American Hairless Terriers are identical in appearance to the medium-sized Rat Terriers they are descendant from. Their small bodies are well-muscled and feature a deep chest, a strong neck, and long, springy limbs. Their comparatively large ears are triangular in shape and stand erect. American Hairless Terriers have pink skin with spots in a variety of colors. Although American Hairless Terriers are born with fuzz on their bodies, they are completely hairless by the age of six weeks. The breed has normal whiskers and eyebrows.
Ears do not always stand Erect. They often fold over.
American Hairless Terriers are curious, lively, and playful. They are very loving and affectionate, and they make wonderful companions for everybody. They are a social breed and are friendly with most strangers, but they can also be territorial. The breed makes good watchdogs- even though they aren’t yappers like many other similar breeds. American Hairless Terriers should be supervised, as they are not good swimmers and are comparatively easily injured. They are intelligent, feisty, and courageous, and they are easily trained. They might break out in a sweat if scared or hot.
American Hairless Terriers are not susceptible to a number of the health difficulties that affect other hairless breeds. The breed is prone to skin rashes. Their skin needs protection from the sun and cold. Allergies are common in this breed.
It is believed that the American Hairless Terrier originated when a hairless puppy appeared in a litter of Rat Terriers in Louisiana, in 1972. The owners of the litter, Edwin and Willie Scott, continued to breed the dog in the hopes of reproducing the hairless quality. In 1981, they produced a litter that served as the foundation of the breed.
Besides protecting the American Hairless Terrier from extreme weather conditions, they are a comparatively low-maintenance breed. They should be bathed regularly- at least once a week. The breed’s nails should be kept trimmed, and lotion might be necessary to prevent dry skin. They don’t shed or get fleas, but they do shed skin cells. If an American Hairless Terrier is scratched or cut, the wounds should be treated with an antiseptic agent like hydrogen peroxide. American Hairless Terriers are generally a good pet for those that suffer from allergies.
American Hairless Terriers are comparatively active indoors, and they generally do okay in any living environment. It’s important for them to get exercise on a daily basis, especially if they live in a small household or an apartment. A small or medium-sized yard is ideal for this breed, as they enjoy playing games and running around outside.
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- you say they are not good swimmers,and you also say they injur easily. What do mean ...
you say they are not good swimmers,and you also say they injur easily. What do mean because we take our dog to the park she love to run but I don't her to get injured. Also what do you use to bath the american hairless rat terrier...Asked by Anonymous - 2 answers
- I am a new AHT owner. We've had our guy for about 5 months. He has a "rash" or bumps all ...
I am a new AHT owner. We've had our guy for about 5 months. He has a "rash" or bumps all over his body. Vet. gave us a medicated shampoo to use but it doesn't seem to be help him. We live in a small town, this is the first AHT that...Asked by Anonymous - 5 answers
- My 3 yr old AHT has had dry and flakey skin for a few months. Lotion does not seem to help. ...
My 3 yr old AHT has had dry and flakey skin for a few months. Lotion does not seem to help. Now she has big bumps and a lot of sores and blackheads on her back. What should we do? Is she maybe allergic to her food?Asked by Anonymous - 0 answers
- Our AHt puppy also has a rash alll over his back, we have been using baby body wash but ...
Our AHt puppy also has a rash alll over his back, we have been using baby body wash but that seems to make it worse,also try using baby lotion instead of the normal kind, we think that maybe hes allergic to it, but we don't know...Asked by Anonymous - 1 answers