The American Hairless Terrier, also called AHT, is a fairly new dog breed that actually becomes hairless by six weeks of age. They are wonderful pets for those that suffer from allergies. Generally, AHTs are quiet and do not tend to be barkers. Caution should be taken due to the fact these dogs are hairless and need protection from sun exposure and cold temperatures. They are well suited for apartment and condo dwellers and make fine companion and family pets.
American Hairless Terrier
Grooming: None. The non-shedding coat of an AHT will need protection from extended sun exposure and cold weather. Wearing tee-shirts or using sunscreen will help protect their hairless skin.
Social Skills: This small dog gets along with other dogs and household pets.
Personality: AHTs are very playful, active, affectionate and loyal. Their basic nature is quiet and they tend not to be barkers.
Children: Very good with all children.
Housing: Very active and easily adapts to any indoor living conditions. Ideal for apartments and condo living.
Exercise: Low. Neighborhood walks are fine.
Training: Intelligent. Trains easily.
Health: Rashes due to allergies. Can break out in sweats.
History: The American Hairless Terrier is of USA origin and is a relatively new breed which was bred in 1972 by Willie and Edwin Scott of Louisiana. The first AHT showed up as a natural mutation in a litter of Rat Terriers. The uniqueness of this breed continues under the guidence of their geneticist and veternarian. Further work on this breed is ongoing by the Scotts to maintain and establish the hairless traits and Rat Terrier temperaments.