American Hairless Terrier

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Other name(s): AHT; Amerikaanse haarloze terrier

The basics:
The American Hairless Terrier (AHT) is a direct descendant of hairless Rat Terriers that appeared in the 1970s to a Louisiana couple who developed them into a hypoallergenic breed ultimately recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2016. Although the AHT does shed some skin cells (dander), many people who have never before been able to own a dog have been able to tolerate an AHT. Like their Rat Terrier ancestor, they are lively dogs who love to be at the center of a family's attention. They will need to be protected from sunburn and discouraged from digging, since they have no coat to protect their skin.

Appearance / health:
The American Hairless Terrier is similar in size to the medium-sized Rat Terriers. It is a muscular dog with a deep chest, strong shoulders, strong neck, and powerful legs. The eyes are round, set obliquely and are moderate in size. The ears are triangular and usually erect when the dog is alert. The head is broad, and the tail is long and carried in an upward curve. There are two varieties of the breed, the Coated and the Hairless. For the Hairless variety, the entire body is hairless except for the eyebrows and whiskers.

The breed does not shed any hair but it does shed some skin cells around every 20 days or so giving rise to some dander. The skin should be safeguarded from sunburn and cold weather. Bathing once to thrice a week should suffice. The nails could be trimmed weekly. Applying a lotion (without lanolin) to the skin would help prevent skin dryness.

They need both physical and mental exercises to stay fit.

The common health issues with an AHT include skin rashes, sunburn and pimples. Allergies due to grass and other reasons are also quite common. Sunscreen should be applied or a shirt should be worn, to prevent sunburn.

Behavior / temperament:
The American Hairless Terrier retains the strong hunting instinct of the Rat Terrier; however, the lack of hair makes it unsuitable for hunting. They are strongly territorial. With a high level of intelligence, quick learning rate, and curiosity, the American Hairless Terrier is easy to train. However, the breed has a mind of its own so the trainer should be dominant from the start and focus on obedience training. The AHT is not too noisy considering the fact that it does not like barking without a very good reason.


low maintenance dog


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newer breed, gentle shower, pink AHTs, soft skin

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