The American Hairless Terrier is a relatively modern breed of dog, and closely resembles its founding breed, the Rat Terrier. In 1972, a hairless female pup was born to a Rat Terrier. This pup was given the name “Josephine” and became the foremother of all American Hairless Terriers. She was bred often and finally produced a pair of hairless pups (one male and one female) and the rest is history!
The American Hairless Terrier is great for families that have allergies, as they have no hair and very little dander. Because they are hairless, care should be taken in the summer to prevent sunburn and in the winter to prevent hypothermia.
Despite being a great addition to a family of allergy sufferers, American Hairless Terriers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses American Hairless Terriers are prone to include skin conditions such as demodicosis; bone problems such as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; knee issues such as patellar luxation; hearing problems such as deafness; and thyroid conditions such as hypothyroidism.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your hairless best friend inherits more than just smooth skin, you’re protected.