Chin Crested

5-10 lbs
United States
Chinese Crested
Japanese Chin

The Chin Crested is a hybrid mix of two companion dogs; the Japanese Chin and the Chinese Crested.  Both parents are toy breeds, and despite their names, only the Japanese Chin has origins in Asia.  Little is known on this hybrid mix, so understanding the inherent character traits of this hybrid require owners to look at the parent breeds.  Both parents are currently bred as companions, though the Chinese Crested once served Chinese sailors as a ratting dog, among other duties.  The resulting Chin Crested is small in stature and has low energy, so it is well-suited for apartment living.  The appearance of the Chin Crest will depend on the type of Chinese Crested parent, the Crested or the Powderpuff.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Japanese Chin, Chinese Crested

Chin Crested Health

Average Size
Male Chin Crested size stats
Height: 5-11 inches Weight: 5-10 lbs
Female Chin Crested size stats
Height: 5-11 inches Weight: 5-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Cerebellar Ataxia
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Sunburn
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Atopy Dermatitis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Radiographs

Chin Crested Breed History

The Chin Crested is a hybrid of the Japanese Chin and the Chinese Crested.  The mix is a modern designer dog intended as a companion dog and does not have a long and well-known history.  As such, owners must look at the history of the breed parents to understand the history of this hybrid. The Japanese Chin is an ancient breed that is thought to have been part of the Chinese Imperial Court, recognized as a highly prized dog.  The breed gained its name from Japan, where it was gifted to the emperor and not thought of as a dog, but as a separate being; chin in Japanese.  The Chin was bred with small Spaniel-type dogs to achieve the modern-day look of the breed.  The Japanese Chin was not known outside of Japan until the 1800s when Commodore Matthew Perry developed a trading relationship between Japan and the West.  The Japanese Chin became a status symbol of the wealthy and nobility in the West and was known as the Japanese Spaniel until 1977.  The American Kennel Club first recognized the Japanese Chin in 1888. The Chinese Crested, despite its name, is not from China and either originated from African or Mexican hairless dogs further reduced in size by the Chinese.  Chinese Crested accompanied Chinese sailors as early as 1530 as ratting dogs and were also known as Chinese Hairless, the Chinese Edible Dog, the Chinese Hip Dog, and the Chinese Royal Hairless.  The history of the Chinese Crested is not well known, and its arrival in North America is debated.  The American Kennel Club first recognized the breed in 1991, and the Chinese Crested has since become rare in China.     

Chin Crested Breed Appearance

The Chin Crested is a toy-sized dog that may have a variety of looks depending on the predominant parent breed.  The Powderpuff Chinese Crested will have long hair on most of its body excepting the chest, and requires daily grooming, whereas the hairless may only have hair on its head, known as the crest, feet, and tail.  The Japanese Chin has an abundant single coat of hair.  Most Chin Crested hybrids have large patches of hairless skin along the chest and body and resemble a Powderpuff.  The head of a Chin Crested is well-rounded with a short muzzle that may be flattened and long, triangular-shaped ears that stand up.  The Chin Crested may have an under-bite and accompanying dental issues thanks to the Chinese Crested and the Japanese Chin parent.

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Chin Crested eyes
brown Chin Crested eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chin Crested nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Chin Crested coat
black Chin Crested coat
sable Chin Crested coat
blue Chin Crested coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Chin Crested straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chin Crested Breed Maintenance

The Chin Crested is a hybrid of one hypoallergenic breed and a non-hypoallergenic breed so allergies may be reduced some in this mix.  The shedding levels on this mix are low, but the Chin Crested requires daily grooming to keep its coat looking its best and free of mats and tangles.  Bathing frequencies are increased in the hairless varieties, but regular grooming will keep the Powderpuff Chin Crested clean.  If you do bathe your dog, gently pat dry your Chin Crested with a clean, perfume free towel.  The Chinese Crested is prone to dental issues so pay attention to your Chin Crested’s dental health and clean his teeth at least three times a week to prevent disease.  

Brushes for Chin Crested
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Chin Crested requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chin Crested Temperament

The Chin Crested is affectionate with its family as well as with children, but the size of this hybrid does not make it well-suited for young children who might hurt the delicate dog.  However, older children with a healthy respect for dogs will find a loving companion who enjoys long hours of lap time.  The Chin Crested is friendly toward strangers but vocalizes when needed. Early socialization will make living with other pets easier, but the Chin Crested prefers the company of its people than other cats or dogs.  The Chin Crested is a low energy dog but doesn’t require intense daily exercise

Chin Crested Activity Requirements

The Chin Crested is a mix of two low energy breeds who enjoy napping over exercising.  As such, the Chin Crested is an excellent choice for small space living, such as in an apartment or the city.  Though, when it comes to environments, the Chin Crested prefers it on the warmer side, but too much sun exposure can lead to a sunburn.  Climate control inside will make it possible to live in any environment.  As with any canine, a walk about the neighborhood is always welcomed. Attention in the form of a visit to the park will keep your Chin Crested content and feeling loved. 

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
15 minutes
activity minutes

Chin Crested Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Chin Crested Owner Experiences

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