American Hairless Terrier
The gentle, hypoallergenic companion
The American Hairless Terrier, also known as "AHT", is a unique and charming dog breed that combines the terrier's curiosity and playfulness with the benefits of a hairless dog. Originally from the United States, the AHT is the only terrier breed known to be completely hairless, making it an excellent choice for allergy sufferers or those who prefer a more hygienic dog.
The American Hairless Terrier began as a mutation in a litter of Rat Terriers in Louisiana, USA, in the 1970s. One pair in the litter was completely hairless, unlike their furry siblings. These unique puppies became the foundation of the American Hairless Terrier breed, which was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2016.
Traits and Temperament
Like other terrier breeds, the American Hairless Terrier is an energetic, alert and curious breed. They are known for their friendly and playful temperament, and they thrive in the company of people. They can be reserved with strangers, but they are generally well-behaved and like to be the center of attention.
The American Hairless Terrier is a small to medium sized dog breed, with adult dogs typically weighing between 5 and 7 kg. Wither height ranges from 18 to 41 cm, making them a very manageable size for most homes and families.
Appearance and Coat
As the name suggests, the American Hairless Terrier is a hairless breed. They have smooth, soft skin that can come in a range of colors and patterns. Their lack of fur gives them a unique appearance, and although they may have eyebrows and whiskers, they lack hair on the rest of their bodies.
One of the great advantages of the American Hairless Terrier is their hypoallergenic nature. Their lack of fur means they do not shed, which is a common source of allergens in other dog breeds. This makes the AHT an excellent choice for people with dog allergies or those who prefer a more hygienic dog breed.
How much fur does an American Hairless Terrier shed?
As a hairless breed, the American Hairless Terrier does not shed fur. This means they don't require much grooming, although they may need protection from the sun and cold due to their lack of natural insulation.
Are American Hairless Terriers Family Friendly?
Absolutely! American Hairless Terriers are known to be very social and friendly dogs that love human company. They are very child-friendly and can be good companions for the whole family, as long as they are treated with respect and kindness.
Acquiring an American Hairless Terrier
Acquiring an American Hairless Terrier requires careful consideration. Their unique needs, including the need for protection from the sun and cold, should be carefully considered. It's also important to only buy from responsible breeders who test their dogs for genetic diseases and prioritize the dogs' overall health and well-being.
How many American Hairless Terriers are there in Sweden?
In Sweden, there are 377 registered American Hairless Terriers Per 2022-12-31.