Q: One of my family members is allergic to dogs...Is it true they are non-allergenic?
A: No it is not true...Chinese Crested Dogs still have dander. Dander is one of the reasons why people are allergic to dogs and cats. All dogs have it. The length of the coat or the amount of shedding does not have anything to do with it. However some carry less than other. Both Hairless and Powderpuffs have it. For allergy sufferers dander may not cause any reaction but, for some any small amount will cause a reaction. Therefore for yours and your potential new dog's sake, try to get in contact with a breeder who would invite you to their house and let you experience if indeed your allergies surface before acquiring one. It will save you and your family a possible heartbreak would the dog needs to go back to the breeder. For more information please see this site: http://dogs.about.com/ and type allergies in the search box.
Q: Some have hair and some don't?
A: There is an excellent short article which explains why hairlessness occurs in animals. Please take a moment to visit this site. The Chinese Crested along with other hairless dog breeds carries a recessive gene. All hairless dogs have a coated version. However, only The Chinese Crested dog produces a long coated version which is called the Powderpuff.
Q: Do you shave them this way?
A: In some instance you do. (All faces will need to be shaved if you prefer a cleaner look). The degree of hairlessness varies from dog to dog. The dogs you may have seen at the show or advertised in the magazines are mostly all glamorous with long furnishings (the CREST on the head, the PLUME on the tail, and the SOCKS on their feet). Please visit my grooming page for a real eye opener on how hairy some of the Chinese Crested hairless may really be. As a general rule the more furnishings they have, the more body hair comes with it. Those who are truly hairless and practically care-free do not sport as much furnishings. It sure doesn't take away from their wonderful personality.
I find a Hairy Hairless more work to keep up with the shaving than caring for a Powderpuff coat...another reason to really do your homework before buying. Would you decide to still want the look of the hairy hairless, you may want to start learning on how to use clippers...again visit my grooming section and you will see what is needed for grooming.
Q: I hear they make good apartment dogs...Is this true?
A: Yes and no. Chinese Crested dogs really adapt themselves to any lifestyles, however to truly keep them happy physically and mentally, they do require to be exercised. All dogs, big and small need some degree of exercising. There is nothing less attracting than an overweight dog...especially a hairless one! We live in the city and we find that our dogs do fairly well in the back yard (we have a big yard) by chasing each other, but are at their finest when we go to the off-leash park area or simply for nice walk. They become different temperament wise (happier) and develop some stunning looking muscles. There is nothing prettier than a hairless dog all muscled up and, nothing more satisfying to put your hands on a hard bodied Powderpuff. This stands true in my opinion, for ALL dog BREEDS. I truly believe by frequently exercising your dog, you will contribute keeping your dog younger. Check out my exercise page
Q: Do they bark a lot?
A: It all depends what you let get them away with from the beginning. Consistency is the key. No means no. Not only on certain occasions. It will only confuse your dog. Dogs are like little kids, they like to push their limits. If they are clear on your chosen rules, the less they are to re-offend. This goes for any rules you may set. For example, instead of letting them jump on the sofa (if this is allowed in your family) invite them. Meaning make them wait until you are ready for them to join you. This will come handy for example if you have visitors and they don't want a dog jumping beside or on them. Being that the dog knows right from the beginning that he needs to be invited, will not confuse him if, not invited. Now this is the perfect scenario and it doesn't particularly happen all the time at my house!
Q: Is it true they are allergic to wool?
A: I have not had any of my Chinese Cresteds react to wool so far. This is probably because none of their sweaters or blankets used, are made of pure wool. I image just like human, some may react to it. I have used a deep lanolin conditioner from #1All System, on my show dogs throughout the years and, none of them ever had a reaction. Careful, I supposed I have always been lucky, as someone asked me once what I used on my Powderpuff coats and tried it on their own dog, and apparently the dog started losing its coat!
Q: Do you have to put sunblock or sunscreen on them?
A: Common sense is your best practice. In general, I do not put any on my dogs except if I know they will have to be in the sun for a while. Dog shows are a prime example. Dogs with darker skins are a lot more tolerant than dogs with a lighter skin. There is a difference between sunblock and sunscreen. If you would like to read more about it click here.
Q: How big are they?
