American Hairless Terrier

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Overview
Developed during the 1970s by breeder Edwin Scott, the American Hairless Terrier descended by chance from purebred, coated Rat Terriers. With the awareness of allergy sufferers to this unique breed they become popular in the United States and such countries as England, Finland, and Canada. American Hairless Terrier's are the first Hairless breed to have originated in the United States.

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Character
Small to medium in size, the American Hairless Terrier is agile, active, and smoothly muscled. They are elegant, compact, exhibit a confident appearance, and have an inquisitive expression.

Does your American Hairless Terrier bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
Temperament
Affectionate, playful, and loving, the American Hairless Terrier is also fearless and fiesty. They do best with older, considerate children or children they have been with since puppyhood. They do well with dogs, cats, and other household pets. The American Hairless Terrier breed is typically very social and friendly with strangers but can also be territorial. They make good watchdogs as they will bark to alert their family to visitors and out of the ordinary sounds.
Care
The skin of the American Hairless Terrier must be protected from both heat and cold; sunscreen in the Summer, a sweater in the Winter. Regular bathing is recommended using a mild shampoo. To prevent dry skin, lotion should be applied. The nails should be checked and kept trimmed. American Hairless Terrier's are prone to skin rashes.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
Coat
The American Hairless Terrier comes in two different varieties: Hairless and Coated. In the Hairless variety puppies are born with a fine, soft "down" that diminishes by the age of 8 weeks leaving the puppy hairless. In the Coated variety the coat is dense, short, smooth, and sleek.
Training
The American Hairless Terrier is easily trained. Early socialization and obedience are recommended. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new American Hairless Terrier puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
Activity
The American Hairless Terrier breed is active indoors and is generally suited for city and apartment living. Ideally, a small or medium-sized securely fenced yard is best as the American Hairless Terrier thrives on off-lead play. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
Weight
5-16 lbs
Height
7-16 inches
Color(s)
Parti-color over underlying skin color; white, black, tan, fawn; bi or tri-color, sable, brindle.

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American Hairless Terrier Questions

My son has many allergies, one being dog... With the proper professional training, would the American Hairless Terrier breed be a good service dog?

Answer:
A service dog is just that, a dog that helps a person whom is disabled in some way make their life easier. A service dog must be able to preform at least 3 tasks to help their handler make their day-to-day life easier. The American Hairless Terrier is a small breed of dog and so normally is not used as a service dog. Contact your local service dog training center and propose this question to them. They will be able to determine what kind of service dog your son needs and what hypoallergenic breed of dog that would work for him.

Do the coated American Hairless Terrier's have the same allergy profile as the naked ones? I understand the hair issue but do they both have the same low level of dander?

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Yes, the coated American Hairless Terrier still has the same allergy profile as the one's without hair. They are within the range of the same level of dander as the hairless ones.

Are American Hairless Terrier's good tempered?

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American Hairless Terrier's are very much so. They're just beautifully tempered.

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American Hairless Terrier's need to be socialized to accept strangers, and are wonderful with people they know

Do American Hairless Terrier's need lots of grooming?

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The American Hairless Terrier's skin needs to be protected from heat and cold so in the summer sunblock should be applied to his skin and in the winter a doggie coat or sweater will do fine. They can also get rashes so you can try using lotion to prevent that.

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Grooming consists of a weekly bath, trim nails and ears cleaned out.

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