Chinese Crested

Toy Group

Two Chinese Crested Dogs sitting in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

11-13 in

Weight

8-12 lbs

Life Expectancy

13-18 yrs

History

The history of the Chinese Crested is a bit unclear, but it is believed that they originated in ancient times when large, hairless dogs were brought to China from Africa. They were eventually shrunk down and used on Chinese trading vessels to hunt rats that had found their way on board. During their travels, the Chinese Cresteds were distributed to ports all around the world.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Chinese Cresteds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆

★★★★★

★☆

★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Playful, happy, and affectionate

Demand a large amount of attention and can be clingy- they generally don't like being home alone for long 

Can read moods and emotions very well and will try to console any sad family member

Great jumping, climbing, and digging abilities, which make for a great escape artist

Not uncommon for them to be missing teeth, as there's a genetic link with hairlessness