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Chinese Crestepoo Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 11-20”
Weight: 8-11 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The Chinese Crestepoo is found in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Gray
  • Chocolate
  • Golden
  • Cream
  • White

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 10-12 years
Sometimes referred to as a Poochis or Crestedpoo, the Chinese Crestepoo is a hybrid dog, bred from a Poodle and a Chinese Crested. These lively, active pups are one of the healthiest crossbreeds. They have some of the fewest inherited health problems from their parent breeds, but the Chinese Crestepoo is still vulnerable to typical health issues that could plague any dog breed. For example, the Chinese Crestepoo could become infected with heartworms, or develop cancer or heart disease, just like any other dog.

Rapid Dental Decay

This condition is often an inherited strain of oral bacteria that eats away enamel quicker than normal. It can result in deep, painful cavities, or the loss of teeth altogether. Brush your pup’s teeth every night to ensure healthy, strong teeth, and take her to routine vet visits for early detection of any odd oral bacteria.


This condition begins at the center of the pupil, then expands to encompass the entire eye. It usually starts in one eye but can spread to the other in a matter of years. It causes cloudiness, loss of vision, and eventually, complete blindness. Cataracts can be surgically removed, but most pet owners simply choose to manage their pets quality of life instead of subjecting them to surgery.

Other health issues that a Chinese Crestepoo may inherit include epilepsy, patellar luxation, and glaucoma. The average lifespan of a Chinese Crestepoo is around the same as the parent breeds, 10 to 12 years. While there are a few health conditions that are inevitably linked to genetics, there are several other health issues that are preventable. Keep your pup in tip-top health with regular vet visits, a good diet, and lots of exercise.

Temperament & Train-ability

Playful, timid, and loveable, the Chinese Crestepoo is a versatile pup who could adapt to any situation. She would be great in an apartment, but she could also do really well in a large house with a fenced-in backyard. As long as she gets daily exercise to drain excess energy, she is perfectly content living almost anywhere. She bonds quickly with new owners, which is good news for those who plan to adopt an older Chinese Crestepoo. She may be a bit picky and sensitive at first, but praise, compliments, and belly rubs go a long way towards earning her loyalty and trust.

The Chinese Crestepoo would make a great family dog because she loves children, especially older kids. Younger children are often too rough and rambunctious for her, but she plays with them anyway. Teach your kids, of every age, how to properly play with your new Chinese Crestepoo. She needs gentle petting and respect. No hair, tail, or ear pulling and no hitting or yelling at her. She is a sensitive pup, so harshness and physical force will cause her to become depressed.

Small dogs, like the Chinese Crestepoo, are often high-energy, but their pint-sized bodies use up their energy quickly. This means while your Chinese Crestepoo is active and boisterous, she only needs two walks per day and at least 30 minutes of playtime to fulfill her exercise requirement. Fenced-in backyards and dog parks are great choices to let her run, jump, and romp at her leisure.

The Chinese Crestepoo is a clever, intelligent pup, but she has a wilfulness that might affect her training. Her stubborn steaks are short-lived but prominent. However, instead of getting mad or frustrated, keep a positive, consistent, firm tone to your voice. She will see that you mean business and revert back to her eager-to-please self. Once you have established yourself as the rule-maker and alpha of the pack, she will happily and readily comply with your instructions. Reward her with wholesome treats, lots of praise, and tons of encouragement.


Most Chinese Crestepoos are hypoallergenic because of their Poodle genes. This is good news for pet owners with severe allergies. Her coat type, however, could go either way towards a Poodle or a Chinese Crested. If her fur has the length of a Chinese Crested, schedule her for a trim every 6-8 weeks to avoid split ends and retain silkiness. If her coat is more like a Poodle, brush her fur daily to avoid kinks in her curls. Either way, bathe her once a month with sensitive, gentle dog shampoo, preferably vet-recommended.

Chinese Crestepoos are easy to manage when it comes to their grooming needs. These pups need a toenail trim every 6-8 weeks but keep in mind that there are nerves that go through their toenails. If you nick a nerve, it causes temporary jolts of pain, as well as profuse bleeding. If you have any qualms about clipping your Chinese Crestepoo’s toenails, take her to a professional groomer for a full “spa” treatment, which will typically include a bath, brush, and trim.


The Chinese Crestepoo is a dainty crossbreed with a small appetite to match her mini-sized body. To avoid begging or food aggression, keep her on a regular meal schedule. Feed her ½ cup of high-quality kibble in the morning and another ½ cup at night. This division of her meals will keep her satisfied throughout the day. Also, be mindful of what kind of kibble she eats. You need to invest in good dog food with plenty of nutrients to keep her mind and body healthy and vigorous.

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Oddly enough, the Chinese Crestepoo isn’t a crossbreed that is in high demand, so it might be difficult to find a reputable breeder for a puppy close to you. However, if you do get lucky, the Chinese Crestepoo puppies are usually between $250 to $600. You could also check the local animal shelters to see if an older Chinese Crestepoo needs a good, loving home. Adoption fees can run anywhere from $100 to $250. Don’t forget to factor in the costs of medical expenses, toys, professional groomers, and nutritious dog food.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Chinese Crestepoo ranks a 1.5. She may be a bit sensitive at first, but she warms up quickly with plenty of love and attention. Her stubbornness to train earned her half a point, but that is easily overcome with patience, kindness, and determination. Overall, this crossbreed would make a good family dog.


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