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Do You Want Hair With That?

Posted by Christina Potter on

Chinese Cresteds come in two varieties; hairless and powderpuff. A hairless Crested will have long hair on it’s head (crest), feet (socks) and tail (plume). It will also have varying degrees of fuzz on the rest of its body. A powderpuff, or puff, will have a full body of long, flowing hair. Both types require regular grooming. If you breed two puffs to each other, your entire litter will consist of puff puppies.But it you breed two hairless dogs to each other or a hairless to a puff, you can have a mixture of adorable little hairless and powderpuff puppies in the same litter. Cresteds, of both varieties, come in many different colors or combination of colors. These dogs are not only beautiful on the outside, but they have wonderful temperaments to match.

This ancient toy breed is of small, though not delicate, size. Combine their portable size with their lovely personalities and you will find yourself unable to have only one. As a matter of fact, you may be hard pressed to stop at two. They are affectionate dogs that are happy with just being in your presence, laying quietly at your side. They are playful and have a great sense of humor. Chinese Cresteds are not quick to accept strangers, but the devotion they have toward their people is unquestionable. They are endearing little beings who tend to get along well with other four-legged members of their family. They are not quarrelsome, nor noisy, though they will not hesitate to alert their family to danger.

Hairless or puff, the Chinese Crested is an adaptable breed, but will probably do best in homes without young children. They are versatile dogs that can excel at almost anything you take your time to teach them to do. They enjoy the company of their people and are eager to please. Besides being consummate lap dogs, they have successfully competed in agility, competitive obedience, barn hunt, lure coursing, fly ball, rally, and just about any other event you want to participate in. That said, they are equally content hanging out in your apartment with you and are rarely destructive, even as puppies. While they are relatively easy to train, they are notoriously challenging to housebreak…something you may want to keep in mind if your Persian rug is priceless.

Though the “ugly dog contest” has been won a few times by what was described as a Chinese Crested, it’s important to note that it was a mixed breed. This beautiful breed would be hard pressed to win an ugly contest of any type. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to meet one in person, you’ll know what I mean.

If you enjoy Christina's writing, check her books out! She is the author of “Chester Gigolo: Diary of a Dog Star” and "Insider Training: Chester Gigolo’s Dog Training Secrets Revealed” for which she won the 2016 DWAA Captain Haggerty award for Best Training Book and the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Award (Animals & Pets). She is also a contributing author to “Animal Stars: Behind the Scenes with Your Favorite Animal Actors”. She has written multiple articles which have appeared in various international publications