Chinese Cresteds are still an exotic breed, filled with mystery. In particular, the amount of hair a hairless Chinese Crested can have is mysterious to most people. Chinese Cresteds can be born with double layer of hair, powderpuffs, and as hairless. But hairless puppies can be almost bald naked all the way to super hairy where they can be almost powderpuffs.
When families approach us for a puppy, they have questions and one of is on the amount of hair on a hairless Chinese Crested. We wanted to make it as easy as possible to educate families on the amount of body hair and furnishings a hairless Crested can be. We want our families to be educated and make informed decision on a Crested puppy.
Hairless Cresteds come in a wide range of hairlessness. Like humans, they can be really nude to being quite hairy. Most Chinese Crested breeders will say their puppies are either hairless, hairy hairless or powderpuffs. We like to catagorized the degree of hairlessness to a finer point: True Hairless, Hairless, Hairy Hairless, Very Hairy Hairless and Super Hairy Hairless. Then of course there is the powderpuff siblings, that can be born in a litter of hairless puppies. Depending on the look you want and the amount of grooming you want to put in, getting a puppy with the right degree of hairlessness can be important. Of course some families do not care as they are just Crested obsessed. They will love a Crested with our without hair. But for others, the look is very important.
When we got our first Crested girl, Lady Godiva, we had no idea how hairy she was. When we brought her home, she was a smooth and hairless Goddess. After day to at home, she started to sprout hair on almost 70% of her body. We didn’t mind but wanted to know what to do with it. We called her breeder to ask how to care for her skin and hair (this was a time when information on Crested care was not readily available). Her breeder just said, “Bring her back if you don’t want her!” Wow that made me cry. We were in love with her. She was our baby. We would never think of returning her. That was just insane! We just want to get information so we can properly care for her. Even when we would see Godiva’s breeder at dog shows, she did not want to know anything about Godiva. She was just another puppy that was placed. From these experiences, we have chosen to be better breeders. We want our families to know what to expect and what to do to care for their babies. We want to be available for our families when they have any questions or just want to share special stories of their babies.
To avoid confusion, at Mythic, we use a special scale to rate the hair. We have found our scale to be really useful in evaluating our puppies as well as educating Crested lovers. From 1 being almost bald to 9 being so hairy it can be difficult to know if the puppy is hairless or puff. Powderpuff Chinese Cresteds have a double coat (hair and a cottony under coat) while the hairiest hairless Chinese Cresteds will not have a cottony under coat. They will also have full dentition as they do not have the hairless gene.
I prefer the true hairless pups 1-3 on our scale, while Tim prefers them hairier 4-9. Dante only likes the super hairy hairless 8-9 and powderpuffs. Raiden loves every one of them equally. I love fine Crested skin and am willing to have less furnishings while Tim likes the flash and willing to do the grooming to keep them looking great. We know everyone has their personal preferences and as families want puppies of every degree of hairlessness, we are happy to have a variety. But we are happy to say we are known for our tiniest sized, standard and rare colored eyed, Chinese Cresteds with exceptionally great skin and wonderful temperaments.
Please keep in mind we do our best to match a puppy based on temperament, gender, coloring, size and degree of hairlessness. Seldom do puppies fit neatly even into our degree of hairlessness. A puppy maybe a 5 but have more of a scattered body hair pattern verses having it concentrated along the back to tail and down the legs. True to Crested uniqueness, the degree of hairlessness and the way it presents on the puppy is different for each Chinese Crested.
Follow the links below to see examples of 1-9 hairlessness.