|Barked: Mon Oct 14, '13 9:43pm PST |
|No, Chinese Cresteds are not particularly fragile. I wouldn't have any serious concern about a Crested with an eight-year-old who has good impulse control and has decent adult supervision and guidance. If the breed history is even halfway correct, they were shipboard ratters on Chinese ships (the reason they are "Chinese" Cresteds despite the fact that we now know they originated in Central or South America.)
If you are going to buy a puppy, rather than getting an adult rescue, you want to find a good breeder. Among the things that good breeders will do are genetic testing of the parents for PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), PLL (primary lens luxation), annual CERF testing of the eyes, and OFA or PennHIP screening of knees and elbows.
If the puppy's parents and relatives have good skin, the puppy will, with good care, have good skin. My girls, one powderpuff and one hairless, both have excellent skin.
They also both have full sets of teeth. Poor dentition in hairless Cresteds turns out not to be inevitable, and the better breeders have been working to produce better dentition in their hairless dogs, with a fair degree of success. There are still plenty of well-bred dogs with poor or iffy dentition, but it's not inevitable, by any means.
Having said that, toy breed dogs need a little more attention to their teeth. This can be teaching the dog to accept tooth brushing, or regular use of chews that are good for the teeth. My girls get a RAW chicken wing once a week, and bully sticks. There are other good, safe options, too. Addy is seven and had her first dental last year--and only had one tooth extraction. I was proud of that. Dora is five and has not needed a dental yet.
It is true that a hairless dog does not mean a low-maintenance dog, necessarily. Dora is blessed with excellent skin, but she does need some grooming, and some bathing. I'd expect a dog who is playing with a child would naturally get into more things than my two do, and would need more. Some protection against the sun, either a baby-safe sunscreen or light clothing, is necessary in the summer. Winter clothing is NON-OPTIONAL for a hairless dog.
Chinese Cresteds are bright, happy, playful dogs. They are smart, and may solve problems, such as how to open doors, that you did not expect. For a child who is not too rough, they can be great playmates.
A good breeder will want to meet the whole family. A good breeder will not send a Crested puppy to a new home before 10-12 weeks.
You might want to consider at least being open to an older puppy or a young adult, dogs who were kept with intentions of showing but who just didn't pan out. They're often great pets, well-socialized, and with some basic training. Young puppy or not, the most important consideration is personality & energy level match, and a good breeder will know how to make that match.
I hope you find your perfect puppy or dog.
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