I have a Chinese Crested Powder Puff, Peanut, he is now eight years old. He is a very independent grouchy old man. Although he will give us the time of day when we play with him. He loves to chase his "baby" and bring it back. I think the main problem with him is his allergies which this breed is prone too and he has arthritis in his back legs. Doesn't like his medicine and puts up a fuss. When we went on a cruise our neighbors from down the road babysat all our critters well Peanut would not even let them in the house although when we are there he is very friendly with them. Quite a watch dog. Still doesn't now what to make of his new sister Whatever. He was easy to train but when we moved to the country his potty training for some reason went out the window. He never poops in the house but has a hard time waiting to pee so he does wear a diaper. Be very, very careful during the hot weather, they will sunburn very easily. When I am out in the garden and if Peanut wants to join me I put a sunscreen all over him. Even though he is a Powder Puff his skin is pink and will sunburn. He never stays out long although I know he would love to. As a puppy the previous owner had dropped him and he hit his soft spot and went into a coma which we think may be the reason for his agression. We did adopt him since we have no children and couldn't see him put to sleep. We just muzzle him when we have to give him a bath or clip him or his nails. Very friendly as long as we are with him.
Good luck with you new baby and I know you will love him. Didn't mean to give you all the downsides and this is just my experience with OUR dog.
A few very good things never ever has chewed anything up, good watchdog, loves to play and he was easy to train except after the move. Plays well with our outside dogs but still likes to be Alpha which is funny when he tries it on our Great Pyr who just looks at him as if he is nuts.
I have read a lot about them as well, and heard that they don't adapt to change quite as well as other dogs, and are very attached to their owners.. this might be why he was a bit agressive when you went away.. the move could have also affected him, or it might just be his age, he sounds like he's getting up there!
Would you do it again if you had the chance? Would you take another Chinese Crested Dog?
All of our animals are either from a shelter or a rescue if I lived in the city I would get another powderpuff and/or crested but being in the country if and when we decide to get another dog we will get a big dog that loves to run. We just adopted, about two months ago, a chi/pap/ter???. Whatever that was abused, she is only 2lbs and we will never be able to let her out without supervision because, as crazy as this sounds, a chicken hawk would pick her up in a second. Nobody wanted Whatever because she was pretty bald and starved and just a little mess so we took her that is the only reason for another small dog.
Peanut our Powder Puff is 12 lbs and is really a cute dog and if I could go back yes I would adopt him again because, even though he gets grouchy, wears a diaper, takes medication he is still a member of the family.
Should add he is pure white so we are extra extra careful with him in the sun. When he does come in we put aloe vera lotion on his skin if he looks too pink. He is usually a greasy mess in the summer what with sunscreen and lotion but he does get a bath every two weeks.
***Edited By: EIEIO on 2/20/2005 1:26:48 PM*** Reason: added
Wow, I had no idea you still have to put the lotion on the Powderpuffs, I figured the fur would take care of that, but I do realize it is a different kind of fur than a regular dog, moreso hair than fur, but that still surprised me. I think for the most part our guy will be an indoors fella, aside from the regular walk once per day. Our breeder has been so helpful to us, she answers all our questions, and she sends me pics of him once per week. She really is great. If you have pics of yours, send them by! That's all the pics I have of mine for now!!
He's really cute! I like the short furdo on him.. your's ears stick up too.. mine go down. My breeder doesn't crop their ears either, as showing a Chinese Crested in Canada here, we accept either type, up ears or down.
I agree! I think he looks great like that.. I actually asked my breeder about it, I was thinking she would crop them and I was going to ask her not to. She said she will not touch any ears of her dogs, they are all natural and would never do that. I've never really understood it myself. I think the natural look of the breed is so nice.
Peanut's ears have not been cropped, when I had taken her to the Vets I had asked if the ears should stand up, she told me just to cut the hair short. Well I did and they did. When his hair is a little longer in the real bad winter his ears do flop back down.
Once he was real dingy gray so I tried using the bluing that little old ladies use on their gray hair, not this little old lady, anyway big mistake, used too much and poor Peanut was blue for about two weeks.