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American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Terrier

Considered a child friendly breedWell suited for city livingDoes not require much groomingConsidered a good watchdog

The American Hairless Terrier is a new breed and until 2004 it was just considered as a hairless variant of the Rat Terrier. It is an intelligent, social and energetic breed.

The breed begins its history in 1972 when one hairless puppy appeared in a Rat Terrier litter.

Coated American Hairless Terrier

There is also coated American Hairless Terriers, a bit strange, since having coated dogs in a hairless breed may seem a bit contradictory. Also, wouldn’t it then just be normal Rat Terriers?

However, it is necessary, in order to maintain a separate and healthy gene pool for this breed, to include some Rat Terrier crosses.


The skin must be protected from both heat and cold. It is necessary to use sunscreen in the summer and a warm sweater in the winter. The dog should also be bathed regularly with a mild shampoo and lotion should be used to prevent dry skin.

Hypoallergenic dog breed?

The term hypoallergenic dog breed is often used to breeds that is better suited for people with allergies. However, research has found that there is little basis to the claims that some dog breeds are hypoallergenic. It may vary among individual dogs, not among breeds.

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Name American Hairless Terrier
Origin United States
Known Since 1972
Height 18-41 cm (7-16 inches)
Weight 2.5-7 kilos (5-16 lbs)
Temperament Affectionate, loving, playful
Life Span 14-16 years

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