American Hairless Terrier
American Hairless Terrier Sweet Lucy is a truly delightful dog. She
is very loving, sweet, smart, and friendly with just a bit of spice.
In true terrier fashion she is happy, lively, playful, and curious.
However, she is not hyper or an excessive barker.
Remember, though, that all dogs have
their own unique personalities even within the same breed. All
American Hairless Terriers are not copies of my Lucy. Some are more
active and spicier than she is.
Here are some questions that I have
been asked about Lucy or the American Hairless Terrier in general...
1. How do they get along with
Lucy gets along very well with my
other dogs which are standard size Xoloitzcuintlis. I also have tortoises that Lucy likes to sniff, but she has never tried to take a
bite out of them. She is just curious. She also likes chasing bugs
:o). And cats!
Note: Always socialize your new
puppy, after the puppy shots are effective, with lots of dogs to
make sure the puppy will get along with other dogs. Puppy training
classes are great.
2. What is their temperament?
As I mentioned earlier, Lucy is a
sweet and loving dog, she is no "terror". She learned basic
obedience commands easily, and she is obedient most of the time. In
fact, she was the star of her dog obedience class! :o) She is
friendly with visitors and likes to get attention from them. She is
a bit shy with strangers she meets on our walks, though. Lucy barks
at strange noises at home, as a good watch dog should, but she is
not a constant yapper. She is a real snuggle-bunny and loves to
sleep on a warm lap.
This sounds too good to be true, you
say... Well, Lucy does have one bad habit. She likes to chew my sofa
cushions and pull the stuffing out! She thinks it's great fun. She
also loves shredding paper. I provide Lucy with lots of toys to help
satisfy her need for chewing. Furry stuffed dog toys are her
Note: Socialize, socialize, and
socialize your puppy. Take your puppy everywhere with you and let
him/her meet a wide variety of people. Teach your pup that meeting
people and going to places is fun!
3. Are they easy to housebreak?
Lucy was easy to housebreak and she
is reliable in her habits.
4. How much do they cost?
The price is determined by the
breeder and depends on the individual dog. The starting price for
American Hairless Terriers is around $500-$1,000 (in 1998).
5. Are they similar to Rat
The first American Hairless Terrier
was born into a litter of Rat Terriers (RT) as the result of a
natural gene mutation. You might want to visit some
RT sites on the web to learn more
In the 1890s Feists (Old English
White Terrier x Smooth Fox Terrier
x Manchester Terrier) were imported to America
from England. Here Smooth Fox Terrier, Beagle, and Italian Greyhound
were added to these terriers to help stabilize the pied coloration
and to give the breed a less aggressive temperament. These dogs
became known as Rat Terriers.
The Rat Terrier has been described
as having the tenacity of the terrier, the "cold" nose of the Beagle
and the speed, eyesight, and gentleness of the Italian Greyhound. It
is the Rat Terrier's temperament and its various hound traits that
sets it apart from most terrier breeds today.
6. Can you provide breeders'
See my AHT
Links page for AHT and club links.
7. How do they do in an
I would think that any small dog
would do well in an apartment, as long as he/she was not an
excessive barker. Some American Hairless Terriers might be barkers,
if that is encouraged or allowed to develop.
8. Are there any books available
about the American Hairless Terriers?
No, not yet, but some dog breed
books have pictures and information about the American Hairless
Terrier. I have listed these books on the
AHT books page.
9. Are American Hairless Terriers
mostly indoor dogs?
Yes, the American Hairless Terriers
need to live inside to stay warm and to avoid sunburn, they are not
backyard dogs. Besides, they would be terribly lonely by themselves.
They love company and want to be with you. However, the AHTs don't
need to spend all their time indoors. Lucy loves being outside and
going for long walks. Early mornings and late afternoons or evenings
are the best times for outdoor romps. At other times of the day, you
will probably need to provide your AHT with some kind of sun
10. What are they really like?
Comments from American Hairless
All American Hairless Terriers are
different... have distinct personalities... wonderful personalities... easy to live with... smart... intelligent... extremely loving...
cuddly... very playful... sweet...clowns... full of energy...
active... happy... a lot of fun... easy to care for... devoted companions...
love to travel in the car... love to go everywhere with you... love
attention... very entertaining... can be sensitive and get their
feelings hurt... can be jealous of attention... calm down easily... very
adaptable and flexible... small dogs with large hearts... get along well
with other dogs in the family... eager to learn and please... good
family dogs... want to cuddle up and be petted... love snuggling... true
lapdogs... great cuddlers and lap warmers... love to sleep on your arms
or under the blanket... some like to snuggle all the time and some
only occasionally... get along with people in the house and in public,
especially when well socialized... most love kids and other animals... like to play with children... want to run and play... like to play
fetch... some play ball and some don't... learn obedience commands
easily, but don't always like to obey... can have a mind of their
own... easily trained with positive methods... most are not
aggressive... can run and play wildly... some need plenty of exercise... some are very active and intense... but usually are not nervous dogs... have wonderful soft skin that is very pleasant to touch and pet...
skin scrapes heal easily... no pimples... burn in the sun without
sun protection... need frequent baths... need clothes when cold...
easy to crate train... easy to housebreak... some are not so easy to
housebreak... some do not get along so well with other dogs,
especially if not well socialized... can be strong willed and
independent... don't always like to come when called... like to bark
when visitors first arrive... feisty... can get zooms every now and
then and run around super fast just for fun... can be hyper at times
running in circles... rambunctious... strong willed... a split
personality dog... almost like having two personalities - cuddly and
loving vs. feisty and energetic... love to chew and shred dog toys,
fabric, and paper... like to nibble with their mouths... like
chewing... can be nippy... like to use their mouths a lot... some like to
dig... can be vocal... don't like to be teased by misbehaving
children and can snap at them...
11. Are they suitable for people
who are allergic to dogs?
There is no dog breed that is truly
non-allergenic (not allergy causing) since all dogs produce dander,
saliva, and urine that people can be allergic to. However, from my
personal experience, the AHT is the least allergy causing dog breed.
See my allergy pages for more
human pet allergy info.f