KC Group Toy
Weight Should not exceed 5.4kg
Height Dogs: 28 - 33cm at withers; bitches: 23 - 30cm at withers
Average lifespan 13 years
Good with children? Unknown
Good guard dogs? Would bark
Moulting level Low
Exercise requirement Little
Jogging partner Short runs
Colours Any colour or combination of colours
Temperament Loving and affectionate
Editors Pick No
The most striking feature of the Chinese Crested is that beyond having hair on his feet, head, and tail, he is hairless, with a warm, smooth, fine-boned, graceful body. It is often said that he moves like a prancing pony, an image enhanced further by his high tail carriage complete with long, flowing plume. There is a fully haired version, called a Powderpuff, who has an undercoat with a soft veil of long hair.
While the hairless version is the best known and the most popular of the Chinese Crested Dogs, the Powderpuff is the original breed with the hairlessness resulting from a spontaneous mutation. Hairlessness is a fatal gene and so breeders are extremely careful to ensure both types are interbred to prevent abnormalities.
The Chinese Crested Dog is generally a healthy breed but the following problems are known:
The Chinese Crested is susceptible to eye problems including primary lens luxation (PLL), progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), and keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye).
PLL is a genetic disease where the lens of the eye partially or fully dislocates. If it is not treated quickly the build-up of pressure in the eye can lead to blindness.
Dry eye is the poor production of tears, which are essential for maintaining a healthy eye.
PRA is an inherited disease which slowly causes blindness.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder which causes dogs to have unexpected seizures. There is no cure for the condition but it can be managed to reduce the frequency of fits.
There are currently no recommended or compulsory health tests for Kennel Club Assured Breeders. However, DNA tests for PRA and PLL are available. Both diseases are caused by a mutant recessive gene. A Chinese Crested Dog may have one copy of the gene and not be affected. The test will determine whether a dog is affected, a carrier, or clear.