The Chinese crested dog has a unique, graceful, and elegant appearance. There are actually two varieties of 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 powderpuff, a genetically recessive kind with a full coat. Belonging to the Toy Group, the crested stands 23–33 centimetres and weighs 10–13 pounds. Both varieties have a slightly elongated and rounded head, cleanly chiselled 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 powderpuff 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 comes in black, white, blue, brown, cream, sable, fawn, gold, liver, mahogany, and tricolour. 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 sunblock or moisturisers is a big no-no. The powderpuff requires a lot of work to groom. Its undercoat tends to mat easily, so daily brushing is a must. As it gets older, it can be done weekly. Because the powderpuff has long, flowing hair, it needs to be taken to a professional groomer several times a year, so that grooming at home becomes more manageable. Bathing can be done as needed, not as frequent like the hairless.
Chinese crested dog breed is prone to dental problems, especially the hairless variety. Make sure to brush its teeth at least three times a week and give it dental chews to remove tartar build-up. You also have to clean and keep its ears dry to avoid infections. Its nails should also be trimmed as overgrown nails can be uncomfortable and may cause scratch wounds to people and other pets. Lastly, always inspect your dog’s skin for bumps and ticks/fleas.