Chinese Crestese

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10-12 lbs
8-11"
United States
Crested Malt

The Chinese Crestese is a wonderful mix of the Chinese Crested and the Maltese. Since both the parent breeds are small dogs, your Chinese Crestese should be a small dog as well. In fact, the average Chinese Crestese is about 9 pounds and stands about 10 inches tall. This dog has a long coat that can be any color such as white, cream, gray, brown, black, red, and any color combination of these. They are happy dogs but tend to be stubborn so they may be hard to train. Also, they are not great with small children and should be socialized as a puppy to get along well with other pets.

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2002
Ancestry
Chinese Crested, Maltese

Chinese Crestese Health

Average Size
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 10-14 lbs
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 10-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Patent Ductus Arteriosus
Minor Concerns
  • Hemophilia
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca
Occasional Tests
  • Hip And Eyes
  • Blood Test
  • Heart
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Chinese Crestese Breed History

The history of the Chinese Crested is controversial but many believe that it has been around since the 1200s and was used as a bed warmer for the Aztecs. Some believe it is a cross between a Chihuahua and a Mexican Hairless dog, while others claim the breed originated in Africa in the 1300s and was bought by the Chinese to barter with on their trading ships. That is supposedly how the breed managed to become popular all over the globe. However, there is evidence that the breed was around in China before the 1200s so this is not certain. In the 1800s, they found evidence that the Chinese Crested existed in Europe in paintings and photographs as far back as the 13th century. The Chinese Crested became popular in the United States when Ida Garrett, who was a breeder, introduced them to the American public. Another story claims that a famous stripper named Gypsy Rose Lee was a breeder who improved the breed. The Chinese Crested was finally accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1991 where it became the 77th most popular dog breed in the United States. The Maltese was one of the oldest known breeds and was discovered in 1500 BC when the Phoenician sailors visited the Island of Malta, where the breed originated. Breeders in Italy added the Poodle and Miniature Spaniel to the bloodline and the breed came in many different colors back then. Today, the Maltese is known for its long, silky, white coat and small size. In the 14th century, this breed became popular with the wealthy English women who carried the little dogs in their sleeve. It did not get registered by the AKC until 1888 where it is now the 33rd most popular breed of dog.

Chinese Crestese Breed Appearance

The Chinese Crestese may have long or short hair, depending on the status of the type of Chinese Crested. If the parent was a hairless Chinese Crested, your Chinese Crestese will have a short, single layer of fur and if your Chinese Crested parent was a powderpuff, it will likely have a long coat that is double layered. They have a face like a Terrier with floppy ears, long legs, and a short stature. Their tail is usually long and furry and they have an overall friendly and open expression. Most of the time, this breed is multi-colored and the most common shades are white, cream, gray, brown, black, and red.

Chinese Crestese Breed Maintenance

Because of the long hair on your Chinese Crestese, you will have to brush her at least every other day with a stiff bristle brush and metal comb. However, you should use your fingers to untangle the mats in order to prevent damaging the coat. You can bathe your Chinese Crestese when needed with mild shampoo but do not bathe too often or you will dry out her skin. Brush her teeth several times a week and clean her ears once a week. Make sure to watch for mites, redness, and waxy buildup. Also, you should trim her nails when necessary.

Chinese Crestese Temperament

While the Chinese Crestese likes kids, they do not tolerate young children well because of their size and jitteriness. They do like to be around other pets but do not like to have to compete for attention. Since they have a stubborn side, they may take a while to train and you have to be patient. Stay consistent and provide a lot of positive reinforcement for the best results. Many owners rely on puppy pads for the first several months when house training. Your Chinese Crestese needs plenty of attention and loves to be cuddled so they do make excellent family pets. 

Chinese Crestese Activity Requirements

This breed needs about 30 to 45 minutes of strenuous activity daily so you should try to take her out for a walk or run every day. Other activities your Chinese Crestese may enjoy include hiking in the park, playing fetch, swimming, going to the local dog park, agility or competition training, and playing Frisbee. If you have a fenced yard, she would enjoy playing out there for a couple of hours a day but they need human companionship so you should try to spend at least one or two hours a day with her. If they do not get enough exercise, they may become bored or anxious and this can cause behavioral issues.

Chinese Crestese Owner Experiences