Chinese Crested

USD $800-$1000 Price Avg.

Companion Dogs



Breed Type



12-14 years


Breed Information

Group Companion Dogs
Popularity/Rank 79
Origin China
Other Names Chinese Crested, Crested, Puff
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $800-$1000
How much does it cost to buy a Chinese Crested?
Chinese Crested are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $800 to $1000 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Chinese Cresteds can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Small
Weight 7-9 pounds (3-4 kg)
Height 10-13 inches (21-33 cm)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Recognized by AKC
The American Kennel Club in 1991 as a Toy breed. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose ratter
Date of Origin 1200s
Ancestry Chihuahua, Mexican hairless

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Double, Silky, Thick
Coat Colors Apricot, Black, Blue, Chocolate, Cream, Palomino, Slate, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Blue, Brown, Cream
Coat Length Large
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Comb, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency Daily

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Affectionate, Alert, Caring, Cheerful, Happy, Lively, Playful, Sportive, Sweet, Tempered, Vigilant
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Deafness, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Lens Luxation, Loose Teeth
Hypoallergenic Yes
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 30 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 0.8 cups
Daily Cost $0.75 - $1.00
Monthly Cost $20.00 - $30.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Chinese Crested have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 2-5 puppies (Once a year.)


The Chinese Crested dog is a small, elegant breed of dog that has become increasingly popular in recent years. With its unique appearance and friendly personality, it’s no wonder why this breed has become so beloved. But what exactly is the appearance of the Chinese Crested dog? What are its lifespan, size, weight, and colors? What is its personality like? How friendly is it with other dogs, children, and other animals? What is its temperament like? And what about its health and adaptability level? Let’s take a closer look at the Chinese Crested dog to answer all these questions.

Appearance-wise, the Chinese Crested dog has a slender body with long legs and a short muzzle. Its head is slightly rounded with large eyes that are usually dark brown or black in color. The ears are erect and pointed while the tail can be either curled or straight. The coat of this breed can be either hairless or powderpuff (long-haired). Hairless varieties have soft skin that may be spotted or solid in color while powderpuff varieties have long silky coats that come in various colors such as white, black, gray, cream, red sable etc.

The average lifespan of the Chinese Crested dog ranges from 12 to 15 years depending on their health condition. They typically weigh between 8 to 12 pounds (3 to 5 kg) when fully grown and stand at around 11 inches (28 cm) tall at the shoulder.

When it comes to personality traits of this breed they tend to be very affectionate towards their owners but can also be quite independent at times too. They are intelligent dogs who love learning new tricks but may also display stubbornness if not trained properly from an early age. They tend to get along well with other pets as well as children if socialized properly from an early age too so they make great family pets!

In terms of friendliness towards other animals such as cats or birds they can vary greatly depending on how much socialization they receive when young but generally speaking they do get along well with most animals if given enough time together for them both to adjust accordingly. As for friendliness towards other dogs it really depends on how much exposure they have had when young but generally speaking they do get along well with most breeds provided proper introductions are made first!

The temperament of this breed tends to be quite lively yet gentle which makes them great companions for those looking for an active pet who won’t cause too much trouble around the house! They love being around people so don’t do well when left alone for extended periods of time which could lead them into developing separation anxiety issues if not addressed properly by their owners early on in life!

In terms of health issues common among this breed include eye problems such as cataracts or glaucoma; skin allergies; dental problems; hip dysplasia; luxating patellas; heart murmurs; hypothyroidism; deafness etc… It’s important that potential owners research any potential health issues before getting one so that any necessary steps can be taken should any arise during ownership!

Finally we come onto adaptability level which tends to vary greatly depending on each individual pup however generally speaking these dogs do quite well living indoors provided there is enough space available for them exercise regularly throughout each day! As far as benefits go these little guys make great companions due to their loving nature plus their small size means you don’t need too much space inside your home either making them ideal pets even for those living in apartments!


The Chinese Crested is a small, hairless breed of dog. They are born with a full coat of hair, but they lose it as they get older. The hairless variety is the most popular, but there is also a powderpuff variety that has a long, soft coat. Chinese Cresteds are active and playful dogs that enjoy being with people. They are good with children and other pets.

The Chinese Crested breed almost became extinct in the early 1900s. There were only a few dogs left in China. But, some people in Europe and the United States saw pictures of these dogs and decided to try to save the breed. They started breeding programs and slowly the numbers of Chinese Cresteds increased.

The Chinese Crested breed become popular in the 1980s when they were featured in movies and TV shows. People began to see them as cute and unique pets. Today, they are still popular as companion animals and show dogs.

The ancestry of the Chinese Crested dog is not known for sure. Some people believe they are related to African hairless dogs, while others think they come from Mexico or South America. What is known is that the first documented case of a hairless dog was in China in the 1800s.

The Chinese Crested was recognized as a breed by the American Kennel Club in 1991. They are now one of the most popular breeds in the United States.

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