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Chinese Crested (Powderpuff)
An elegant, refined Toy breed, long legged and with strong presence as much because of its unusual appearance as its exquisite, soft and dramatic expression.  Extremely devoted and typically bonded to one person, the Crested is known for its gay and happy demeanor.  The Powderpuff variety lacks the drama of the hairless variety but adds a particular charm of its own with its lush coat.
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General Information
Group(s): Toy Height: 11-13 inches
Weight: under 20 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: any color combination is acceptable Coat type: short silky undercoat and long straight silky outer coat
Recognized Registries: FCI, UKC, AKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Much as the name powderpuff implies, the long silky coat of the dog provides a light, fluffy quality to a small, well proportioned dog with a charming, piquant face.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: mild, gentle but excitable
  with Children: generally good but rather small and fragile so not a particularly good choice with small children
  with other pets: generally good
  with dogs: generally good
Socialization requirements: moderate to high especially in homes that would be inclined to spoil or indulge the dog
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the need of the dog beyond the needs of the
Temperament Notes: Inclined toward shyness and even aggression if not properly socialized. The lack of confidence can be debilitating.
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: Like many toy breeds, the Chinese Crested (powerpuff or hairless) can be a fun training partner for the trainer that keeps it light and fun, that appreciates and nurtures their dog's trust and that recognizes the inherent vulnerability in a dog so small.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Late 1800s
Country of Origin: Probably South Africa but China is credited
Original Function: Companion
History: Probably descended from mutations that could have occurred as long ago as times of original domestication. Arid regions would likely allow for the survival of such as the hairless and thus the powderpuff variety to be encouraged by fanciers
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: too large, coat too extensive for hairless but not complete as for PowderPuff,
Health Notes: Patellar Luxation, Legges-Perthe, Allergies, Minor Eye Problems
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Cresteds?
  • How long have you been breeding them?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • What health issues are you aware of?
  • What health concerns do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • How old are your puppies when you send them home?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • Do you microchip your puppies?
  • What suggestions do you have for training, caring for and socializing a Crested pup?
  • What would you consider to be the ideal Crested temperament?
  • What would you consider to be the ideal Crested home?
  • What titles do you seek to put on your breeding stock?
Web Sites: -Chinese Crested Rescue Hope's Haven, Chinese Crested Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard: - UKC Standard for the Chinese Crested

Breeder Ethics:
: Code of Ethics for the Chinese Crested Club in the US

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