Chinese Crested

The Chinese Crested Dog is a small dog breed that was carefully bred to its modern-day version in China. It comes in two varieties - the Powderpuff (with hair) and Hairless. Some historians believe that this breed was created in order to keep the company to people with physical and mental disabilities. These dogs are able to lay in the same spot for hours upon hours and not get bored or feel the urge to move and run around.

The two varieties of these dogs can come in the same litter and from the same parents. It can be quite surprising for people to see both hairless puppies and puppies with hair in the same litter.

Their ability to stay still for hours and “laziness” does not mean that these dogs don’t like physical activity, on the contrary, they can be extremely active and agile. They excel at dog sports such as agility and are able to move really fast. They are very devoted and loyal to their human family, some might even say they are a bit needy. They will become so attached to their owner that they would like to be with you constantly, even demand that they sleep in the same bed as you. That cannot be said for strangers. They are not the best breed if you have company or guests often as they can react quite aggressively.

Chinese Crested Height


11-13 in (28-33 cm)

Chinese Crested Weight


8–12 lb (3.5–5.5 kg)

Chinese Crested Origin



Chinese Crested Life Expectancy

Life Expectancy:

13-18 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health

FCI standard

This is a very old dog breed so it is no wonder that these dogs have a standard in place. The FCI or the Federation Cynologique Internationale is a large union of 98 national cynology associations and their standard for the Chinese Crested Dogs describes them as being small, active, and graceful. These dogs are placed in Group 9 (Companion and Toy Dogs) Section 4 (Hairless breeds). These dogs do not have a working trial. The requested size of these dogs according to this standard is 11 - 13 in (28 - 33 cm) for the male dogs and 9 - 12 in (23 - 30 cm) for the female dogs.

This breed was registered by the FCI on the 17th of July 1972.


AKC standard

The governing cynology association in the United States of America is called the American Kennel Club or AKC. They are an extremely prestigious cynology association that has a standard in place for this breed. This standard describes them as being elegant, graceful, playful, and loving companions. The required size according to this standard is 11 - 13 in (28 - 33 cm) for both sexes and exceptionally well-built dogs that are outside of these measurements might be taken in consideration in the show ring. 

This breed was registered by the AKC in 1991.

Chinese Crested breeders

If you are a fan of this breed and interested in getting one of these dogs, make sure you find a registered, respectable, and reputable Chinese Crested Dog breeder. Good breeders are most likely taking care of the bloodline they are creating and have the best interest of their dogs in mind. Quality breeding is the most important thing to keep in mind when you are looking for a breeder of your desired dog breed. We are sure you will get a great companion and family member if you decide to get a Chinese Crested Dog.


World Dog Finder team