The American Hairless Terrier: A Complete Guide

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The American Hairless Terrier began back in 1972 when a little hairless puppy was born into a litter of Rat Terriers.

Since then, they have been recognized as a separate breed. They developed many characteristics over time that distinguished them from their origins.

They are smaller, have new eye colors and new patterns, and lack hair. All these traits make them a unique breed from the Rat Terrier.

American Hairless Terriers are playful, intelligent, inquisitive and feisty, as are most Terriers. They are very affectionate dogs and love spending time with their humans. But they can also be territorial.

They are good-natured with strangers and not too wary. They make excellent watchdogs.

They may chase after small animals, so keep your American Hairless Terrier in a secure area or on a leash when outdoors.

You’ll need to take them for daily walks and play so they can expel some energy.

American Hairless Terriers really like to dig, so create a designated area in your yard to allow them to fulfill this instinct.

Because of their small size and indoor activity, they are suitable for apartment living.

American Hairless Terriers don’t shed. They create minimal dander from skin cell shedding occasionally.

American Hairless Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…

American Hairless Terriers are affectionate, alert, and intelligent.

What Price are American Hairless Terrier Puppies?

The price of American Hairless Terrier puppies is between $300 to $500.

How to Find Reputable American Hairless Terrier Breeders?

Many people now know that they should skip buying puppies from pet stores, and that they should steer clear of puppy farmers. But that still leaves a lot of breeders to choose from.

A reputable breeder has several defining features. All good dog breeders will take great care of their dogs.

They will provide health tests on their breeding stock and willingly provide information and follow-up care for their puppy buyers.

You won’t know for sure what conditions the puppies are kept in until you visit them personally.

But there are things you can ask in advance that are good indicators that a breeder puts the welfare of their dogs before financial considerations.

A considerate breeder will not have more than three litters from a female in its lifetime. They will not have so many dogs that they cannot give them individual attention.

A reputable breeder will not own a lot of puppies. They will have a good relationship with each of them.

There are a number of ways to find a reputable breeder. These include puppy advertisements and breeder advertisements in newspapers and online.

Breed clubs will be able to put you in touch with local American Hairless Terrier breeders and this is a good way to start your search. Most of these clubs now have websites, as do many breeders.

Even reputable breeders sometimes need to advertise their puppies, especially if they have a very big litter, or if their buyers unexpectedly change their minds at the last minute.

However, there are no guarantees. You should treat any advertisement with some suspicion until you have satisfied yourself with the breeder’s credentials.

Once you have found a good breeder, you can now choose a puppy. Don’t be put off if there is no choice. The breeder knows their puppies best and only want to match them to the right homes.

Finding a good breeder is also about knowing how to recognize a bad one. Make sure you know what to look out for. Be willing to walk away if things don’t seem right.

3 Little-Known Facts About American Hairless Terrier Puppies

  1. The American Hairless Terrier is a relatively new breed, first developed in the United States during the 1970’s in Trout, Louisiana.
  2. American Hairless Terriers are exclusively descended from Rat Terriers, and until 2004 were not fully separated from that breed.
  3. Known for being lively, intelligent, and affectionate pets, the American Hairless Terrier is rapidly increasing in popularity because many people believe that it is an excellent dog for allergy sufferers.
    The American Hairless Terrier is also known as the Hairless Rat Terrier, American Hairless, and the AHT.

Physical Traits of the American Hairless Terrier

American Hairless Terriers love to play, dig, and chase small game.

American Hairless Terriers are small to medium-sized dogs who are muscular and active. Because of their hairless coats, they are not suitable for hunting or ratting.

American Hairless Terriers have wedge-shaped heads with round, medium-sized eyes.

The eye color can vary with the skin color. They are commonly dark brown, amber, or hazel, but they can also be blue or gray. The feet are compact and oval-shaped, and they have slightly longer toes in the middle.

Their V-shaped ears may stand erect or be tipped or buttoned. The tail is thick at the base and tapers to the end.

How Big is a Full-Grown American Hairless Terrier?

The American Hairless Terrier usually grows to 12 to 16 inches in height and weigh 12 to 16 pounds.

