American Hairless Terrier

A lively, energetic, alert, friendly and fun loving small dog. Can be feisty. Loves to cuddle. Relatively easy to train. Gets along well with children and people. As they were originally working dogs they can still have a strong hunting instinct. They enjoy human company very much and willingly share activities with their owners. Suits town and country.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Medium. About 1-1.5 hours a day. Will do more. As these were working breed they will happily engage in hours of fun.

Size: Small to medium – 10 to 18 inches tall

Weight: Light. 10-20lbs.

Colour: Tan (skin colour)

Town or Country: Both - suited for town, city and country.

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: A moderately active family with older or respectful children, singles or couples that are moderately active, where someone is willing to be ‘pack leader’, have fun, and where they see grooming time as beneficial ‘bonding’ time. Suitable for first time owners.

Group: Terrier

Originally From: USA, circa 1972.

Original Purpose: Working. The AHT is descended from American Rat Terriers.

Living Space: Low

Coat: Hairless except for eyebrows and whiskers. Slight ‘peach fuzz’ over skin.

Grooming: Medium to high. Bathing to keep skin clean and reduce clogged pores is required – frequency can be as much as twice a week or as little as once a month. Also will require skin moisturising. Sun cream is also required.

Children: Medium to High. They will engage in fun willingly. However they do not tolerate misbehaviour and lack of respect (which means they can nip as a warning).

Sociability with strangers: High

Sociability with animals or other dogs: Moderate/High. Mostly ok, but care should be taken with some smaller animals and pets because of their hunting origins. Some do not get along well with other dogs.

Trainability: Moderate/High. They love human companionship and take positive direction (with rewards) well. However some are strong willed and need an ‘alpha’ pack leader.

Noise Level: Will bark enthusiastically when visitors first arrive. Some can be persistent barkers.

Known Health Issues: Luxating patella – slipped knees – are the main problem. Also ask about Legg-Calve Perthes, deafness, demodectic mange and general allergies.

Lifespan: 12-15 years

Special Needs: Will always require coat in cool and cold weather. Mild baby or dog shampoo required. Suncream essential.    Send article as PDF