The Chinese crested dog is a hairless breed of dog. Like most hairless dog breeds, the Chinese crested comes in two varieties, with and without fur, which are born in the same litter: the Powder Puff and the Hairless.
Links to Breed Descriptions:
AKC Video Link
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Other Names for Breed:
Chinese Crested Dog, Hairless
Chinese crested, hairless
Chien chinois à crête/à poil vaporeux et houppette
Perro crestado chino
Chinese Crested Dog, Powder Puff
Chinese crested, powder puff
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club:
Health and Well-Being:
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
Three of the major international standards are:
The American Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, UK
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. Finland: Finnish Kennel Club Database: Chinese Crested Dog: https://jalostus.kennelliitto.fi/frmEtusivu.aspx?R=288
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents:
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
The Kennel Club, UK: Breed Watch (Category 2)
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Finland: Health information/Statistics
The Kennel Club 2004 : Chinese Crested Pedigree Breed Health Survey: chinese crested.pdf
The Kennel Club: Breed Population Analysis, Chinese Crested: CHINESE CRESTED.pdf
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages:
Canine Chronicle: The Chinese Crested
Paw Print Genetics and Paw Print Pedigrees | Health Database
Parker, H. G., Harris, A., Dreger, D. L., Davis, B. W., & Ostrander, E. A. (2017). The bald and the beautiful: hairlessness in domestic dog breeds. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 372(1713), 20150488. https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2015.0488 | https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5182420/
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Canada: Chinese Crested Club of Canada
UK: Chinese Crested dog Club
The Chinese Crested Club Of Great Britain
USA: American Chinese Crested Club
Finland: Finnish Chinese Crested Association