Chin Crested

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Chin Crested History

The Chin Crested is a medium-sized, short-haired terrier. The Chin is an elegant, well-proportioned, and elegant-looking animal, with a pleasant disposition. The origin of the Chinese Crested is unknown. Nonetheless, there are early references to this breed of dogs. According to one legend, the ancestor of the Chinese crested was the “Cat of Siam”, which crossed the straits into China during the Han dynasty. In Buddhist mythology, Kublai Khan is said to have received the first litter of Chinese crested from Srivijaya, a kingdom on the island of Sumatra, which at that time was the center of the spice trade.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Chin Crested Physical Characteristics

The Chin Crested is a medium, large-sized, long-haired breed of cat that originates in China. It is sometimes called the “Chinese Siamese”. The breed has a wedge-shaped head with a rounded forehead and wide nostrils. It has a short, thick, and glossy coat of red, orange, or cream that may have a “chin-strap”.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

White, Black, Sable, Blue

Height Range

Male Height Range: 5 – 11 inches

Female Height Range: 5 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 5 – 10 lbs

Female Weight Range: 5 – 10 lbs

Chin Crested Health

Description of breed health.


10-14 yrs

Chin Crested Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Progressive Cerebellar Ataxia, Patellar Luxation, Cataracts, Hypothyroidism, Sunburn, Corneal Dystrophy, Atopy Dermatitis

Chin Crested Temperament and Behaviour

The Chin Crested is an energetic, independent, and very intelligent breed of dog. They are easily trained and usually do well in obedience, but they also tend to be stubborn at times. They love to play and are fairly social, but they can also be aloof and standoffish. They are loyal to their owners, but can be wary of strangers, which can make some of them effective guard dogs.

Chin Crested Activity Requirements

The Chin is a spitz-type dog that is small and compact. They tend to have long, silky hair, which is prone to tangling. They are lively and alert, with friendly personalities. Chins are a moderately high energy breed that does well in homes with yards. While they don’t require extensive amounts of daily activity, they do enjoy an outing or two. A brisk walk around the block, a trip to the dog park, or a game of tug are all great ways to keep your Chin healthy and happy. If you are thinking about getting a Chin, keep in mind that they do require regular grooming. Their thick, long coats can mat and tangle easily, so be sure to brush your Chin regularly.

Miles Per Day

4 miles

Activity Per Day

15 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chin Crested is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chin Crested is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Chin Crested is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chin Crested is part of the Unclassified group.

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