The Hairless Terrier is considered as a good pet for people who suffer from allergies. It is a friendly, outgoing, intelligent, and working breed. It originated in 1972 when a hairless female pup was born in a litter of medium-sized rat terriers. She was taken in by Willie and Edwin Scot, who lived in Louisiana. They named their new puppy Josephine. Even though they were first-time dog owners and had never bred or raised puppies before, they decided to try to reproduce the hairless dog.
Even though they were told by many scientists that this was not possible and would turn out to be a failure, they went ahead and bred Josephine. In her very first litter, a little female hairless terrier was born but she was to small to be bred. Over the next several years, Josephine was bred many more times never giving birth to another hairless pup, until 1981 when a hairless female and a hairless male pup were born. These were bred with their littermates, and the American Hairless Terrier originated.
This dog is 18 to 45 cm (7 to 18 inches) tall. It weighs 2.5 to 12 kg (7 to 25 pounds). Its average lifespan is 14 to 16 years. Eyes are blue, amber, brown, turquoise, or gray in color. The skin can be white, black, blue, brown, pink, tan, or sable in color. The skin tends to darken on exposure to the sun. Unlike some other breeds, this is not a toy breed. It is a working dog. This breed very active and athletic. However, this dog is not a very good swimmer and should be supervised when in water.
Nature and Maintenance
This is a dog that loves to play and to dig. Due to its hairlessness, it needs to be protected from hot and cold weather. In cold weather, there are many types of jackets and such other things that you can buy for your pet to keep him/her comfortable. In hot weather, it is recommended that you put sunscreen on your dog to prevent sunburn. It is also recommended that you use lotion to keep the skin soft and in perfect condition. Bathing is really up to the owner, but once to three times a week is recommended.
This is an active breed, so daily walks are a must. This dog is playful and affectionate, and does best with children when raised with them from puppyhood. It should not be used in hunting because of the fact that it does not have any protective hair. When outside, it has a tendency to get into things and get scratched. These scratches should be treated with a little bit of peroxide or other antiseptic creams or agents, to prevent infection and to improve the healing process.
Dogs like the Chinese Crested and the Peruvian hairless are gaining popularity as allergy-free dogs, but this breed passes them all. This dog has very little health problems apart from a few allergies that all other breeds suffer.
This dog is easily-trained and is perfect for people who have allergy problems. Always try to get a puppy from a breeder who has a good reputation in his area. Try not to order over the internet unless you have had the opportunity to see the puppy yourself. Be very careful when choosing a puppy because there are a lot of people out there that are in it only for the money. Ill-bred puppies suffer from serious physical and mental health issues.
Its wonderful personality makes it a very good pet. It is a lot of fun to be around due to its loving and playful nature.