Dog Breed Guide: Chinese Crested

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A Chinese Crested dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Chinese Crested

Height (to base of neck): 11 – 13″

Weight:  5 – 12lb

Color: Haired varieties can be any color.

Origin: China

Coat: Two varieties exist, the hairless have no body hair but have silky hair on the head, tail and extremities.  The Powderpuff variety is fully haired with a double hair coat.

Life Expectancy: 12 – 13 years

Energy level: Moderate

Exercise needs: Moderate

Breed Nicknames: Crested, Crestie, Powderpuff, Chinese Hairless

Is a Chinese Crested the Right Dog Breed for You?

Initially the Chinese Crested was used by sailors onboard to control vermin.  Today they are used as companion animals.  They are lively, friendly and affectionate.  They do well in urban living and can be housed in apartments.  They do not tolerate extreme temperatures and can sunburn easily.  Grooming needs are low, but they require regular bathing.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Chinese Crested 

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Bacterial Dermatitis  $389  $1,109
 Skin Allergies  $591  $1,871
 Ear Infections  $124  $150
 Pancreatitis  $448  $522

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