- WEIGHT: 75 to 95 lbs
- HEIGHT: 22 to 26 inches
- COLOR(S): Solid black or tan/gold with a black saddle; black nose, grey with lighter or brown markings (sables). Whites, livers, and blues not recognized.
- BREED GROUP: Herding
Chinese Crested - Powderpuff
WEIGHT: 7-12 lbs.
HEIGHT: 10-13 inches
COLOR(S): Any color or combo of colors
The Powderpuff Chinese Crested is a elegant and graceful dog who makes a loving companion, playful and entertaining. The Puff's coat is long and silky soft. It is a family friendly breed, not aggressive toward children or other animals. They do not make good kennel dogs, since they love the companionship of their family. They can be timid of strangers if not properly socialized as a puppy. Odorless, non-shedding, and hypo-allergenic make them a great dog for allergy sufferers. They have been described as having "a supermodel look, with a saint personality."
Powderpuffs are very affectionate, lively, playful, and love to be cuddled. This breed is exceptionally loving and likes to hug & smile. Many are known to be wonderful "singers." They are great with children, very forgiving, therefore should not be taken advantage of with rough handling. They are an entertaining companion, intelligent, and very willing to learn. This breed tends to be on the timid side with strangers if not properly socialized at an early age. The Powderpuff Chinese Crested have been known to preform well in agility, obedience, and other dog related activities. They can easily be taught to fetch & retrieve. They are not typically small dog barky, although they will alert you to something new in their surroundings. These dogs become very attached to their owners and would have difficulty adjusting to a new home. They are often referred to as being very "rag doll", sleeping & cuddling in very awkward positions.
The Powderpuff is entirely covered with a double, very soft, straight coat. Although a Puff's coat does not continuously grow, it can grow to be quite long at full length. A weekly bath & frequent brushing will help prevent matting. For an optimal coat, never brush when dry or dirty. A lite spray of water, or grooming spray to their coat is recommended before brushing. Many choose to shave their Puff in a "Pony Cut" leaving long hair on bottom of legs, tail, head and crest for an easy care coat. Puff's are very clean and have no doggie odor.
The Powderpuff is not affected by many of the congenital diseases found in other toy breeds. They are, however, prone to some of these conditions listed. Eye problems such as lens luxation, glaucoma, and PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), luxating patellas, and Legg-Pethes disease.
Powderpuffs enjoy getting outdoors for daily exercise, although they are not a high energy breed. They are great for apartment or city living, but being very versatile, also love country living and long hikes.
Being a very intelligent breed, this dog does well in obedience type sports. Consistency is a must, however this breed can be relatively sensitive and should have a gentle trainer. The Powderpuff is great at learning and performing tricks.
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