Quick Facts About American Hairless Terriers:
- Average Weight: 6 – 10 pounds
- Average Height: 10 – 18 inches
- Ideal Human Companions: Singles, active, sporty types, families
- Trademark Traits: Bold, loyal, playful, gentle, eager to please, intelligent
Things You Should Know
A healthy American Hairless Terrier can live as long as 16 years with relatively few genetic health issues. Because their hairless gene is recessive, American Hairless Terriers do not suffer from the health complications and skin ailments associated with other hairless canines. Make sure they have sunscreen in the summer and sweaters in the winter.
American Hairless Terriers need at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, whether through walks, jogs through the neighborhood or hikes in the park. Highly intelligent, they also like constructive games and tasks to keep their active minds sharp. They will be happy living in an apartment as long as they get enough daily exercise.
American Hairless Terrier History
The American Hairless Terrier originated very recently. In 1972, a hairless female appeared in a Rat Terrier’s litter. The breeder, Edwin Scott, used this smooth canine — named Josephine — to produce a new breed he called the American Hairless.
The Look of an American Hairless Terrier
American Hairless Terriers have small, compact and muscular frames covered in just about any color skin, but they are commonly found with pinkish skin and red, gray, black or golden spots. Their small heads have medium-length muzzles, black noses and ears that stick up. They have strong necks and shoulders, deep chests and sturdy legs. Overall, American Hairless Terriers have a tough, alert, and outgoing look.