Dog breeds: Chinese Crested dog temperament and personality

Dog breeds: Chinese Crested dog temperament and personality

Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested dog is a medium active dog developed to help the handicapped. They are a breed of hairless dogs that come in two varieties: the Powder Puff and the Hairless.


Despite the name, Chinese Crested dogs are not really from China. They probably evolved from Mexican or African hairless dogs. Probably the name comes from their long history with the Chinese. 

Apparently, these dogs accompanied sailors as early as 1530 hunting mice and rat. Some other names these dogs have received throughout their history include the Chinese Edible Dog, Chinese Hairless, Chinese Ship Dog, and Chinese Royal Hairless. Documents by early Europeans locate the dog as early as the 1700s. The time when they arrived in North America is unknown. Today, they are a rare breed in China. 

Physical characteristics

The Chinese Crested dog is fine-boned, elegant, graceful; a toy dog. Both types can be born in the same litter, the Powerduff, full of hair, and the Hairless, with hair on the head, tail, and feet only.  This small breed can weigh between 10 and 13 pounds and be 11 to 13 inches tall. 


This lively, alert, and affectionate dog is completely devoted to his owners and will remain so for the rest of his life. He does not do very well with strangers as he will usually walk away from them. He is a very social dog, so it is necessary to socialize them at an early age, also to remove their natural impulse of biting strangers. 

They are extremely intelligent and make a great companion. The Chinese Crested dog can lie down on his bed for hours and does not really feel the need to go outside. 

Caring for a Chinese Crested dog

Mental stimulation is important for this dog. He does not require that much physical activity, on the other hand.  


Chinese Crested dogs are usually easy to train. However, they can be very stubborn so you need to have a strong and firm hand without being harsh. Use positive reinforcement and be a sensitive trainer as this dog is naturally shy.  

Fun facts

  • This breed can still be found in ports all around the world.
  • By the mid 19th century, Chinese Crested dogs began to appear in famous European paintings.
  • Always walk him on a leash; larger dogs could see him as prey. 
  • They are tiny and, therefore, very loud. 

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