly sunscreens and moisturisers, and the little hair that they have will need brushing at least once per week to prevent matting. Grooming can take 2 to 3 hours per week!
Some Chinese Crested Dogs love the company of other dogs and some do not like other dogs. Males tend to dislike each other. Owners will need to assess each dog’s individual needs and preferences and then socialise each accordingly.
They are friendly with children, but due to the unpredictable nature of all animals, children should always be supervised by a parent when interacting with any breed of dog. Children should always ask permission from the owner before interacting with any dog.
These cuties are always happy and make their owners laugh. If owners put love and effort into their care and training, they will have a companion that completely dotes on them and their family and will provide hours of laughter with their funny antics!
Information Provided By:
Nicolette Anderson from Krescendo Chinese Cresteds
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