The American Hairless Terrier was added to the AKC Terrier Group in early 2016. The American Hairless Terrier Club of America describes the breed as A natural variation of the Rat Terrier, this completely hairless dog (some may have eyebrows and whiskers) is a lively, intelligent and friendly companion that is often the perfect answer for those with allergies. Further, they say The AHT is quite a bit different from most commonly known hairless breeds (such as Chinese Crested, Xolo, etc.). The AHT does NOT have hair anywhere on the body (such as head, feet, tail) and should not have any excess body hair.
The breed standard calls for a dog 12 – 16 inches tall, weighing 12 – 16 pounds. (Kinda makes them square! Haha)
The AHT comes in any of 19 different colors and 7 different marking patterns.
The AKC describes the American Hairless Terrier as “alert, curious, and energetic.” The breed currently ranks 57th on the list of most popular purebreds. Nineteen of these dogs will be shown at the 2016 National Championships in Orlando on December 17 – 18th. They show on Sunday morning, so come back here for pictures soon thereafter.
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!