American Hairless Terrier
by Sweet Lucy, 1997
August 12, 1972 a litter of mid-sized Rat Terriers was born. Among
the puppies was Josephine, a healthy little girl, except that she
was totally hairless! She had silky pink skin with black spots.
Josephine, or Jo for short, was
given to Edwin and Willie Scott in Louisiana. They fell in love with
Jo and wanted to produce more dogs with this hairless trait. After
all, she had a wonderful personality and was very clean -- no
shedding, no doggy odor, and no flees. The Scotts were told that
this could not be done, but they were persistent and decided to
breed Jo anyway.
In her first litter, Jo had four
puppies and one of them was hairless! This hairless pup was named
Gypsy. Jo was bred several times, but she had only coated litters.
What a disappointment...When Jo was nine years old and still in good
health, she was bred for the last time. This litter had four puppies
and two of them were hairless. The hairless female was named Jemima
and the hairless male was named Snoopy. The two coated pups were
Petunia and Queenie.
All pups from Jo's last litter were
later bred and that was the beginning of a carefully planned
breeding program at Trout Creek Kennel. With the help and support
from veterinarians, the Scotts established this new hairless dog
breed, which they named the "American Hairless Terrier".
This information was
compiled from the article "The American Hairless Terrier" by the
Scotts. Published in Bloodlines May-June 1986.