Chinese Cresteds are still a rare breed and many people have only seen them on TV, book or magazine. Few have had the pleasure of meeting a Crested or two and get bitten by the Crested bug. They want to bring home a Crested and think of only a hairless since that is what is most associated with the breed. But there is the wonderful full haired sibling of the hairless Chinese Cresteds, the poweder puffs, or as we like to call them the Ponies. The have long and silky hair that will grow to the ground if properly taken care of. But since most pet families op to groom their puppies in an all over shorter hair cut, puppy cut, in an effort to keep them looking puppy like longer, as well as the ease of care, we wanted to present another wonderful option than the puppy cut. We feel the pony cut is a better grooming look than the puppy cut, as it really brings out the very best of the Chinese Crested features.
Basically, a Chinese Crested with hair all over is groomed each spring like a hairless Chinese Crested. The body is groomed with a #40 clipper leaving only the crest, socks and plume. The very short hair on the body will feel like the softest of velvet. Because they are powderpuffs with two layers of hair, one like fine human hair and the other a powdery fine hair, their skin cannot be seen. The face is kept buzzed and neatly groomed once a month or every other month, showing off the fine face of a Crested. The hair on the body will grow out during the summer and autumn, and by winter, the hair will be about 2 inches long which will keep your Crested warm in the winter. Then it is a nice clean clip when the weather is warm by the spring sun. This is great in areas where the summers are very hot. For the families living in colder climates, the Pony cut allows for the puppy to wear clothes all day with out having any tangles or matting.
Our daughter loves her powderpuffs and super hairy hairless Cresteds. She considers the powderpuffs in the pony cut as the best of all worlds. They have the sweetness of the Chinese Cresteds but not the bare skin.