What is the Life Expectancy of the American Hairless Terrier?

The life expectancy of the American Hairless Terrier is 14 to 16 years.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the American Hairless Terrier

The American Hairless Terrier is a lively, curious, and intelligent breed, sporting a strong athletic body.

They originated in a Rat Terrier litter. But to truly understand their personality, it is important to know that the Rat Terrier was developed from breeding a mixture of different dogs.

This mix included the European Terrier breeds like Miniature Pinscher, Feist, Beagle, and Italian Greyhound. This mix makes them a pure Terrier through and through.

These dogs are fearless, feisty, lively, and eager to please. They enjoy digging, chasing prey, and taking long walks.

Even though they are a Terrier, they should not be used for hunting because they lack the harsh protective coat that protects other Terrier breeds from the elements, as well as objects in the terrain.

This makes him a great companion for anyone. They are terrific with children, especially if they are raised with them from puppyhood.

The American Hairless Terrier will also break out in a sweat when feeling scared or hot. They are fairly territorial. Like all dogs, they need a human who understands how to be their leader.

For the most part, they are friendly with strangers and make good watchdogs.

They are not good swimmers and need to be closely monitored. The temperament of these dogs is pure Terrier.

The American Hairless Terrier’s Diet

The American Hairless Terrier is good-natured with strangers and not too wary.

American Hairless Terrier puppies between 8 and 12 weeks old need 4 bowls of food per day.

Puppies that are 3 to 6 months old need to be fed three meals in a day. Older puppies up to a year old can be fed twice in a 24-hour period.

When they hit a year old, they can eat a bowl of food daily and that should be adequate. Excellent-quality dry dog food ensures a well-rounded diet to full-grown American Hairless Terriers.

It can be mixed with water, broth, or canned food. Your American Hairless Terrier may also love cottage cheese, cooked eggs, fruits, and vegetables.

How Much Exercise Does an American Hairless Terrier Need?

American Hairless Terriers need about 30 minutes per day of active exercise, some of which they can get indoors.

They can excel in agility and perform well as a watchdog. They enjoy frolicking in the water but are not good swimmers.

These dogs need exercise each day. Otherwise, they can develop behavioral problems. American Hairless Terriers are very powerful and athletic and need a significant amount of exercise.

Owners should not purchase these dogs if they cannot take them on a long walk every day.

When they don’t have an outlet for their excess energy, they can become destructive and develop behavioral problems.

American Hairless Terrier Health and Conditions

The American Hairless Terrier is susceptible to sunburn and allergies.

Additionally, some health problems also include microvascular dysplasia, primary lens luxation, Hemophilia A, Cushing’s Disease, Legg-Calvé-Perthes, Von Willebrand’s Disease, and Blue Dog Disease.

Other health concerns are thyroid problems, heart murmurs, seizures, allergies, diabetes, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, epilepsy, deafness, liver shunt, cleft palate, immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, malocclusions, and demodectic mange.

This breed is also prone to club foot and frontal leg diameter abnormality.

My Final Thoughts on the American Hairless Terrier

Like most Terriers, American Hairless Terriers are affectionate, alert, and intelligent.

They are also a very loving breed and get along excellently with children.

They also possess the boldness and determination of Terriers that make them effective guard dogs.

Like all Terriers, they love to play, dig, chase small game, and compete in agility trials.

It is important to keep this in mind if you plan to get an American Hairless Terrier because catering to his needs can sometimes be an overwhelming task for a mild or laidback pet owner.

American Hairless Terriers are also eager to please.

They are highly trainable and respond well to positive reinforcement-based training methods.

They can become stubborn if their owner fails to demonstrate calm but firm leadership.

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OVERALL SUMMARY

8
Cost to Buy
7
Cuteness Level
9
Family Safety
9
Friendliness
5
Health Concerns
7
Life Span
7
Exercise Required
3.5
Food Required
OVERALL RATING 6.9 / 10

Written by Emily Green

Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 2 dogs; Bilbo and Hannah, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she's not nerding out on dogs, you'll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in BuzzFeed, Dogtime, and ModernDog.

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