Chinese Crestepoo

7-10 lbs
​United States
Chinese Crested
Crestepoo, Crestedoodle and Poochis

The Chinese Crestepoo is a small hybrid breed and is a mix between a Chinese Crested and a Poodle. The most common colors are black, brown, chocolate, cream, white and golden while their coats are long, soft and wavy with with soft, straight hair on their legs and feet. Chinese Crestepoos usually have hairless ears and long thin tails. Their muzzles are also thin and short and they can have beards. They are regarded as quite low maintenance when it comes to grooming and are playful and energetic, although can be somewhat highly strung. They can be trained but are known to be a bit stubborn.

Date of Origin
Chinese Crested, Poodle

Chinese Crestepoo Health

Average Size
Male Chinese Crestepoo size stats
Height: 11-20 inches Weight: 8-11 lbs
Female Chinese Crestepoo size stats
Height: 10-19 inches Weight: 7-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Glaucoma
  • Lens Luxation
  • Bloat
  • Tracheal Collapse
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Tracheal Collapse
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Deafness
  • Dental Issues
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Blood Work
  • Ophthalmic Examination

Chinese Crestepoo Breed History

The Chinese Crestepoo is a combination of a Chinese Crested and a Poodle, which is believed to have originated in Germany but developed into a distinctive breed in France. The English word "poodle" comes from the German pudel or pudelin, meaning to splash in the water while in France, the dogs are called Caniche, derived from chien canard, meaning duck dog. Egyptian and Roman artifacts and tombs dating from the first centuries B.C. have drawings of what look like Poodles herding and retrieving game. There are three sizes of the breed including Standard, Miniature, and Toy. They were popular with gypsies who trained them to perform tricks in the circus and were also favorites during the reign of Louis XV1 and Queen Anne. The American Kennel Club registered their first Poodle in 1886. Despite the name, Chinese Crested dogs are not thought to be of Chinese origin. Perhaps Mexican or African in descent, there are references to the Chinese Crested in relation to the African Hairless and the Mexican Hairless dogs. This breed has many names, sometimes being called the Chinese Ship Dog, The Chinese Edible Dog, and the Chinese Royal Hairless. The breed has a widely varied history including ratting on Chinese ships; it is thought though, that most of the Chinese Cresteds found today can be traced back to a burlesque dancer named Gypsy Rose Lee who was a breeder of the dogs. The Chinese Crested was entered into the books of the American Kennel Club in 1991.

Chinese Crestepoo Breed Appearance

Chinese Crestepoo dogs are small dogs weighing up to 11 pounds and who are likely to vary according to which of the parent breeds is dominant. Poodles have dense, curly, and wiry-textured hair and do not shed, while the Chinese Crested can be Hairless  (care must be taken with the delicate skin) or Powderpuff, where the body is found to have silky long hair. The Chinese Crestepoo can be black, brown, chocolate, cream, white and golden while their coats are long, soft and wavy with with soft, straight hair on their legs and feet. The Chinese Crestepoo tends to have quite floppy, hairless ears and long thin tails. Their muzzles are also thin and short and they can have beards.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Chinese Crestepoo eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Chinese Crestepoo nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Chinese Crestepoo coat
black Chinese Crestepoo coat
cream Chinese Crestepoo coat
blue Chinese Crestepoo coat
gray Chinese Crestepoo coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Chinese Crestepoo wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Chinese Crestepoo Breed Maintenance

These dogs need very little grooming to keep looking good and hardly shed at all. Both parent breeds are hypoallergenic so there is a good possibility that the Chinese Crestepoo will also be, making it a good pet for those who suffer from allergies. The dog will only need to be brushed once a day to remove any loose hairs and prevent matting and will only need a bath when necessary. Nail and teeth care are also important parts of owning the Chinese Crestepoo; daily brushing of the teeth and bi-weekly nail trimming are a must. Start the regimen early in ownership and your hybrid will soon get used to the routine.

Brushes for Chinese Crestepoo
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Chinese Crestepoo requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Chinese Crestepoo Temperament

The Chinese Crestepoo is regarded as a playful, affectionate pet that can be very protective of their family. Some can be highly strung but for the most part they are friendly dogs and gentle with children making them ideal family pets. They enjoy getting a lot of attention and like the parent breeds, are alert and curious. Socialization and training are best started young as they can be stubborn when it comes to training. They will respond best to positive reinforcement and rewards. The Chinese Crestepoo is usually good with other pets including dogs and cats but again it is best to introduce them at an early age. They are active dogs but don’t need a huge amount of exercise to keep fit. They could happily live in an apartment provided they are taken out regularly for exercise. This breed does not bark much at all but will do if a stranger approaches. They don’t enjoy being left alone.

Chinese Crestepoo Activity Requirements

Despite being small dogs, the Chinese Crestepoo will need daily exercise to keep in shape because they do have a tendency to put on weight. They do enjoy running; ball games in the yard will be a good idea to keep your pet fit and entertained. A shortish walk will be enough and make sure it is not too hot or too cold as they are fairly sensitive to extreme temperatures. They tend to do a bit better when it is warm than cold. These dogs are great for apartment living but will need to be taken out daily for exercise sessions.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Chinese Crestepoo Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Chinese Crestepoo Owner Experiences

2 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Laying in the sun
Eating Snacks
Learn a new trick
Look out the window
My dog is a loyal, good natured boy, but he is also extremely skittish. Taking him on walks is difficult because he is afraid of the cars. He is perfectly comfortable in our backyard though, where he somehow learned to climb up a bush! He loves routine, including daily games of fetch and enjoys lying comfortably on my mom's lap. He is very loyal to her and I. He was also challenging to potty train, but I should add that I had no experience with dog training at the time. He is very good at learning new tricks. Overall, he's a great dog!
2 months, 1 week ago
4 Years
4 People
House & Yard
He is funny, watching him play with his toys and throwing them about when he spins round in circles
3 months, 1 week ago
8 Years
5 People
I got him 8 years ago. He still acts like he did then. He’s stupid, clumsy but cute. He barks at his biscuits and steals your food. He barks at any kind of sound. However, he sleeps a lot, is cute, does tricks and licks my face when I’m upset. He gets groomed every day but he gets a lot of knots. He has his teeth brushed but they’re not the best.
10 months, 2 weeks ago
Jeff Goldblum
3 Years
4 People
House & Yard
He is amazing. He does have bad teeth but my vet is helping us maintain what teeth he does have. He was born mostly bald and now has hair on his face, ears, back, and legs. Due to his lack of hair he does not get fleas. He is unique and we get lots of questions when we are out. He also grew to 22 pounds so he is a large crestepoo
11 months, 2 weeks ago
10 Months
2 People
House & Yard
Skeeter has been somewhat easy to potty train. He rings a bell hanging from the door handle when he needs to go out. It took 15min each, with treats, to train him how to sit, shake, high-five, stand pretty, and kiss. He follows me every where and would rather be in my arms/lap (I am the main care-giver). He is very good with children. He has only snapped (no intention to bite) twice when he thought I was taking his treat. I popped him, took his treat, and gave it back to him until he stopped snapping. He is a hairy-hairless (no hair on his body except a thin strip on his back) and an apricot color. He rarely barks.
2 years, 5 months ago
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