Chinese Crestese

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Chinese Crestese History

The Chinese Crested is a very small, hairless, and uniquely crested, toy-breed. The head is rounded and wedge-shaped with a profile that slopes down to a point. The ears are upright, triangular, set high on the head, and covered with short, fine hair. The eyes are oval, dark, and almond shaped. The nose is black. The body is medium to stocky, with tails that are either bushy or straight. The coat is silky, soft, and of medium length. The color varies, from pure white to black, blue, or brown. The origins of the toy-breed are disputed. Some believe the Crested comes from the Americas, while others believe they originate from China. The creation of today’s Chinese Crested is credited to Mary Carillo, a Cuban-born American, who spent 20 years working in entertainment.

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Country of Origin

United States Of America

Chinese Crestese Physical Characteristics

The Chinese Crested is a small, long-haired breed of domestic cat with a hairless head, ears, and tail. The breed is known for its resemblance to the Chinese lion. It has a relatively long and slender body and large, rounded paws. The fur grows on the forehead, cheeks, and chin in a “jowl”. The body is densely covered with fur. The legs are short, the feet are round, and the claws are retractable. The body has a slightly arched back and the tail is obliquely curved. The fur has a slight wave. The eyes are generally almond-shaped. The whiskers are bushy. The cat has a sweet temperament.

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 8 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 10 – 14 lbs

Female Weight Range: 10 – 12 lbs

Chinese Crestese Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Chinese Crestese Health Concerns

Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Hip Dysplasia, Patent Ductus Arteriosus, Hemophilia, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca

Chinese Crestese Temperament and Behaviour

The Chinese Crested is an intelligent and sociable dog. They tend to be shy and wary of strangers until they are properly introduced, but once they do, they are friendly and outgoing. Chinese Cresteds get along well with children and other household pets. They are generally calm dogs and can be prone to becoming overweight, so it is important to keep them healthy and active.

Chinese Crestese Activity Requirements

The Chineese Crestese is a toy-size dog that originated in China. They are loyal, intelligent, and eager to please, making them an ideal family pet. While the Chinese Crestese is not a high-energy dog, they do require a moderate amount of activity. A daily walk and some playtime in the backyard should be enough to keep your Chinese Crestese happy and healthy. They are an intelligent, active, and playful dog that enjoys playing games and interacting with their humans. If you are looking for a lively companion, the Chinese Crestese may be a great choice for you.

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Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chinese Crestese is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chinese Crestese is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Chinese Crestese is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Chinese Crestese is part of the Unclassified group.

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