American Hairless Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about American Hairless Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.
Other Names |
What other names does the American Hairless Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group |
Is American Hairless Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2016 as a Terrier breed.|
FCI Group |
Is American Hairless Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Not recognized by FCI.|
How much does the American Hairless Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? American Hairless Terrier price:
If you choose to purchase the American Hairless Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a American Hairless Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the American Hairless Terrier gets to a happy place.
American Hairless Terrier History
The American Hairless Terrier is a newly developed breed, originating from the United States of America, less than 50 years ago. Thanks to the breed’s recent development, the breed’s history is well-documented. The breed is a direct descendant of the Rat Terrier.
The breed’s antecedent, the Rat Terrier, has been around since the 1800s. They were created in England, for the same purpose as many Terrier breeds, in order to control the rats and other rodent populations in the towns. Most of the Terrier breeds were also employed on farms and in the infamous rat pits, where spectators bet on the number of rats, that their most favored Terriers could kill. In the late 1800s, Terriers were brought to America by British immigrants. Around the middle of the 1950s, the breed was crossed with the Smooth Fox Terrier, in order to perfect the breed.
Much later, in 1972, in Trout, Louisiana, a mutation occurred in a litter of American Rat Puppies owned by the Scott family, resulting in an unexpected hair loss in a female specimen called Josephine, she was the first terrier missing hair recorded in history. This female specimen was bred many times with the intention of creating more unique hairless puppies. Unfortunately, the Scott family couldn’t produce more, the majority of the puppies did not exhibit this unique, hairless trait. Surprisingly, eight years later, Josephine gave birth to a pair of hairless puppies named, Snoopy and Jemima. In 1983, Snoopy was bred to his sister and this litter successfully produced several hairless offspring, thus a new breed, the American Hairless Terrier was born. They continued to breed some specimens of the American Hairless Terriers with the Rat Terriers, with the intention of making the DNA base and the breed pool as healthy as possible. The Scott family founded a dog kennel for the breed called Trout Creek Kennel, where the siblings were mated with each other, and their offspring sold all over the world.
The UKC (United Kennel Club) recognized the Rat Terrier relatively late, in 1999. At that time, the American Hairless Terriers were included in the same category as their ancestor, nonetheless, the Scott family worked tirelessly with the aim to separate the two breeds. Consequently, they formed the AHTA (American Hairless Terrier Association). In 2004, the UKC finally recognized the American Hairless Terrier as a distinct breed, and the AKC (American Kennel Club) followed in 2016 with the registration. While maintaining the Terrier’s natural prey drive, it is widely known that the American Hairless Terrier should not be used as a working breed, due to the lack of protection on their thin skin. Therefore, the breed is mostly enjoyed as a family pet.
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? American Hairless Terrier size:
How much does the American Hairless Terrier weigh? American Hairless Terrier weight:
|5-16 pounds (2.5-7 kg)|
Avg. Weight |
What is the average weight of the American Hairless Terrier? American Hairless Terrier average weight:
|10.5 pounds (2.6 kg)|
How tall is the American Hairless Terrier? American Hairless Terrier height:
|7-16 inches (18-41 cm)|
Avg. Height |
What is the average height of this fido? American Hairless Terrier average height:
|11.5 inches (29.5 cm)|
What type of coat does the American Hairless Terrier have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper American Hairless Terrier's coat?
How to groom the American Hairless Terrier and how often?
Advanced: The American Hairless Terrier requires a lot of grooming. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer can be helpful sometimes. Regular brushed dog's coat is less likely to shed. Ears and eyes should be cleaned often to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Occasional dog nail trimming and dog bath is important. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your American Hairless Terrier a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your American Hairless Terrier, search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level |
How much do American Hairless Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the AHT? American Hairless Terrier shedding level:
American Hairless Terriers shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. American Hairless Terrier dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.
