The American Hairless Terrier emerged in the United States
The breed derived from immigrant dogs brought to the country towards the end of the 19th century.
There are traces of a number of other breeds in their genes. Amongst them are, Old English White Terrier, Manchester Terrier, and Bull Terrier. In addition, several other breeds were later introduced. Including the Whippet, Fox terrier, Toy Fox Terrier, and Beagle.
They were bred to become hunting and farm dogs. Today, the American Hairless Terrier is a companion dog with some remaining instincts. In addition, they have excellent agility, due to their size and speed.
The American Hairless Terrier is intelligent, fast, and friendly.
The personalities vary between individuals. But some general characteristics still apply. Such as activeness, alertness, intelligence, and devotion to their owners.
An American Hairless Terrier can live both in cities and the countryside. As long as they are provided with enough mental and physical stimuli.
They love affectionate cuddles but dislike being alone for long hours.
If you are considering getting an American Hairless Terrier, prepare to bring them everywhere.
American Hairless Terriers get along well with other dogs
But it helps to socialize them from an early age. It can be slightly more complicated to make them get along with cats. Their hunting instincts could tweak their little brains just enough to chase them. Though, with early socialization, it may be avoidable.
Some claim this breed is allergy-friendly due to its hairlessness. However, there is no scientific basis for those claims. Allergens are not in the hairs, but in saliva, skin cells, and sebaceous glands.
The fact that they do not shed does not mean they are allergy-friendly. The only way you can find out is through personal experience.
Long life expectancy
American Naked Terriers are generally a healthy breed. But some are still affected by health implications. Most common are heart disease, hip dysplasia, patellar dislocation, and Calvé-Legg-Perthes disease. Some hereditary eye diseases can also affect them.
Healthy individuals have an average life expectancy of 14-16 years.