American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Terrier Breed description: Character & Co


American Hairless Terriers are the perfect companions for people with dog hair allergies.

The origin of the American Hairless Terrier

This particular breed originated from the Rat Terrier. Other ancestors include the English smooth-haired Fox Terrier as well as Manchester Terriers.

In a litter of Rat Terriers, a hairless kitten was born in 1988. The breeders gave the puppy away to a couple who were friends. The new owners were so enthusiastic about their "Josephine" that they started a new breeding with her.

At first Jospehine was mated by several Rat Terriers and gave birth to only one other naked dog. All the other puppies were hairy. It was not until Edwin and Willie Scott ventured a final litter with one of Jospehine's sons as sire that another naked female was born. In the meantime a separate breed has developed from these three animals.

The United Kennel Club fully recognized the breed in 2004, but the FCI has not yet done so.

  • hairless dog
  • originated from the Rat Terrier
  • only recognized by the UKC, not by the FCI
  • suitable for allergy sufferers
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Origin USA
Life expectancy 12 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group not recognised
AKC group Terrier Group
KC group not recognised

American Hairless Terrier mixes


Character traits and nature of the American Hairless Terrier

They are typical terriers with a pleasant and controllable temperament. As former rat hunters they are nimble, agile and mobile. Most of all, the American Hairless Terrier likes to dissipate its energy while romping around and playing. Long walks, bike rides or agility are also suitable for him.

Terriers are basically very sensitive and should be managed with consistency and tact. In the house he is considered uncomplicated and people-friendly. Caution is advised with small animals in the house.

  • pleasant terrier temperament
  • with a lot of energy, but controllable
  • people friendly and eager to learn
American Hairless naked dog spotted

Breeding, acquisition and keeping of the American Hairless Terrier

If you want to keep a terrier, you should also have time during the day or someone to look after your dog. If he feels lonely, he tends to gnaw furniture or be destructive.

This dog is rare, but not impossible to get. Since it is not an official breed, prices vary widely. When buying a dog, always look for reliable breeders who make a loving impression on you.

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If you have never seen a Hairless Terrier before, the hairlessness may seem strange at first. However, these animals are quite normal dogs and look very attractive with their silky soft skin.

As puppies they are born slightly hairy. The real Hairless Terriers lose these few hairs after a few weeks. The skin of the animals tans in the sun. In winter they are lighter than in summer. Intense sun or cold weather may require protective measures (sunscreen and coat), especially for the lighter types.

Appearance and coat of the American Hairless Terrier

Due to the fine pigmentation of the skin, one might think at first glance that he has a very fine coat. In fact, however, this sheen emanates from the silky soft skin. The skin color ranges from a soft white-pink to gray or light brown. There may be light or dark brown, grey, reddish or black spots on the skin.

The legs are high, the body is slender and muscular. The ears are pointed upwards and are always directed towards reception. The head is slender, graceful and fits perfectly to the elegant body line. The tail is pointed and also hairless.

The skin needs no special care. Coarse dirt should be removed with a soft brush or the dog should be bathed. The American Hairless Terrier has almost no inherent odor.

  • soft skin with a silky sheen
  • long legs and athletic build
  • skin pigments in the sun

Size, weight and life expectancy of the American Hairless Terrier

The height at withers of males and females is between 20 and 40 cm. The weight is 5 to 18 kg.

The American Hairless Terrier can live from 12 to 14 years.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Standing Ears
Tail lang
Anatomy sporty
Size ♀ 18 - 46 cm
Weight ♀ 2 - 12 kg
Size ♂ 18 - 46 cm
Weight ♂ 2 - 12 kg
Suitable For suitable for allergy sufferers


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  • Skin inflammations

    Can be hereditary in certain breeds.

Sources and relevant links

American Kennel Club

Accessed on 08.05.2023

American Hairless Terrier Club of America

Accessed on 08.05.2023

American Hairless Terrier Association

Accessed on 08.05.2023

Eva-Maria Krämer (2017). Der KOSMOS-Hundeführer. Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-Gmbh & Company KG.

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