There are two types here: "hairless" dogs (with tufts of soft, silky hair on their feet, tail, and head) and those covered with a soft, straight coat. Both are easy to maintain and hardly shed at all since, well, they're practically hairless. But Chinese cresteds are prone to skin irritations, sunburns, and allergies. Bright and fun loving, this gentle dog does best with calm kids. Like many toy breeds, Chinese cresteds are delicate and can be seriously hurt if a child sits on them or drops them. So they're good for homes without children or homes with children who are well behaved, gentle, and supervised.