My name is Petey!

Chinese Crested Dog for adoption in Arlington, Virginia - Petey
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Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

Facts about Petey

  • Breed: Chinese Crested
  • Color: Unknown
  • Age: Adult
  • Size: Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
  • Sex: Male
  • ID#: 10804680

Adorable little Petey recently lost his family when his owner moved into Assisted Living. Fortunately, his family reached out to DDB to help rehome their mom’s dogs, and we were able to take Petey and his pup sibling, Andy, into the rescue.
Petey is a very shy pup, and needs time to feel secure and settle in.He hasn’t had a lot of exposure to the outside world, and as his owner’s health declined, he spent many hours in his crate, so a lot of things are new to him. Petey is not going to be a warm, engaging dog at first meeting, so he needs an aodpter who understands that and has some time and patience to work with him to settle him in. He finds comfort in the company of other dogs, and would fit best with another pup buddy in his home. Preference will be given to homes with another small dog in the home.
Petey’s foster mom reports that he’s super sweet and easy to have in the home. He has great house manners, is housetrained, crate trained, and walks well on leash too. When he's in a new environment, he will choose to stay in his crate vs. engage, but his foster family is working on that. 

Once he gets comfortable and starts to trust, he has an  affectionate nature, and will snuggle up with his foster family in bed at night. A retired owner, a couple, or family with older teen kids and another dog, would be the best fit for Petey. He needs an owner who will take the lead and work with him to engage in life.

Chinese Crested dogs like Petey are not common in rescue, and they definitely stand out in a crowd. Their origin has been a bit of a mystery, but many believe they are descended from African or Mexican hairless dogs. When Chinese explorers discovered the breed, they brought them back home and bred them to be a smaller size. They wanted the dog for its excellent ratting abilities aboard their ships, and could trade them at different ports. The Chinese also viewed these dogs as having healing powers and would use them as living heating pads to help nurse sick sailors.
Petey has a whip of silky white hair on the top of his head, feet, and tail, but has smooth delicate skin everywhere else. Because of the lack of fur, the Hairless Chinese Crested is more prone to have skin irritations and allergies, and they’re susceptible to sunburn, so owners will need to take precautions and understand their specific care requirements. Maintenance of their skin is similar to caring for human skin; they require a weekly bath, moisturizer to combat dryness, and sunblock to prevent sunburn. They also need a little help staying warm in the winter, and Petey will appreciate having a fashionable wardrobe for the colder months.
Although no dog is completely hypoallergenic, Cresteds shed little to no hair and are good dogs for families who suffer from allergies.
Petey is good with dogs, cats, and would do fine with older mature kids in his home. Preference will be given to families with another small dog companion in the home. 

BREED ESTIMATE:  Hairless Chinese Crested
COAT TYPE:  Long (low shed)
OTHER INFO: utd on shots/neutered/microchipped


FOR MORE INFO OR TO ADOPT: Please go to and complete the application.

You can also help save dogs like this one by becoming a foster, providing a rescue dog with a temporary home and giving them the love and care they need until they are permanently adopted. Every person who fosters is directly responsible for saving the life of a dog, because we can only save as many dogs as we have foster families available to welcome them into their homes. If you think you might be interested in becoming a foster and want to learn more, please go to and fill out an application.

Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia is an all-volunteer, foster-based rescue that primarily adopts to families in the DC Metro area.

About Dogs Deserve Better of Northern Virginia

About Our Rescue Group...

Dogs Deserve Better, 2003 First Place Winner of the ASPCA/Chase Pet Protector Award, is a voice for chained and penned dogs, whose sadness speaks only through the eyes. As the days become years, many of these dogs sit, lay, eat, and defecate within the same 10-foot radius. Chained by the neck, they exist without affection, exercise, social interaction, and sometimes even basic nourishment. They live as prisoners, yet long to be pets.

Chaining is not only inhumane for dogs, but is dangerous to the community. Chained dogs, unsocialized with humans, can become very territorial of their tiny space, and anyone who wanders into this space can be attacked.

Would you for one second choose to live the life of these dogs? No matter what reason is given, the bottom line is that it is NOT ok to chain a dog for life. Dogs should not have to live chained or penned as prisoners, yearning for a place in a family, craving acknowledgement, respect, and love. They DESERVE BETTER, and we as caretakers have the obligation to provide it for them.

Come Meet Our Pets...

Our dogs are located in foster homes in the DC Metro area. Please go to and fill out an application, and once you have been approved, we can schedule a meeting with a dog who will be a good fit for your home.

Our Adoption Process...

The first step in the process is to complete an adoption application at
Secondly, we will set up a time for you to meet the dog in his or her foster home. If the visit goes well and the dog appears to be a good fit for your home, the next step is the home visit. Finally, the official adoption contract is signed and the adoption fee is paid.