About Chinese Crested
Chinese Crested comes in two varieties, with and without fur. The furred variety is called Powder Puff. The Puffs have a beautiful veil-like fur that cover their entire body. The naked have no hair on their bodies, but has crest, socks and on hair on their tail, plume. Both varieties of the breed are correct and equally represent the Chinese Crested.
How is this funny, cute little dog then? The first thing people usually notice after they’ve finished studying its unique appearance, is their large and bubbly personality. A CC is a lot of dog in a small body! Despite their size, they have a lot of stamina and are very springy which makes them excellent for things like agility. They handle long walks well and with their agile body, they have few problems finding their way in rougher terrain. You will often see CCs standing, jumping or walking on two legs. This is something they usually start doing all by themselves from puppy age.
This is a lively breed, but they are also calm and easy to have indoors. They are very happy being “couch potatoes” with their owners as long as they get some physical and mental stimulation as well. The CC gets very attached to their people and has a great need for closeness. They are jokingly nicknamed “the Velcro dog” because they love laying close against their owner. If you have a CC, you usually have a shadow following you wherever you go, lay on your lap or by your side all the time. The CCs are not happy being on their own too much and it’s best for them not having to be home alone a lot. They are the happiest when they get to go along everywhere and get along well with other dogs and usually cats too. The enormous devotion the CC shows their owner is greatly appreciated by those owning the breed, but if you’re looking for a dog that is very self-reliant and entertains itself for longer periods of time, this might not be the best breed of choice.
The CCs can be somewhat reserved, but should not be scared or aggressive by nature. Some CC loves all people they come across while others need a bit of time to get used to strangers. Generally, they are easy to train and intelligent, but are often very stubborn too. With a bit of patience and a lot of positive reinforcement they can excel in obedience, tracking and work well as therapy dogs.