Chinese Crested Breed Maintenance
The hairless version of the Chinese Crested Dog necessitates considerably less care than its powder puff counterpart. The powder puff Crested should be brushed daily. Its wooly undercoat can become matted easily, so care must be taken to brush the undercoat properly. Hairless varieties may need sunscreen when outdoors for prolonged periods. Weekly bathing can prevent the pesky blackheads Chinese Cresteds are prone to. Moisturizer should be applied to the skin of hairless Chinese Crested Dogs as well. The breed is considered hypoallergenic, is very clean, and does not have much trouble with fleas or ticks. The Chinese Crested is highly intelligent, loving, and playful. They do not require much exercise and enjoy being “lap-warmers.” The hairless variety is sensitive to cold, so a sweater might be appropriate when outside during the cooler months (though not a wool sweater as many of this breed have an allergy to wool). The Chinese Crested should always be an inside dog. It does not enjoy being alone and does best when in the presence of its loving family.