chinese crested dog breed information


common health issues

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), better known as "dry eye", is a deficiency in the water portion of the tear film of the eye. Without the water portion of tears, the cornea and conjunctiva become very dry and inflamed and are prone to infection. This uncomfortable condition requires costly topical treatment several times a day throughout the dog's life.

Also known as aseptic necrosis of the femoral head, Legg-Calve-Perthes is a disease of the femoral head (or ball) of the hip and causes lameness in young, small breed dogs. The blood supply to the femoral head is cut off, causing the bone to die. Treatment inevitably requires surgery to the affected hip.

Normally, the lens of the eye is held in place between the iris and the retina. A luxated lens lies in an abnormal position, either backward or forward of it's normal position. Treatment ranges from conservative treatment to removal of the affected eye.

The retina is responsible for transmitting light to the brain where it is interpreted as an image. PRA causes deterioration of retinal cells and causes blindness. It can affect puppies as young as a few weeks old, or may appear later in life. There is no treatment or cure, but blind dogs usually can lead quite happy lives.

A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

With a name like Chinese Crested, it’s easy to assume that this breed originated in China, but that’s actually not the case. In fact, the Chinese Crested is believed to have evolved from hairless dogs in Africa. These dogs are terrific ratters, so they were kept on ships to control the rat population. Traded among merchants and sailors, they were found in ports as far-flung as Central and South America. Eventually, the Chinese favored the small size of this breed and adopted it as their own.

There are two varieties of Chinese Crested – the hairless version and the powderpuff. While the powderpuff is covered from head to tail with soft, downy fur, the hairless has fur only on his feet, head and tail.

The Chinese Crested is an alert dog who is both gentle and playful at the same time, making an excellent choice for families with children. The hairless Chinese Crested will need extra consideration due to all of that exposed skin – sunburn, allergies and other skin irritations are more common in this variety of the breed.

In addition to skin concerns, Chinese Cresteds are prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – and your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Chinese Cresteds are prone to include eye problems such as lens luxation, progressive retinal atrophy and keraconjunctivitis sicca; and hip diseases such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your playful Chinese Crested inherits more than a barely-there coat, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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