American Hairless Terrier – Full Breed Profile

Dog Breed Group:
Terrier Dogs
Height:
12 to 16 inches
Weight:
10 to 16 pounds
Life Span:
13 to 16 years

Breed Characteristics:

Apartment Friendly

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Good For First-Time Owners

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Overall Sensitivity

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Tolerates Being Alone

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Affectionate With Family

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Kid-Friendly

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Friendly Toward Other Dogs

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Friendly Toward Strangers

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Drooling Level

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Easy To Groom

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Overall Health

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Prone To Obesity

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Trainabilty Level

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Intelligence Level

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Prey Drive

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Barking Level

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Energy Level

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Exercise Needs

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Playfulness Level

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The American Hairless Terrier is originally from Louisiana and comes in both hairless and coated varieties. Officially, this is a young breed – the United Kennel Club recognized this breed in 2004. Since this breed has no hair, it’s easy to conclude that this breed is considered to be the hypoallergenic type.

This Louisiana native dog is smart, affectionate, and playful. They are highly trainable and are a great choice for dog sport events, such as agility and obedience. The American Hairless Terrier is directly descended from the Rat Terrier, a dog bred to hunt rats and other vermin.

Since this is a hairless breed, grooming needs are straightforward. Skin requires regular bathing, while ears should be kept clean all the time and well-protected in hot weather.

In fact, with this breed, you will have to purchase high-quality dog sunscreen and apply it on your American Hairless Terrier before a day out.

The American Hairless Terrier stands between 12 to 16 inches at the shoulder, and as such is considered to be a small and well-muscled dog. Since this is a hairless dog he isn’t suitable for hunting. As expected, his hunting instincts remain intact.