Originally Posted by 3dogs
I think you have a great list going. Now to narrow down the wants. What is the purpose of your dog? Companion, obedience, agility, conformation, therapy etc... Once you narrow that down you can narrow the list. The Coton has the worst coat ever to groom. I have poodles, Chinese crested, pom x yorkie as small dogs. My Crested was my 1 st venture into small dogs. She is a great companion but didn't work out in the Obedience ring due to a soft temper. She could feel me tense up or a slight rise in voice & she would begin to shut down. My 2nd Crested from the same breeder was a disappointment, he was bitey, shy,& a bit on the stupid side. No more Cresteds for me & what I have seen in the ring I am glad I changed breeds. The all did obtain their CGC but that was it. My pom x yorkie was out of rescue & a great running partner he had 2 years of extreme separation anxiety & a barker. Now I have Poodles in all 3 sizes & I won't have any other breed.
I have a hairy hairless chinese crested and he is very smart, did very well in obedience training, the only problem I had with him was pottie training. I got him from a great breeder in California were is sire at one time was one of the top chinese crested, do you think it might have been the breeder. Ole is now 9 years old and still going strong.