One of the biggest drawbacks to owning a dog is dealing with all the shedding. If you let your pup stay inside with you, it won’t take long for everything you own to be covered in a layer of his fur.
It’s understandable, then, that many people would consider adopting a hairless breed instead. They offer all the same advantages that regular dogs do, without any of the mess (well, without any of the shedding, anyway).
Below is a list of hairless breeds where you may be able to find a pet that won’t redecorate your home with his hair.
1. American Hairless Terrier
Who would’ve guessed that the American Hairless Terrier would be, well, hairless? This is a relatively new dog that originated in Louisiana in the late 1970s.
It looks just like a regular pooch, complete with colorful markings, so you wouldn’t even know it was hairless until you touched it and realized it feels like a deflated basketball.
The Xoloitzcuintli gets its day in the sun every few years when the media decides to report on the results of the “World’s Ugliest Dog” contest. Xolos do very well in that competition, and it’s not hard to see why.
They’re unattractive under the best conditions, but when you add in the fact that they’re prone to mange, overbites, and bulging eyes, you get the recipe for a dog that’s so unbelievably ugly that it’s actually kind of cute.
3. Peruvian Inca Orchid
This breed looks a lot like the American Hairless Terrier, except it’s been around for a lot longer — about 11,000 years longer, in fact. The Incas often kept these dogs during the height of their civilization.
Why? Who knows — maybe they had allergies?
4. Chinese Crested
Remember the “World’s Ugliest Dog” contest we mentioned? Well, the Chinese Crested is the only breed that can reliably give the Xoloitzcuintli a run for its money.
These dogs aren’t completely hairless, as they have long tufts of fur on their face, neck, and paws. They were originally bred to catch rodents, and they were hopefully also bred to never catch a glimpse of themselves in the mirror.
5. Argentine Pila
What these South American pooches lack in fur, they make up for in longevity, as they often live for 20 years or more. However, those years are often uncomfortable, as the breed is prone to suffer from a host of skin conditions.
They come in a wide range of sizes, but regardless of their stature, they’re lovable and loyal, making them great family pets. Even better, if your kids misbehave, you can threaten to shave them like you did the dog…
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Also, if you look at them long enough, you’ll eventually start to think that they’re cute (you’ll just have to trust us on this).
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