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Great Names for Your Chinese Crested Dog

Updated on October 21, 2014

The Chinese Crested Dog

The Chinese Crested dog is a member of the AKC's toy dog group. Chinese Cresteds adore companionship. They are very agile and alert little dogs although many are perfectly happy just snuggling their humans.

The breed stands at about 12” at the shoulder and dogs weigh about 10 pounds. Their coats can be any color and their skin can even be spotted. Although the Chinese Crested has been developed in China its roots may stretch back to the African continent. Chinese Cresteds were taken on board ships and used to hunt rats during the Chinese plagues.

There are two types of Chinese Crested – hairless and powderpuff. These types are defined by coat. The hairless is the variety most people think of when they imagine a Chinese Crested. These dogs have smooth, hairless bodies with hair only on their heads, feet, and tails. The powderpuff has a long, silky double coat all over its body.

Hairless Chinese Crested

A hairless Chinese Crested looking for a name.
A hairless Chinese Crested looking for a name. | Source

Some Chinese Crested Facts

  • The breed is also known as the Chinese Hairless, Chinese Ship Dog, Royal Hairless, and even the Chinese Edible Dog (!)

  • Hairless Chinese Crested often have problems with their teeth.

  • The American Chinese Crested Club was founded in 1979.

  • Scientists have isolated the genetic code in dogs that causes hairlesssness. It's called FOX13.

  • The hairless variety is on the AKC's list of recommended breeds for people with allergies.


Some Thoughts About Naming Your Dog

There are lots of ways to go about naming your dog. Below is some food for thought when you are trying to come up with that perfect name.

Names Based on Coat Type: One source of inspiration is your dog's coat. Do you have a hairless or a powderpuff? If you have a hairless variety you might try names like Satin, Mohawk, or Goblin. If your dog has a full coat you might go with names like Silk or Cotton.

Names for a Ship's Ratter: Since the Chinese Crested used to serve as a ratter on ships, keeping the vessel's food stores safe, you might try names that reflect this fierce lineage. Something like Killer or Bandit could serve well.

Names Based on Chinese Heritage: Although the Chinese Crested was developed on more than one continent, it is primarily known as a Chinese dog. Try names from that part of the globe like Ping, Wushu, and Gong.

Names Based on Color and Pattern: The Chinese Crested dog can have any combination of color and pattern in her coat. The hairless variety often has many spots on the skin. You can use names like Apricot, Pewter or Speckles in honor of your dog's coat.

Names Based on Size: Chinese Crested dogs are part of the AKC's Toy group. Your name can reflect your dog's petite size. Think names like Pocket or Token.

Names Based on Personality: The Chinese Crested can be lively and full of joy or completely devoted to snuggling. Your pet's name can come from his personality. Popcorn, Snuggles, or Comfort could all work.

Two Powderpuffs

Two powderpuff Chinese Cresteds
Two powderpuff Chinese Cresteds | Source

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Gypsy Rose Lee and Fu Man Chu

In the 1950s burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee received her first Chinese Crested. She named her new pet Fu Man Chu. Ms. Lee became a breeder of Chinese Crested dogs and championed them in both the United States and Great Britain.

Puffin

Quirk

Raggedy Ann

Razor

Rex

Rocky

Ruffles

Ruby

Sable

Saffron

Satin

Scruffy

Sesame

Sherbet

Silk

Silver

Skittles

Snickers

Snuggles

Socks

Speckles

Spike

Sprinkles

Squeaky

Stinky

Taboo

Tango

Tattoo

Tempest

Tickles

Tinsel

Toast

Tofu

Token

Truffles

Tulip

Tzar

Urchin

Vader

Velvet

Vex

Vixen

Wafer

Wishbone

Wizard

Wushu

Xena

Yahoo

Yoda

Yoyo

Zipper

Zippy

Zog

Zuzu


Chinese Crested

A Chinese Crested never changes its spots.
A Chinese Crested never changes its spots. | Source

125 Names for your Chinese Crested

Acorn

Apple

Apricot

Atila

Bandit

Bean

Beep

Blinky

Blondie

Brandy

Brawler

Bubbles

Buttons

Candy

Chi

Chibi

Confetti

Cookie

Cotton

Cricket

Crusher

Cuddles

Dumpling

Elf

Ewok

Fan

Feather

Foo

Freckles

Ginseng

Gizmo

Goblin

Gong

Grumpy

Hex

Indigo

Isis

Java

Killer

Licorice

Lovebug

Lychee

Meeko

Micro

Minx

Mohawk

Monster

Mr. Wiggles

Mrs. Wigglesworth

Neutron

Nibbles

Nugget

Onyx

Oolong

Patches

Peanut

Peony

Pepper

Peppermint

Petal

Pewter

Ping

Pinyin

Pippin

Pirate

Pixie

Pocket

Pookie

Popcorn

Poppy

Posh

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