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Chinese Crestepoo
Sparkling but High Strung

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Chinese Crestepoo

The Chinese Crestepoo is a small mixed breed dog referred to sometimes as a hybrid or a designer dog. He is a mix of the Poodle and the Chinese Crested. He has a 10 to 12 year life expectancy and is sometimes known as a Poochis, Crestepoo, Crestedoodle, Crestedpoo or Chinese Crestedoodle. He is a toy dog being so small and is known for being quite lively and high strung but also entertaining and sparkling. They have the bonus of being good with kids and if his coat leans more towards the Poodle he may be hypoallergenic too.

Here is the Chinese Crestepoo at a Glance
Average height 11 to 20 inches
Average weight 8 to 11 pounds
Coat type Long, soft, wavy
Hypoallergenic? If leans towards his Poodle heritage it is possible
Grooming Needs Low to moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing Brush once a day
Touchiness Can be quite sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Not at all
Barking Low to moderate
Tolerance to Heat Moderate
Tolerance to Cold Low to moderate
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good to excellent
Good with other Dogs? Very good to excellent
Good with other Pets? Very good
A roamer or Wanderer? Moderate
A Good Apartment Dweller? Excellent but they still need exercise outside each day
Good Pet for new Owner? Good to very good
Trainability Good to very good
Exercise Needs Moderate - needs play plus a moderate walk each day
Tendency to get Fat Moderate
Major Health Concerns Epilepsy, Patellar Luxation
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia, eye problems, dental problems
Life Span 10 to 12 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 - $650
Average Annual Medical Expense $450 - $550
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $525 - $650

Where does the Chinese Crestepoo come from?

The Chinese Crestepoo is a fairly recent mixed breed and so does not really have an origin story. We do not know who first deliberately bred these two dogs. Mixed breeds themselves are not new, and most so called pure breeds have mixing in their past. For reputable breeders it is about getting the best qualities from each dog but this can not be controlled and takes several generations of breeding before you start to see some leveling out in the appearance and temperament of the designer dog. To get a feel for the Chinese Crestepoo it helps to take a look at the two breeds that make it up, the Chinese Crested and the Poodle.

The Chinese Crested

Despite being called Chinese they are not actually originally from China, but come from either Mexico or Africa. However it was when they came to China they were reduce in size and bred into the dog we know today. They were popular as much with common people as with the emperors themselves and Chinese sailors are said to have kept them on ships with them to hunt vermin. Eventually they made their way to Europe sometime in the 1700s. When they reached America is not known but the first club formed was in 1974.

Today this a rare dog in China. They are alert and happy dogs who love their people very much and want lots of cuddles and lap time. He is intelligent but some trainers rate them lower on the scale than they really are because of a lack of understanding. He makes a great companion dog but can have a strong stubborn side. He may not react well to strangers and unless has some training and socialization can even nip at them.

The Poodle

Poodles are believed to be either descended from Asian herding dogs and then traveled with German tribes and became used for hunting waterfowl, or are descended from the Barbet a North African dog. It was in France though that he was bred into the more distinct breed we know today. By breeding smaller Poodles together three sizes were created, toy, miniature and standard. You can find Poodles throughout history, with nobility as companions or for duck hunting. Gypsies discovered how good they were at learning and performing tricks and began sculpting their coats in more fanciful forms. The wealthy noted this and copied it, even dying them too. Poodles came to America after World War II.

Today he is loyal, very intelligent and mischievous. He has an air of distinction about him but can still be goofy and mess around. He loves his owner and will be very eager to please making him very trainable. He is protective and affectionate to those he known but takes times to accept and like new people.


Chinese Crestepoos can be high strung and picky but they are also friendly, playful and protective. He is sparkling and lighthearted and usually quite gentle when around children. He does have a lot of energy and he is a great family dog. Everyone loves him which is a bit of luck since he craves attention and will make sure he gets it when he wants it, which is most of the time!

What does a Chinese Crestepoo look like

He is a small dog at 11 to 20 inches in height and 8 to 11 pounds in weight. He has thin legs, floppy but hairless ears, a thin long tail, and a thin short muzzle with a small nose. His coat is usually wavy and long but can be more curly from his Poodle side. Colors include black, brown, chocolate, cream , white and golden. His legs and feet usually have straight hair on them.

Training and Exercise Needs


Will the Chinese Crestepoo need much exercise?

They like to be active but as a small dog their needs are not high. Some playtime inside with a couple of walks around the block is enough each day. Let him have a chance to do some running, access to a yard is a bonus.

Does he train quickly?

He is a clever dog but has a stubborn streak sometimes that may affect the training on occasion. Use of positive training techniques such as rewards, praise and treats are all going to be more successful than any harsh techniques. He loves his food so favorite treats are especially successful. Avoid getting frustrated too. Stay firm and be consistent and patient. He needs you to be very clear about you being the pack leader. Once that is established things will go a lot easier. If he accepts that, training for him should be no slower than most other dogs. Make sure you start training and socialization as soon as you get him, this is the best way to get the best dog possible.

Living with a Chinese Crestepoo

Is he easy to groom?

He is a low shedding dog so there is not a lot of work in terms of clearing up loose hairs and there is the potential for him being hypoallergenic because of his Poodle heritage. Brush him once a day since he has a long coat to get rid of tangles and prevent mats. As a long haired dog you may want to take him in to a professional groomers a few times a year to have it trimmed. Bathing should just be done when he needs it so you avoid stripping his natural oils.

Another grooming chore you may opt to pass on to the groomers is the nail clipping. A lot of people do not realize that in the lower part of dog nails are live vessels and nerves so cutting through it would hurt the dog a lot and cause bleeding. A groomer knows where is safe to cut. You should also check his ears and wipe them clean once a week and brush his teeth at least two to three times a week.

What is he like with children and other animals?

The Chinese Crestepoo is quite a gentle dog with kids, he will play with them and be energetic around them, but then is affectionate too. He is also good with other dogs and other pets including cats. Socialization is still a good idea though to help bring this out in him.

General information

He is not a barking dog, but he will bark to alert you of an intruder. He should be fed ½ to 1 cup of high quality dry food a day divided into two meals. He is not a dog that can left for long periods alone. Anything more than a couple of hours may lead to him acting out. He is good for apartment living and a new owner. He is okay in moderate heat but not extreme and he does less well in cold climates.

Health Concerns

For the most part he is a healthy mixed breed but can develop a condition his parents are prone to including epilepsy, patellar luxation, hip dysplasia, dental problems and eye problems. To avoid health issues later on try to get a puppy from a reputable breeder and ask to see parent health clearances.

Costs involved in owning a Chinese Crestepoo


This dog is not a top trending designer dog right now so prices are lower than some other more popular dogs. Should that change you will see a change in prices. You can get a Chinese Crestepoo for $250 to $650. He will need to be micro chipped, blood tested, neutered and dewormed if none of those things were already done by the breeder, and that will be another $260. You might also want to have a carrier bag, a crate, a collar and leash ready which will cost $100. Professional grooming each year may set you back about $260. Yearly vet check up where he may need flea prevention, vaccinations and so on will be about $210 - $300. It is also important to have a plan in place in case of a medical emergency, some opt for pet health insurance and some just put aside so much a year. At a minimum you should put aside $225 a year. Finally there are the day to day costs, training, food, toys, treats, a license and miscellaneous costs adding up to $265 - $300.


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