You may click on a Letter in the picture to view the instructions according to the AKC standard...or simply scroll and read...
To remove excess hair from a hairy chinese crested you will need to purchase a good set of clippers..Being a groomer and a showman to the Crested.. I would recomend Andis...Oaster or Whaul...Use a heavy duty clipper they will last longer than a pet clipper kit...
Blades: A 50 blade on a Chinese Crested will give you a very close cut..This blade is generaly used by Vet's in surgery..Other blades that are used...40/30/10...and a 9 blade...
Veet/Nair/Magic: to remove stuble for the show groom...Choose 1 product...follow instructions carefully...and do not repeat more than 1 time in 3 days...this could result in burnt skin..
Razzors/Electric razors...to remove stuble ..a combination of one or both
Brushes: Should be of a good quality. We use a pin brush that is 1 in all systems..The smaller of them is preffered for the hairless chinese crested as well as the coated Powder Puff.
Comb: A good Greyhound comb comes in handy for the coated varity of the Chinese Crested.. The Evolution medium comb seems to work best..
Lotion: A good lotion is always a plus to use on the hairless crested..I prefer corn huskers lotion, but have used Aveno and Ocean Potion after sun lotion...
Grooming according to the AKC Chinese Crested Standard..
Head Crest begins at the stop and tapers off between the base of the skull and the back of the neck.
The texture of all hair is soft and silky, flowing to any length. Placement of hair is not as important as overall type. Areas that have hair usually taper off slightly.
Tail Plume is described under Tail. In the Hairless variety, two-thirds of the end of the tail is covered by long, flowing feathering referred to as a plume.
Feet from the toes to the front pasterns and rear hock joints (called socks).
The texture of all hair is soft and silky, flowing to any length.
Placement of hair is not as important as overall type.
Please pay notice to the fact that the AKC Standard clearly points out that ANY LENGTH of hair is allowed...and that OVER ALL amounts and placement of hair
is not as important as OVERALL type..spelled out this means
AMOUNT OF HAIR is not as Important as OVERALL STRUCTURE...
Chinese Crested grooming is key to the art of their exotic appearance...
Pimples...Blackheads and Sun Burns....OH MY...
Pimple : a blockage of the skin's pore.
Blackhead : blackish bump or plug on the skin.
Pearl : white bumps on the skin caused by immature oil glands.
TREATMENT For the hairles Chinese Crested..
can vary .... I recommend first examine the dogs diet and then looking into the pedigree..as it seems that some lines carry more skin problems than others..
AGE also plays a factor as many CC go through what is referred to as "the teenage acne period" between the ages of 6 months to a year..
Color seems also to play an important role in this factor...as white skinned or lighter toned dogs seem to have more blemishes..
Grain free/ Corn free diet
mint julep masks
clear away skin cleanser
Hair on the ears and face is permitted on the Hairless and may be trimmed for neatness in both varieties.
Pictures showing length of crest..socks..and ears with and without fringe
All are correct according to the AKC sttandard..
The biggest challange to grooming the long silky coat of a Powder Puff are the matts, which often form around the legs, ears, and side of face. For this reason alone daily brushing should be done..When Brushing your powder puff please mist him or her with water/ leave in conditioner/or take 1 part your favoriate conditioner to 10 parts water and mist with this..brushing the matts out with a good pin brush...you may also use a comb...
Always use a good quality shampoo and conditioner...such as Isle of the dogs, Pure Paws, Summers Wind...
If you are keeping a Puff in show coat...it is recommended that you bath the dog once every 3-5 days and condition the coat..you may take the conditioner of your choice and mix 1 to 1o with water and saturate the coat leaving this in...and air drying..this helps to protect the coat...or you may condition the coat rinse out...and use a mist on him latter when brushing...but you should never dry brush a Puffs coat..it can damage the hair....
Grooming of the Powder Puffs face is optional but recommended..use a 10 blade to clean the face and ears...some groomers also like to groom a slight V on the neckline to inhance the long neck ....
Per the AKC standard
The coat is straight, of moderate density and length. Excessively heavy, kinky or curly coat is to be penalized. Grooming is minimal-consisting of presenting a clean and neat appearance.
Take note of the moderate length and minimal grooming mentioned in the American standard......Moderate length is considered elbow length ...Refer to line A...in the picture....Minimal grooming means NO rounding of feet......no trimming or sculpting of the body...but only trimming of ears and face if desired....
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Pictures showing Dustins Ears before and after a shave