A: There is a great deal of size difference in our breed still. As per our breed standard they should be between 9 to 13 inches tall (in Canada) and (10 to 13 in USA). However for different reasons, some may be smaller or bigger. I have experienced both extremities in my breeding program throughout the years (not intentionally). Again this doesn't take away anything as far as their personality goes. If you plan on breeding one day you should stick to what our breed standard ask for. Please don't email or call me to ask if I breed T-Cup size dogs. Breeders, who choose to do so, are simply doing it for the benefit of their own pockets...not for the benefit of the dog. It is well known that smaller dogs have problem having puppies naturally, open fontanels and so on. Cute they are indeed, but please think before buying. There is already enough to worry about trying to buy a healthy dog without knowingly adding some possible problems.
Q: What's their health like?
A: Very good in general. They are a lot sturdier than they appear. For more information on the most common health problems related to this breed, please refer to my common health issues section. You can expect a Chinese Crested to live many happy years without any problems.
Q: What is their personality like?...Do they bark a lot? Are they smart?
A: They are very devoted to their owner; very sweet, and very smart (they easily learn obedience, agility and tricks in no time). They may be reserved with strangers but with good early socialization, they adapt very well to practically everything. It is up to the new owner to shape their dogs personality...the more places they go, the more people they meet, the more dogs they meet the more confident your Chinese Crested will end up being. Something worth mentioning is that Chinese Crested dogs have an extremely good memory. They will remember the good or the bad experiences for a long long time! As for barking, simply remember that if you think it is cute as a puppy, you better think the same when they become adults. Train them early in age that it is not ok to bark just for the sake of barking. Be consistent with your training. The less you commit, the less you can expect...pretty simple.
Q: Are they easy to housetrain?
A: It all depends at what age you will be getting your dog and how consistent you will be with when your puppy first arrives in your home. Puppies are like light switch...they are either off or on. And when they are on, they are so busy playing and discovering new places that the last thing they think of is, that they have to go do their business. When they suddenly feel they need to go, quite often it will not be close to where you have set up an area, or outside. Take them out frequently and stay with them so they do not feel lost without your presence at first. Consistency is your best friend when it comes to housetrain your puppy.
If you already have an older dog at home, the puppy will most likely learn quicker as he/she will copy the older dog. All my puppies are 90% paper train by the time they leave at age 9 to 10 weeks. It is of course a lot harder to train a puppy in the winter time, a Hairless one that is. The Chinese Crested dogs are really smart and will catch on very quickly.
If your puppy needs to master a set of stairs to go outside it may take a little longer and a little encouragement goes a long way. You can not expect puppies from any breeds to be housetrain if you have a full time job. There is NO way a puppy can hold all day.
They do need water at all time and do drink....and what comes in must come out! At first if you want your puppy to last longer at bedtime, you may want to take their food and water away when you go to bed. Common sense is the key. You should try to take your puppy at least every couple of hours outside, when your puppy get up from a nap either place him immediately on his designated area or take him out...patience will be needed. Some days your puppy might be "accident free" however the next day, they may act as you never taught them anything. If you are at home for your puppy you should expect your new baby to be housetrained within a month or less, that is if you are consistent. NEVER EVER will it be ok to use a crate as a form of punishment nor will it EVER be ok to crate your dog all day. All puppies should be properly crate trained and think of the crate as their own little safe den. NEVER will it be ok to assume young puppies should of have known better. Now that said, your puppy could have some minor bladder infection which would keep him from holding, and a visit to the vet should be done in order to be sure.
Q: What colour do they come in?
A: They come in all colours. I do not breed for any particular colours. When I have happy, healthy puppies, I am satisfied with my blessings.
Q: When will the Powderpuff lose its coat?
A: Never, unless you shave it. Chinese Crested dogs are either born Hairless or Powderpuff. The coat length & type (some have coarser, thinner coats) may vary from different bloodlines, care, activities, etc.
Q: How often do you have to bathe them?
A: Depending on what your lifestyle is. They should always remain clean. Many of my friends and new puppy owners shower with their Chinese Crested. Even daily for some. And, just as you would do for your own skin they will benefit from a mild non perfumed body lotion after bathing. I bathe mine about once a week...My companion puffs get bathed once every 10 - 15 days, and about twice a week if I am currently showing or growing a show coat. As for brushing I brush my show Powderpuffs every day (keep a nice conditioning spray on hand, this will lessen the split ends and buy a good quality brush). As for my hairless guys, I brush as needed. This is an excellent opportunity to spend quiet time with your dog.
These are the most commonly questions I have been asked. If you have additional inquiries, by all mean, please feel free to contact me. ...