What kind of personality does the American Hairless Terrier have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the American Hairless Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Average: American Hairless Terrier's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Are American Hairless Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
American Hairless Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
The American Hairless Terrier is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? American Hairless Terrier sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. American Hairless Terriers don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they?
American Hairless Terriers are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the AHT need? American Hairless Terrier social needs:
American Hairless Terriers are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Do American Hairless Terrier dogs bark a lot? Why does my AHT bark?
Low to Average: The American Hairless Terrier rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is American Hairless Terrier good as a watchdog?
American Hairless Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Do American Hairless Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
American Hairless Terriers strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential |
Do American Hairless Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the AHT? What are the odds of getting bitten by a American Hairless Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?
The American Hairless Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the American Hairless Terrier do?
American Hairless Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but American Hairless Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the American Hairless Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does American Hairless Terrier roam?
American Hairless Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does American Hairless Terrier have high prey drive?
American Hairless Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that American Hairless Terrier dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly |
Is American Hairless Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
American Hairless Terriers are apartment-friendly dogs. Besides the daily walks outside they don't require a big garden.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
American Hairless Terriers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
Can you leave this breed home alone?
American Hairless Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog |
Where American Hairless Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
|Not really |
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they friendly with strangers?
American Hairless Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly |
Are American Hairless Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? American Hairless Terrier and children:
American Hairless Terriers are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do American Hairless Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
American Hairless Terriers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly |
Is American Hairless Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do American Hairless Terrier dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
American Hairless Terriers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly |
Are American Hairless Terriers good office dogs? Do American Hairless Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can American Hairless Terriers be office dogs?
American Hairless Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do American Hairless Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the AHT temperament with senior people? Are American Hairless Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
American Hairless Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do American Hairless Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are American Hairless Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
American Hairless Terriers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is American Hairless Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
American Hairless Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can American Hairless Terrier be a service dog?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). American Hairless Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can American Hairless Terrier be a therapy dog?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. American Hairless Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can American Hairless Terrier be a sniffer dog?
|Not really |
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. American Hairless Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can American Hairless Terrier be a search and rescue dog?
|Not really |
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The American Hairless Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can American Hairless Terrier be a boat dog?
|Not really |
American Hairless Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can American Hairless Terrier be a drafting dog?
|Not really |
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. American Hairless Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy breed? Do American Hairless Terrier dogs have health problems?
The American Hairless Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy |
How long do American Hairless Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a American Hairless Terrier be?
Is the American Hairless Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
American Hairless Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the American Hairless Terrier have?
American Hairless Terriers have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need |
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do American Hairless Terrier dogs require per day?
American Hairless Terriers exercise need is minimal. If you live a slow life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does this fido need?
American Hairless Terriers sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption |
How much food does the American Hairless Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
|1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? American Hairless Terrier risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The American Hairless Terrier has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the American Hairless Terrier's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
|Prefers average to warm weather conditions|
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The American Hairless Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency |
Does the American Hairless Terrier drool?
The American Hairless Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the American Hairless Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the American Hairless Terrier. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
Reproductive cycle of the female American Hairless Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
|How often can the American Hairless Terrier have a litter?||Once a year.|
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the American Hairless Terrier have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
American Hairless Terrier Pros & Cons
- Trainability: American Hairless Terriers are easy to train.
- Apartment Friendly: American Hairless Terriers are apartment-friendly dogs.
- Shedding Level: American Hairless Terriers shed none to minimal.
- Drooling tendency: The American Hairless Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
- Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
- Child Friendly: American Hairless Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: American Hairless Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
- Hypoallergenic: American Hairless Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
- Grooming: Advanced: The American Hairless Terrier requires a lot of grooming.
- Mouthiness: American Hairless Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
- Impulse to Wander or Roam: American Hairless Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: American Hairless Terriers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
- Office Friendly: American Hairless Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
- Good For First Time Owners: American Hairless Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
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- Sofey the animal lover
Apr 1, 2020, 5:05:47 PM:
super loving and adorable so cute and preciose