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Elk-a-Bee History

The Elk-a-Bee is a relatively recent hybrid, or designer, breed that was created in the 1990s by crossing the American Hairless Terrier (AHT) with the Australian Silky Terrier (AST). The Elk-a-Bee is a mixture of two purebred dogs, the American Hairless Terrier (AHT) and the Australian Silky Terrier (AST), that are related by parentage. The Elk-a-Bee is a fairly new hybrid, or designer, breed of dog that was invented by breeding an American Hairless Terrier (AHT) with a Australian Silky Terrier (AST). The first litter of puppies was born in the early 1990s and is credited with starting the fad for hairless terrier hybrids. The AHT is a medium-sized, long-haired, and mostly white or cream-colored dog. The AHT originated in Ohio in the early 1900s when a dog named Captain was crossed with a China terrier. The AHT was originally created to be a ratter, but is now primarily a companion animal. The AST is an even smaller, short-coated, and mostly black or silver colored dog. The AST is also a relatively new breed that was created by crossing a Yorkshire Terrier and a Maltese. The AHS and AST are considered to be closely related, and it is unclear what the differences are between the AHS and AST.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Elk-a-Bee Physical Characteristics

The Elk-a-Bee is a very small, short-haired, large-headed breed of canine. They originated in Australia and were originally bred as ratters and hunters. They are alert, intelligent, and agile. They have a squarish head, heavy bones, and long legs. The Elk-a-Bee has a muscular neck, a docked tail, and fairly long, floppy ears. They are a hardy breed, but need occasional grooming.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

White, Brown, Black

Height Range

Male Height Range: 15 – 21 inches

Female Height Range: 15 – 19 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 20 – 50 lbs

Female Weight Range: 20 – 45 lbs

Elk-a-Bee Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Elk-a-Bee Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), None

Elk-a-Bee Temperament and Behaviour

The Elk-A-Bee’s are very intelligent and love to learn new things. They are very active and need a lot of exercise to be happy. They are friendly and curious, but wary of strangers. They love to dig and chase small animals, but are also very gentle and sweet-natured.

Elk-a-Bee Activity Requirements

Elk-a-bees are a relatively rare breed of dog that was developed by crossing a Beagle with a Standard Poodle. They are friendly, intelligent, and eager to please. While Elk-a-bees do require regular exercise, they are fairly low energy. They do not require hikes or long walks, but they do enjoy a play session. An hour or two a day should suffice to meet the needs of most Elk-a-bees. While they enjoy a walk, they are not as focused as some breeds. They can easily get distracted and may not get much out of a long walk. An outing in the park or a quick walk around the block should suffice. While they are not as athletic as some other dogs, they do require regular walks. An Elk-a-bee that is not walked regularly may become overweight and develop other health issues.

Miles Per Day

12 miles

Activity Per Day

90 minutes

Daily Food

3 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Elk-a-Bee is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Elk-a-Bee is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Elk-a-Bee is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Elk-a-Bee is part of the Unclassified group.

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