Do Chinese crested dogs lose their hair?
Many choose to shave their Powderpuff in a “Pony Cut” leaving long hair on the bottom of legs, tail, head and crest for an easy care coat. Powderpuffs are very clean and have no odor. This breed has “little to no shedding”. (see Moult).
What is the life expectancy of a Chinese crested Powderpuff?
Cresteds are considered good dogs for allergy sufferers due to their natural lack of hair. Sunburn and sensitivity to extreme cold or hot temperatures are problematic for this breed. Otherwise, the Chinese Crested tends to be a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 12-13 years.
What’s the difference between hairless and powderpuff Chinese Crested Dogs?
Hairless Chinese Crested Dogs often lack a full set of premolar teeth, but this is not considered a fault. A Powderpuff has a long, soft coat. Both Hairless and Powderpuff varieties can appear in the same litter. The look of the Powderpuff varies according to how it is groomed.
What should I do with my powderpuff Chinese Crested?
Grooming. There are several options for grooming your Powderpuff Chinese Crested. They can be totally natural, with long hair, a furry face, and long ear hair. They can be shaved down into the same pattern as a hairless, with long hair only on their head, feet, and tail (usually referred to as a “pony cut”).
Why does my Chinese Crested have so much hair?
Hairlessness varies a great deal due to how the hairless gene (explained in greater detail below) expresses its self in each individual dog, so a Hairless Chinese Crested with more hair will require more grooming.
What kind of fur does a Chinese Crested have?
THE CHINESE CRESTED. The Chinese Crested, fondly called the Crestie or Puff, comes in two “types:” the hairless and the Powderpuff. The Hairless type has soft, human like skin, as well as tufts of fur on its paws (“socks”), tail (“plume”) and long, flowing hair on its head (“crest”). The Powderpuff has a long, soft, fine, double coat.
What makes a Chinese Crested a powderpuff dog?
As odd as it may seem, the genes that create the distinctive hairless appearance are actually dominant to those of the more mainstream Powderpuffs. It is not possible to “breed out” the Powderpuffs because all Chinese Cresteds carry the recessive gene. 2. They have a lot of hair for “hairless” dogs.
Why does my Chinese Crested Dog have no hair?
But, their hairlessness, though intentional, is actually an inherited disorder called ectodermal dysplasia. According to a 2012 study, the FOX13 gene in Chinese crested (and Mexican hairless and Peruvian hairless) dogs is responsible for the presence of ectodermal dysplasia in the aforementioned hairless breeds.
What to do with a hairless Chinese Crested?
Even without allergies, the hairless skin must be kept clean and dry, else the hair follicles can plug up, leading to blackheads. Use only warm water and a gentle herbal cleanser with no chemicals. Dry thoroughly. Sunburn is an obvious problem in a hairless dog, so don’t expose hairless Chinese Cresteds to excessive sun.
Are there any health problems with a Chinese Crested Dog?
Quick list of Chinese Crested health problems. The hairless variety is prone to skin problems – blackheads if the skin isn’t kept clean and dry, sunburning if explosed to too much sun, and chronic allergies that cause itching and bacterial infections. Hairless dogs also tend to have weak, missing, or misshapen teeth.