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Chinese Crested – Fun Facts and Crate Size

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Chinese Crested - Fun Facts and Crate Size

Chinese Crested

Quick Facts:

  • AKC recognized in 1991
  • Lifespan: 13 – 18 years
  • Size: Small
  • Energy: Medium
  • Recommended Crate Size: 24” dog crate*

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The Chinese Crested breed was ranked 77th in popularity in 2016. Although they have Chinese in their name, they may not actually be from China. It is believed that the origins of the breed could be Africa, counting the African Hairless dog among its ancestors. Some experts also believe that the Chinese Crested shares close genetic relation to the Mexican Hairless Dog.

This dog breed was really popular among Chinese sailors in the 13th century, which likely explains its name. Its popularity during these times is because this dog is a natural-born ratter. By catching rodents on the ship, they were able to prevent disease such as the Black Plague. The dog itself did not contribute to the spread of disease since they are hairless, and so they were free from fleas.

Besides being a ratter, the Chinese Crested is often used as a companion for people with intellectual disability too. Many people also breed it to compete in pageant competitions. In fact, this dog won 10 out of 16 events from 2000 to 2016. The most popular winner is a pure Chinese Crested named Sam for winning 3 times in a row. Even if these wins are for the world's most ugliest dogs, a large number of people find this breed beautiful.


The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Chinese Crested in 1991. These medium energy dogs are known as alert, lively, and affectionate. They are also quite loyal and entertaining. This dog breed can at times be really athletic and agile. Often their cat-like behavior makes them prefer to stay at home instead of going outside.

They love to follow their owner from one room to another. Despite being affectionate, the Chinese Crested is not as sociable as other breeds. As such, owners should supervise them whenever they meet with other dogs. In addition, they also do not easily accept strangers, which often leads to them barking at visitors on the other side of your door.


There are 2 types of the Chinese Crested dog breed: Powderpuff and Hairless. Powderpuff has a full layer of fur around the body. In contrast, the Hairless only has tufts of fur on paw (Socks), head (Crest), and its tail (Plume). This dog breed is available in plenty of colors such as slate, chocolate, or even pink.

The skin color may change along with the season. The warmer the temperature is, the darker the skin. The Chinese Crested has a weight range from 7-12 pounds with a height of 10-13 inches.


It is recommended to provide feed formulated to small-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.


The Hairless and Powderpuff varieties have different types of care. If you choose the one with full fur (Powderpuff), you should give it a little brushing every single day. If you choose the hairless one, you need to make sure that they are not sun-burned or exposed to cold weather.


The Chinese Crested does not require much exercises since they do not like outdoor activities. That being said, they will still love (and benefit from) having a daily walk with you. In addition, be sure to provide indoor activities for this breed to supplement its energy needs.

Pet Crate Size

Pet Crates Direct recommends 24” dog crates for most adult Chinese Crested dogs.


* Links for crate sizes will bring you to the most appropriate Amazon page.

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