Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Hairless or Powderpuff Chinese Crested puppy or adult dog.


For Your New

Chinese Crested!

dog health care book

Raise and train your dog the RIGHT way and he will live a long, healthy, well-behaved life – and both of you will be happy!

dog training book

Chinese Crested dog breed

Buying or Adopting a Hairless or Powderpuff Chinese Crested

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2018

Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog

Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs

Is a Chinese Crested the right breed for you?

Chinese Crested Review: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Chinese Crested Health Problems

Are YOU right for a Chinese Crested?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • No large dogs in the household (safety issue)
  • Extra safety precautions – ongoing supervision and surveillance of what's going on around your Chinese Crested, being careful where you step or sit, not allowing leaps from high furniture, keeping small objects off the floor so the dog can't choke, closing all gaps in fences and gates, etc.
  • Sufficient exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Chinese Crested stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • Diligent skin care (hairless variety) – sunscreen, weekly baths to avoid acne, and moisturizers (oatmeal- or aloe vera-based) to avoid drying and cracking
  • Brushing (powderpuff variety) – moderate
  • Trimming (powderpuff variety) – every few months
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Chinese Cresteds are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with housebreaking taking a looong time
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Chinese Crested to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Chinese Crested, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Chinese Crested?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?

Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Chinese Crested be?

Where can you buy or adopt a Chinese Crested?

Chinese Cresteds are about middle-of-the-road in popularity in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Chinese Cresteds rank 77th.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Chinese Cresteds are often available from Dog Rescue groups. Cresteds may be turned over to Rescue because of housebreaking problems, or shyness/nervousness. Owners may give up their Chinese Crested when they discover that the breed acts differently than most other breeds and the owners decide it's not for them. Although ALL breeds should be researched before you acquire one, it's especially important with Chinese Cresteds.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Chinese Cresteds are rarely found here. There might occasionally be a hairless dog there, but there are other hairless breeds, and you can't always believe what you read on shelter cages. Chinese Crested Rescue groups do keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. If a Chinese Crested turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Chinese Crested from a show breeder, who breeds Chinese Cresteds to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Chinese Crested from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Chinese Crested puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) – dated within the past year – certifying the dog to be free of eye diseases
  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal knees

Also, at least ONE PARENT of a Chinese Crested puppy should have:

  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe hereditary eye disease called primary lens luxation.
  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe hereditary eye disease called prcd-PRA.
  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe hereditary eye disease called rcd3-PRA.

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Chinese Crested ends up blind and with bad knee joints.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Chinese Cresteds are found in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!

Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Chinese Crested Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Chinese Crested puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.

Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Chinese Crested puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?

To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.