American Hairless Terrier

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American Hairless Terrier History

The American Hairless Terrier is a hairless breed of terrier developed in the United States. The coat of the American Hairless Terrier is sparse and fine. The hair on the neck and tail is the longest, with the body covered in a complete coat of fur that is similar in texture to peach fuzz. The ancestors of the AHT can be traced back to the extinct Xoloitzcuintli. The AHT is a fairly new breed of dog, which was developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The first AHTs were the result of a cross-breeding between the Xolo and the Irish Terrier.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America


English White Terrier

American Hairless Terrier Physical Characteristics

The American Hairless Terrier is a small, medium-to-large sized breed that typically stands between 12 and 16 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 15 and 35 pounds. They have a low, long body and a compact build with a very long, fine, soft, and sleek hairless tail. Their skin is very elastic and smooth and they are covered with short, thick, and stiff hair. They have round eyes that are usually dark brown. They have a large skull with a prominent forehead and pointed muzzle. They have large teeth that close in a scissors or level bite. They have small, erect ears and their paws are very small. They are friendly, playful, and intelligent.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Brindle, Brown, Black, Sable, Blue, Red

Height Range

Male Height Range: 12 – 16 inches

Female Height Range: 12 – 16 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 12 – 24 lbs

Female Weight Range: 12 – 24 lbs

American Hairless Terrier Health

Description of breed health.


14-16 yrs

American Hairless Terrier Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Hemophilia, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Cushing’s Disease, Teeth Issues, Liver Shunts, Demodectic Mange, Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy, Von Willebrand’s Disease

American Hairless Terrier Temperament and Behaviour

The American Hairless Terrier is an alert and active breed, typically friendly and outgoing with strangers. They are usually good with other pets and children, although may be territorial with other dogs. They are intelligent and eager to please, making them easy to train. This breed needs plenty of physical and mental stimulation to avoid boredom and destructive behaviors.

American Hairless Terrier Activity Requirements

American Hairless Terriers were bred to be hunting dogs. They are still used today as ratters and guard dogs and are fiercely protective of their homes and families. They are small, sturdy, and muscular, with a unique, sleek, “rat-like” appearance. American Hairless Terriers can be high energy and active. They are happiest when they have a job to do. They are best suited to homes where they can spend plenty of time outside playing, digging, and running around. They will need a minimum of one hour of exercise and, if necessary, can split up this amount of time into several short sessions. While many owners choose to keep their American Hairless Terriers in fenced yards, this is not required. They do, however, have a stubborn streak that makes them hard to train, so be sure you are ready to commit to training before you bring one of these terriers into your family.

Miles Per Day


Activity Per Day


Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

American Hairless Terrier is part of the Terrier group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

American Hairless Terrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

American Hairless Terrier is part of the Terrier group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

American Hairless Terrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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