How to care for chinese crested hairless puppies

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How to care for chinese crested hairless puppies
Chinese crested hairless (Chinese crested dog puppy playing - big jump image by Gleb Semenjuk from

The Chinese crested hairless breed is among one of the most unusual-looking dogs. Sporting smooth skin with hair only on its head, ears and feet, the hairless Chinese crested often causes double-takes in passersby. Puppies of this breed require a certain amount of care in order to stay healthy and prevent future problems. Fortunately, caring for hairless Chinese crested puppies is quite simple, thanks to their generally easy-going and docile natures.

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Things you need

  • Brush
  • Comb
  • Hypoallergenic, fragrance- and oil-free moisturising lotion
  • Exfoliating cream
  • Moisturising and conditioning shampoo
  • Sunblock
  • Dog sweater
  • Dog toothpaste and toothbrush
  • Puppy food designed for small breeds

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    Brush or comb your Chinese crested puppy daily. These types of dogs require daily grooming, and getting your puppy used to the process at a young age will make it easier on it--and you--when it is older. Use a brush with soft bristles to avoid irritating the skin.

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    Apply hypoallergenic, fragrance- and oil-free moisturising lotion to your Chinese crested puppy. Their skin can become quite dry if lotion is not applied. Apply the lotion as needed, but particularly after it receives a bath. Most Chinese crested puppies require baths once a month and benefit from using moisturising and conditioning shampoos. In addition, recommends using exfoliating cream to remove dead skin and keep your puppy soft and smooth.

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    Rub sunblock on your Chinese crested puppy when you take it outdoors. Because of the lack of hair and full exposure of skin, a Chinese crested puppy can become sunburned quite easily. Therefore, either keep your puppy indoors or apply a high SPF to its skin.

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    Place a sweater on the puppy when you take it outdoors in cold temperatures. Because of their lack of hair, Chinese crested hairless puppies often become chilled when exposed to low temperatures. By supplying the puppy with a sweater, you can help it to stay warmer.

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    Brush your Chinese crested puppy's teeth daily, beginning at a young age. According to, the Chinese crested is prone to dental problems. Brushing your puppy's teeth will help to avoid some of these issues and it will become used to the process if you start when the puppy is young. Use toothpastes and brushes that are designed for small dogs.

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    Feed your Chinese crested puppy food that is designed for small breeds. Not all Chinese crested puppies have full sets of teeth and therefore require small kibble. In addition, avoid overfeeding your puppy, as doing so can cause obesity.

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