Chinese Crested dogs are a lot of fun. They’re a really active breed and in the summertime they like to go to a park and just race around, back and forth.
But what does a hairless Chinese Crested do throughout the long, cold winter time like we’ve in Michigan? Here are three of the top challenges they face – and we face.
Staying warm. I bet you knew this might be number one. It is essential to truly have a good selection of doggie coats and pants. Yes pants. They make a myriad of interesting dog clothing these days.
My partner, who is a groomer, actually took the sowing machine and tailored a several Chinese Crested coats, so they can fit better. A lot of the time the hairless dogs wear a coat even inside, just to stay warmer. They have a tendency to huddle around heating vents too.
Going to the bathroom is the second top winter challenge Chinese Crested for sale. Winter means far more of a problem in this area than in the summer. We have a good partially covered deck that individuals send the Cresteds out to. But there’s snow and it is cold, and they don’t want it out there one bit.
We leave them outside for approximately 4 to 5 minutes, good enough to attend the bathroom. Does it always work? Are you kidding? Here’s a tip how never to let this drive you crazy. Have a few places on the floor where you spread a few newspapers. They could be trained to go potty on the paper. Winter isn’t any fun in this area, but Chinese Cresteds are worth it.
The final winter challenge is exercise – or the lack of exercise. Dogs need a quantity of vigorous exercise to help keep from having behavioral problems. This really is hard to do in the winter. Besides tearing through the house when they hear a vehicle or the doorbell, they don’t get much exercise.
On the few “warmer” days when it ventures about 40 degrees, we sometime take them for a walk. But that is still very cold for the hairless ones. The puff Cresteds are like every other dog – they can go outside in the snow and don’t really mind it.
We intend on obtaining a doggie treadmill one of these days. A full size “human” treadmill will work. However they make them for dogs and they take up less room. But until we fully grasp this new toy, our Chinese Cresteds have to tolerate the long winters in Michigan.