General Information

Dog NameUnited
Other NamesAHT
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeTerrier
Country of OriginUnited States of America (USA)

Physical And Size

Min Life Span14
Max Life Span16
Min Ideal Weight for male5
Max Ideal Weight for male8
Min Ideal Weight for female4
Max Ideal Weight for male8


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentAlert, Curious, Cuddly
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyHigh
Senior Citizens FriendlyHigh
Service DogHigh
Search and Rescue DogHigh
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginLouisiana, United States
Nicknames and Other NamesAHT
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeTerrier
Bred ForHunting down rats and other vermin
SizeSmall to Medium-sized
Recognized ByUKC, AKC, UNKC
Life Span14-16 years
Ideal Weight12-16 pound
Ideal Height12-16 inches
Fur TypeHairless, short dense coat
Common ColorsBlue, Black, Apricot, Chocolate, Seal, Red
Sable, White & Red, White & Lemon, Lilac
Dilute, Black Sable Red, White Black & Red
MarkingsBrindle, Sable, White Markings, Tan
Points, Brindle Points, White
Markings Tan Points
AchievementsGot official recognition from AKC in 2016
Suitable for ApartmentsYes
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToPeruvian Inca Orchid

The American Hairless Terrier Dog Breed is a smart and playful breed. This breed stands between 12-16 inches and comes in hairless and coated varieties. He is the right choice for allergy sufferers, who want a dog with lots of courage.

The skin of this breed are very smooth and warm, the head is broad and wedge-shape and their eyes are V shaped with round frame. They have expressive eyes which shows curiosity in them.


In the year 1972, a hairless puppy was born in a litter of Rat Terriers in Louisiana. The breeder gave the puppy to his friend Willie and Edwin Scott and they named the Hairless puppy as Josephine.

Willie and Edwin Scott adored Josephine very much and wanted to create more like her, so they started a breeding program after consulting various Veterinary professionals and they formed Trout Creek Kennel and kept meticulous records throughout their breeding program.

And in 2009, the American Hairless Terrier Club of America Inc. was formed by the Scotts and several other fanciers.

In 2011, the AKC added this breed to its foundation stock service and later in 2014 this breed was moved to the Miscellaneous Class.

Two years later the breed was fully recognized and moved to Terrier group.

Are The Dog Child Friendly?

American Hairless Terrier dog breeds are very active, lovely and playful breeds. They are very affectionate towards their family and makes amazing companions for anyone in the family.

Hairless Terrier Playing with a baby girl.

They enjoy spending time with people and they are very good with children of any age group, especially if they are raised with them from their puppy hood.

Behavior,Temperament & Personality

The AHT is a medium sized dog who is very intelligent, lively and loyal, with sporting strong athletic body. They enjoy digging, chasing their prey and to go for long walks.

AHT are medium sized dogs
American Hairless Terrier
Image Via Floridasaht

The AKC, unlike other breeds, will break out in sweats when feel hot or scared. They are territorial dogs, who dislikes strangers entering their territory. They are very active and alert which makes them good watch dogs. Small dogs have the tendency to lack in human leadership. 

The AHT dog breeds are suitable for apartments, as they are small in size and don’t require much space for their daily exercise. They can not bear cold weather, so in winters they need sweaters.

They are not known to suffer from high levels of dog aggression, and most would prefer to share their lives with other dogs. They usually don’t get along with other animals of their same size or larger than them.


The AHT are very energetic dogs, they learn things very quickly but sometimes repetition of tasks can bore them. So you should start with easy and fun tricks.

Training an AHT is not a very tough challenge, all you need is dedication, confidence, and patience and these easy techniques will break them in succession. The most important thing you need to be aware of is if too many people train your dog simultaneously then it will harm them.

AHT are very active breeds
The AHT jumping while training.
Image Via AHT Club Of America

While training American Hairless Terrier, always utilize positive feedback, and when he will follow your instructions, praise their behavior by giving them treats, this can motivate them.

While training them you need to lead and think like a pack dog, than they will easily cooperate with you.


  • The American Hairless Terrier is also known with the nick name AHT.
  • The AHT is said to be small to medium sized terrier.
  • The temperament of the dog is said to be energetic, intelligent, alert and curious.
  • They take time to be friends with cats.
  • The price range of this dog is in between $300 to $600


General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesSunburn, Skin infections, Allergies
Vaccination RequiredRabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Canine Parainfluenza,
Leptospirosis, Kennel Cough,
Canine Coronavirus
SheddingVery Low
DroolingLow unless sick or hurt
GroomingHigh skin care required
Weight Gain PotentialLow to Average
Separation AnxietyAverage
AllergiesSkin allergies
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 18%
Fat: 5%
Omega-6 fatty acid

The common health issues of AHT are :

  • Sunburn
  • Rashes on their skin
  • Pimples
  • Allergies


The American Hairless Terrier are found in four colors, such as:

  • Pink & Gold
  • Pink & Grey
  • Pink & Red
  • Pink & Black


The AHT can give birth to 3-5 puppies at a time and the puppies of this breed cost an average of $300 – $500 USD .

Which Dogs Are They Similar Too?

  • Peruvian Inca Orchid
  • Mexican Hairless Dog
  • Chinese Creasted Dog
  • African Hairless Dog

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