The Chinese Crested Dog has a unique, graceful and elegant appearance. There are actually two varieties for this breed, which can be found in a single litter: (1) the Hairless, with a silky hair on the head, tail and feet; and (2) the Powder Puff, a genetically recessive kind with a full coat. Belonging to the Toy group, the Crested stands 23 to 33 centimetres and weighs 10 to 13 pounds. Both varieties have a slightly elongated and rounded head, cleanly chiseled cheeks, strong jaws with a perfect scissor bite, dark, almond-shaped eyes, large and erect ears that are set low, and a slender, medium to long body.
The Hairless Crested has a soft, flowing hair on its head, feet and tail, and is bald on the rest of its body. The Powder Puff Crested has a silky double coat with a thick, flowing undercoat. According to KC standards, all colours and colour combinations are acceptable. This breed usually come in black, white, blue, brown, cream, sable, fawn, gold, liver, mahogany, and tri-colour. The skin tone of the Hairless can pale cream, pink and black.
The two varieties have different grooming needs. The Hairless needs to be bathed frequently as its hairless body tends to develop skin problems like acne and blackheads. Applying sun block or moisturizers is a big no-no. The Powder Puff requires a lot of work to groom. Its undercoat tends to matt easily as s puppy so brushing daily is a must. As it gets older, it can be done weekly. Because the Powder Puff has a long, flowing hair, it needs to be taken to a professional groomer several times a year so grooming at home becomes more manageable. Bathing can be done as needed, not as frequently as the Hairless.
Chinese Crested Dogs are prone to dental problems, especially the Hairless variety. Make sure to brush their teeth at least three times a week and give them dental chews to remove tartar build-up. You also have to clean and keep their ears dry to avoid infections. Their nails should also be trimmed as overgrowth can be uncomfortable and may cause scratches to people and other pets. Lastly, always inspect your dog’s skin for bumps and fleas.