What should you take into consideration before getting a Chinese Crested?
First and foremost; Do you really want a dog for the next 10-15 years, have you got enough time and the finances to take care of it? It is very rewarding having a dog, but it is also a lot of work, you are much more tied down and it does cost a fair bit.
Have you got enough knowledge of the breed to be sure this is the breed for you? It could be a good idea to visit some breeders of CCs or go to a dog show to see CCs live and learn more about the breed.
Be careful when choosing a breeder. There are many serious and unserious ones on the market, so donít just go with the first you happen to come across. Itís a good idea to ask around and ask for references.
All CCs that are to be used in breeding should as a minimum be tested for PL (Patella Luxeration), dry eyes and have their eyes checked by a specialist. An eye check should be done at the most a year ago when a dog is to be mated. Ask for papers that the parent dogs have had the proper health-testing.
Always visit a breeder before buying a puppy from them to make sure they are kept under good conditions.
Ask a lot of questions. What is important to the breeder in his or her breeding work? How are the puppies socialized? Ask for tips about how to groom a CC, which products the breeders recommend, how you should best socialize your puppy etc.
Never pay a deposit on a puppy before itís decided which particular dog will be yours. You should also ideally meet both the breeder and the puppy before paying a deposit. It is common that a deposit is 10-20% of the total cost of the dog.
Always write a contract with the breeder before taking your puppy home. The puppy should be at least 8 weeks before it is taken from its mother. With the puppy you should get a paper from a veterinary no older than one week about its health, information about any de-worming and vaccination the puppy has been given, its feeding and grooming habits and a contract signed by both you and the breeder.