Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Hairless or Powderpuff Chinese Crested puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Chinese Cresteds, the best dog food diet for feeding Chinese Crested puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Chinese Crested dog breed

Hairless and Powderpuff Chinese Crested Health Problems and Raising a Chinese Crested Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Chinese Cresteds:

Eye diseases are one of the major concerns, especially progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and dry eye.

Epilepsy (seizures) is a second major concern.

And then there are orthopedic diseases, most commonly luxating patella (loose knees). The more serious Legg-Calve-Perthes disease can also occur in the Chinese Crested.

Skin is a focal point for health problems in Chinese Cresteds, especially in the hairless variety. Allergies cause itchy skin and often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma). Even without allergies, the hairless skin must be kept clean and dry, else the hair follicles can plug up, leading to blackheads. Use only warm water and a gentle herbal cleanser with no chemicals. Dry thoroughly.

Sunburn is an obvious problem in a hairless dog, so don't expose hairless Chinese Cresteds to excessive sun. Sunscreen won't help – it contains chemicals that should not be used on canine skin, and if it's licked off, it's even worse in your dog's digestive system.

Hairless Chinese Cresteds also have a lot of trouble with their teeth. The four big pointy teeth in the front of their mouth (their "fangs") are sometimes abnormally curved, like tusks, and many of their other teeth are weak or missing.

According to the Michigan State University Thyroid Database, up to 13% of Chinese Cresteds have hypothyroidism.

Heart disease has also been reported in Chinese Cresteds.

Inherited deafness can occur in Chinese Crested puppies with a lot of white on their head.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Chinese Crested?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Chinese Cresteds today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Chinese Crested puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Chinese Crested puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Chinese Crested puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Chinese Crested lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Chinese Crested
The best diet for feeding your Chinese Crested is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Chinese Crested. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Chinese Crested
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Chinese Crested. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Chinese Crested puppy really need? Does your adult Chinese Crested need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Chinese Crested. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Chinese Crested. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Chinese Crested.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.