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7-13 lbs
Chinese Crested
Yorkshire Terrier
Crested Yorkie

Loving and friendly, the Crustie is one of the best hybrid breeds created for families. The Crustie was developed from the Chinese Crested Dog and the Yorkshire Terrier, both eager-to-please breeds. While the exact origins are unknown, it is believed the Crustie was developed when breeders desired to create a new breed with minimal health concerns. The Crustie weighs an average of 7 to 13 pounds and stands between 8 and 12 inches tall. His main purpose has been to provide companionship but he has been known to provide excellent herding services. He is an intelligent breed that is able to be trained quickly. His high energy levels will require intense play sessions to keep him happy.

Companion, Herding
Date of Origin
Chinese Crested, Yorkshire Terrier

Crustie Health

Average Size
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 7-13 lbs
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 7-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Collapsed Trachea
Minor Concerns
  • None
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Patellar Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Ultrasound

Crustie Breed History

The Crustie's history is not well-documented and it is suspected that the hybrid breed was developed in response to the designer dog trend of the last two decades. In the 19th century, it is believed that Scottish workers, moving because of the Industrial Revolution, brought a Paisley Terrier to England and he was used to catch rats and mice. In 1861, the first Yorkshire Terrier was developed and in 1872, the first Yorkshire Terrier Club was formed in England. In the same year, it is thought that the first Yorkshire Terrier was imported to the United States. Fans of the Yorkshire Terrier loved their knack for successfully hunting small animals and their clever spirit. The Chinese Crested Dog is a misnomer as the breed did not come from China. The breed is believed to have been developed in either Mexico or Africa. However, the modern Chinese Crested Dog was modified in China and shrunk in size. This breed was incredibly popular among all people of the population, including both emperors and common people. Additionally, Chinese sailors are believed to have kept them on ships for companionship and to help hunt vermin. In the 1700s, the Chinese Crested Dog is said to have made its way into Europe. The Chinese Crested Club was created in 1974. While this breed is considered rare in China now, it was favored as an alert and happy dog. His love for people and desire to cuddle allowed others to see his kindred spirit. His intelligence can be interpreted as less than intelligent due to his well-documented stubborn streak when it comes to being trained.

Crustie Breed Appearance

The Crustie does not have a breed standard and can resemble either the Chinese Crested Dog or the Yorkshire Terrier. He weighs an average of 7 to 13 pounds and stands at 8 to 12 inches tall. His erect, flappy ears are more likely to resemble the Yorkshire Terrier. His coat can vary drastically – it can either take on the hairless gene or have straight, fine, and silky coat. His expression remains on alert at all times. His small build is slightly muscular and well-built. His tail is generally of full coat and is held parallel to his body. 

Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Crustie Breed Maintenance

The Crustie is not considered a hypoallergenic breed and will shed moderately. Daily brushing for 15 minutes with a firm bristle brush and a greyhound comb will eliminate any dead hairs. The Crustie may inherit sensitive skin due to the Chinese Crested Dog genes. In this case, it is recommended to use hypoallergenic shampoo to prevent irritants. This breed is not known to drool or contain any significant odors. His nails should be kept trimmed every 2 to 3 weeks and the ears should checked weekly for redness, mites or earwax buildup. Teeth should be brushed regularly to prevent tartar development. Some grooming maintenance may be required if he develops a scruffy appearance. Grooming with scissors should be done every 4 to 6 weeks for upkeep.

Brushes for Crustie
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Crustie Temperament

The Crustie is known to be happy, cheerful, playful, and full of energy. His liveliness makes him an excellent choice for families who want an engaging breed. The Crustie would prefer to be able to cuddle with you and ensure you are giving him all of your attention. Don't spoil him with too much attention or he will become demanding and expect good things all the time! The Crustie is known to be a barker and will require early training to halt nuisance barking. This lively canine is excellent with other dogs but may need extra instruction on how to treat small animals. Due to his protective nature, your lovable dog will need early socialization in order to be completely accepting of strangers. While he is sensitive and does not like to be left alone for long periods of time, your Crustie will learn to become accustomed to your schedule if he is provided with positive reinforcement when you leave and when you return. 

Crustie Activity Requirements

The Crustie has high energy levels which will be at his best with 45 to 60 minutes of exercise per day. About 2 walks per day are recommended to maintain his healthy weight and health, and in addition to his walk he'll have fun running around or playing a game of fetch. The ideal environment for your Crustie will be an average size urban home with a fenced-in yard in a warm climate. Apartment living is acceptable as long as he is provided with the necessary outlets for expending his energy. He'll love to go wherever you do, just be sure to make certain that his is dressed warmly when it is cold outside and that he has plenty of fresh water when exercising on a warm day.

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

Crustie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Crustie Owner Experiences

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