About the Chinese Crested:
First of all – beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and once you behold one of these gorgeous little dogs racing across the lawn with the sheer joy of living, or look into their expressive eyes as they snuggle close to you, well, its going to be love.
Chinese Cresteds are small dogs, seven to twelve pounds fully grown, ten to twelve inches tall. Like some other breeds, they come in a couple different varieties. Unlike some other breeds, their varieties are so different that people don’t believe you when you say, “yeah, they are the same kind.” There are the powderpuffs. Fluffy little bundles of joy. The coat is soft, silky, and mostly non shedding. They come in a variety of colors and its fun to see the differences.
The other variety is the kind that make people go WOW, or What is that? And that’s the hairless kind. They have some hair, on their heads, their feet and a plume of a tail. (as a side note, many of the ‘hairless’ you see in show rings are shaved powderpuffs. Most of the hairless don’t have that much thick hair).
Both kinds are smart. They love their people and enjoy being with them, very much. Any time I sit down on the couch, I will have three or more on my lap. Any time I’m at the computer, there are several at my feet. I always have company in the yard.
Unlike some small breeds, they are not excessive barkers, and if you are diligent, aren’t too hard to housebreak. They are elegant, small boned creatures and look like little deer running across the lawn. They love to jump, and love to play. They figure out what you want fairly quickly and will try to please you. They are fairly sturdy, despite their elegance, and while care has to be given to make sure they don’t sunburn or freeze, they aren’t high maintenance. These dogs make excellent companions for gentle children. The Cresteds are also wonderful with older people, a long walk and some snuggles and they are happy dogs. Some can be trained for therapy dogs, and if you are interested or have a need for that, drop me a line.