Chinese Crested Dog
Chinese Crested dogs are an active, lively, and alert toy breed standing between 11 and 13 inches high and typically weighing around 12 pounds. They are happy and highly intelligent companions. The Chinese Crested’s coat can be hairless or coated. The hairless variety has smooth, soft skin and tufs of hair on the head, tail, and ankles. Contrary to their name, the breed developed from African or Mexican hairless dogs. Cresties are usually quick to capture the hearts of many.
Common Health Conditions
- Allergies can cause itchy skin and secondary infections. Crested’s also frequently suffer from dry skin, and sometimes from comedones, or blackheads, so regular skin care is essential for the hairless variety.
- Sometimes your Crested’s kneecap (patella) may slip out of place (called patellar luxation). You might notice that he runs along and suddenly picks up a back leg and skips or hops for a few strides. Then he kicks his leg out sideways to pop the kneecap back in place, and he’s fine again.
- Mast cell tumors are a particularly nasty type of skin cancer found more often in Powderpuff Chinese Crested Dogs, and the sooner they are surgically removed the better. Trouble is, they often look just like other kinds of skin lumps and lesions, some of which are harmful, and others not.