Popular not only because of their unique physical appearance and grooming, they are also extremely versatile with either apartment living, or being out in more urban or farm areas. They are affectionate, loving to garner the attention of their owners. As long as they are by the side of an owner or their family, they are content.
The Chinese Crested Powderpuff is extremely sensitive, and responds with positive-conditioning training. They are extremely alert to negative stimulus, so if surrounded by children or people who are not as dog-savvy, it is important to let them know that they must be gentle with this breed.
They are more prone to learning fun tricks and things to amuse their companion, so toys and imaginative games and approaches are highly encouraged.
Cresteds are reportedly a pleasure to own, willing to please, and gets along well if there are any other dogs in the family.
In spite of their size, they are not known for barking unless if there is perceived danger nearby. They are excellent watchdogs, and are known for being receptive to what their owner is feeling.
The Chinese Crested grows to about thirteen pounds, and up to thirteen inches in height to match.
The obvious trait that is different between the Powderpuff and the Hairless Chinese Crested dog is whether or not they have an incomplete dominant trait within the breed. This means that both kinds can appear in the same litter, though their appearance is more evident when they are more mature and grown.
When fully grown, the Powderpuff has a very long, soft coat. Though with each individual dog, their hair is independently varied, especially on how they are groomed.
Most typically, a standard cut has the Chinese Crested shaved around the snout, ridding the breed of the more “terrier” look for when its hair is grown freely. The more difficult part about having a Chinese Crested is that they have a double-coat, which is both extremely soft and long. Their hair is notoriously known for getting into mats, specifically around the ears, legs, and side of face, if not attended to properly. While their hair does not continuously grow like how it may on other mammals, their hair does grow at an extensive length, so it is important to trim the coat regularly. The most common cut that Crested owners have is the “pony cut”–whereby they shave the entirety of the dog, excluding long trails of hair on the bottom of its legs, tail, head, and crest.
A common grooming technique used for the Powderpuff is to “mist” the hair with primarily water, and a good conditioner, before applying a pin brush.
While the history of any kind of Chinese Crested remains still to be researched, it is known that in the 1950’s, a woman by the name of Deborah Wood made it a point of creating a “Crest Haven,” recording and breeding whatever lineages that she witnessed.
Later on, in the later 1960’s to 1970’s, the famous burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee similarly bred them, and incorporated them into Wood’s haven. Almost any line of the Chinese Crested can be traced back to these two women and their hard work, allowing owners the pleasure of owning these dogs.