Illustration of Chinese Crested

There is evidence that the breed goes back to the time of the Han Dynasty in China, where there were larger types of the breed used for hunting. Here is another example of the miniaturisation of a sporting breed. The name of the breed describes the coat pattern of the hairless variety – a crest of fine hair running from the head and down the neck to the withers. Socks of hair cover the toes and a fine plume adorns the end of the tail. The full coated 'Powder Puff' variety is covered entirely by a fine veil of hair.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 30 minutes per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.


  • Powder Puff

The Toy Breed Group

The Toy breeds are small companion or lap dogs. Many of the Toy breeds were bred for this capacity although some have been placed into this category simply due to their size. They should have friendly personalities and love attention. They do not need a large amount of exercise and some can be finicky eaters.

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