Grooming a Chinese Crested

Grooming a Chinese Crested, or a Chinese Crested Powder Puff, has been a learning process for me. In comparison, it took me almost two years to get the PWD coat right, or at least "righter". The CC I've had the longest is now two years old and I'm still learning. With good help from friends, fellow breeders and handlers, and especially my supplier of products for CC's - TwoBarks and Annika Farstad Gildseth, I'm getting there.

Some main principles apply to both breeds in the kennel, like to never comb the coat while soaking wet or totally dry. That will take it's toll on the tiny hairs and easily cause breakage and a tired coat. I also only comb and brush while blow-drying the coat. To keep the coat in show-condition, I bathe every 5-7 days, which takes some time, but it's neccessary time to make the dogs look good.

Obviously, there are certain differences between a CC and a CCPP. But the care for the coat that is, remains the same as described above. Tina, which is the kennel's first true hairless CC, represent a new challenge. Skin. Skin that is not taken care of properly can get skinworms (yes, I know it sounds disgusting) and pimples, especially through the puberty - not unlike humans in fact. Of course, in general, allergies and other issues may cause skin problems.

Still, I have learned, and I practise, to bathe Tina once a week. I use products from Wildwash (shampoo and balm), I give her a shave with a trimmer and razor, I use wet tissues from Organic Oscar and I moist the skin with coconut oil. Using a razor for shaving has also been a new experience, and frightening at times I might add, but Tina has been really good and keeps still (for a change). So far it seems like Tina is blessed with very good skin, but I see no reason to not keep up this work.

 

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