Chinese Crested dogs are lots of fun. They’re a really active breed and in the summertime they like to visit 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 important to truly have a good selection of doggie coats and pants. Yes pants. They make all sorts of interesting dog clothing these days.
My wife, who’s a groomer, actually took the sowing Chinese Crested machine and tailored a several Chinese Crested coats, so they 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.
Planning to the restroom is the second top winter challenge. Winter means a lot more of an issue in this area than in the summer. We’ve a great partially covered deck that people send the Cresteds out to. But there’s snow and it is cold, and they don’t want it on the market one bit.
We leave them outside for around 4 to 5 minutes, good enough to go to the bathroom. Does it always work? Are you kidding? Here’s a hint on how not to let this drive you crazy. Have several places on the ground where you spread a couple of newspapers. They can be trained to go potty on the paper. Winter is not any fun in this area, but Chinese Cresteds are worth it.
The ultimate winter challenge is exercise – or the lack of exercise. Dogs need a certain amount of vigorous exercise to keep from having behavioral problems. That is hard to do in the winter. Besides tearing through the home when they hear an automobile or the doorbell, they don’t get much exercise.
On the few “warmer” days when it ventures about 40 degrees, we sometime bring 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 simple days. The full size “human” treadmill will work. However they make sure they are for dogs and they use up less room. But until we get this new toy, our Chinese Cresteds need certainly to put up with the long winters in Michigan.