American Hairless Terrier

Terrier Group

American Hairless Terrier standing in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

12-16 in

Weight

12-16 lbs

Life Expectancy

14-16 yrs

History

The American Hairless Terrier is a relatively new breed, getting its start in 1972 when a hairless puppy was born to two Rat Terriers. The hairless puppy was given to a couple in Louisiana, Edwin and Willie Scott. The Scotts loved the dog, named Josephine, and began a breeding program that established the American Hairless Terrier. Strangely enough, there is a coated variety of the American Hairless Terrier that still fits the breed standard. The reason for this is so that Rat Terriers can continue to be crossed into the breed until the hairless variety has a sufficient and healthy gene pool on its own. The American Hairless Terrier is a popular breed amongst allergy sufferers, with even the coated variety shedding very little.

Breed Characteristics

While not all American Hairless Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★★☆

★☆

★☆

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Intelligent, alert, curious, and generally easy to train

Tenacious, mischievous, and sometimes territorial

Social, friendly, and thrive on human companionship

Can't swim well and should be monitored around water

Love to dig, chase animals, and bark at anything suspicious