Spotlight Breed Chinese Crested

Spotlight Breed: Chinese Crested

Hello and welcome to our Spotlight Breed article of the week!  We are very excited to introduce the Chinese Crested dog today.  This is one of the most interesting breeds out there.  They have almost no desire to go out and run around like regular dogs.  However, they are athletic enough to jump higher fences and compete in agility course competitions.  The Chinese Crested are not super outgoing with strangers, but they are intensely social and bond quickly with their “pack”.

The adaptability of this breed is so-so.  They are highly sensitive, independent thinking and assertive.  This said, it may be a challenge for a first-time dog parent to manage a Chinese Crested.  Since this breed bonds very closely with their family, they are more prone to worry (or even panic) when left alone by the owner.  This breed does best when a family member is home during the day and/or if you can take them to work with you.  Be sure to grab a sweater!  The Chinese Crested is not suitable for cold weather conditions.

As mentioned earlier, the breed has a close bond with their “pack”.  However, given the opportunity, they can be friendly towards other dogs and strangers.  Please be aware that they are shy and indifferent at first.  This is where socialization and basic obedience training come into play.  The Chinese Crested can be very easy to train.  They can form an association between a prompt, an action, and a consequence very quickly.  Watch out though!  They have the tendency to nip, chew, and play-bite.  This can be managed with proper training though.

Several of you may be surprised that the Chinese Crested is a “low-intensity” dog.  They are equivalent to a couch potato with the intention of sleeping the day away if you allowed them to!  Therefore, it is important to choose a breed that matches your own lifestyle and activity level.  If you are super active, the Chinese Crested would not be ideal for you.  We hope that you learned a lot about this amazing breed.  Do you have a Chinese Crested dog?  Be sure to share this article and let us know some fun and interesting facts about your own four-legged friend!