Lively, alert and loving, the Chinese crested stands between 11- to 13-inches tall, weighs up to 12 pounds, can be hairless or coated, and comes in a variety of colors. If you choose a hairless crested, shedding and doggy odor won't be much of a problem, but they are less likely to tolerate cold, so keep them covered.
The crested was also a ratter and accompanied Chinese sailors on their many voyages. Today, these affectionate pups are playful, happy and devoted to their humans. They are a strong-willed breed that needs proper guidance, as they can be hard to house train, but they make keen watchdogs and do well with humans and animals of all shapes and sizes.