So I got my first CC in October. I have always had large dogs before this so this is my first time caring for a small dog (I always thought they were snooty, snippy, loud ankle biters from my experience working in a pet store). I did a lot of research before I got him. After having him for 3 months (he was 2-3 months old when I got him) I have some questions that I can't find the answers to on the internet and I don't trust his breeder to answer me truthfully (since she has her reputation to uphold). I was hoping a community could help me since you guys have years of experience :3
1. His hair on top of his head is only 2 inches long. I did cut a little bit of it off when I first got him (his breeder had dyed his hair neon pink and I got tired of people calling him a girl), but does their hair just grow very, very slowly or is he never going to have a long, flowing mane? His breeder told me that he is considered a "Hollywood" Crested which I doubted at the time and still kinda doubt but I could be wrong. My Google-Fu has yielded no results.
2. When I looked up the breed standard to see their size and weight (He was looking very, very skinny after I switched his food to a grain free and I was worried about him) they had normal Chinese Cresteds listed as up to 13" tall at the shoulders and 12lbs as the highest healthy weight. I measured him and he is 16" tall at 14.4lbs. He does have a waist from above and looks very greyhound-ish but compared to the internet's breed standards he is huge!!! Does anyone have any experience with getting an overly large CC?
3. His ears look ENORMOUS compared to all the other photos I have seen on the internet. Is it because he is still a puppy at 6 months and hasn't yet grown into them (which, concerning the above question, would be slightly worrying) or are their ears, minus the hair, just Big-McLarge-Huge?
Picture for reference
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The lighting is bad so it's hard to tell his color. He has apricot skin and bright red hair.
I trim his face around the eyes every months or so but otherwise he is all natural in this shot.
He's extra nekkid ;3
I would like to stud him out later in life in exchange for first pick of the litter (I would love to have another crestie!) but if his genetics are less than ideal and he's a freak of the crestie world then I will just have him neutered so as to not be filling the world with sub-par cresties.
Thank you guys for your time helping me out! Other than these questions he is, by far, the best dog I have ever had the pleasure of owning. He is incredibly smart (11 tricks and counting!), sweet as can be to everyone (A little bit timid to strangers but would die before he bit anyone), the quietest little dog I have ever met (He makes no noises at all. He's quieter than my cats!), and just cuddly as anything.