american hairless terrier breed information

common health issues

Inherited deafness in one or both ears occurs due to the degeneration of the structures of the inner ear. It usually occurs within the first few weeks of birth. Deafness is tied to coat color, especially in merle pups, and has an association with blue eyes. Hearing tests can be conducted at referral centers or veterinary schools, but inherited deafness is permanent and cannot be cured.
Clinical signs of hypothyroidism are caused by a decrease in normal thyroid activity. In congenital hypothyroidism, puppies will have stunted growth and other abnormalities. A blood test confirms the disease and treatment with thyroid hormone supplements is lifelong.
Demodex canis mites live on all healthy dogs. In the vast majority of cases they never cause a problem. However, some breeds can pass on an immune defect to their offspring that can result in a generalized proliferation of Demodex mites. The most common signs of demodectic mange are hair loss, scaling and irritation of the affected skin.
Also known as aseptic necrosis of the femoral head, Legg-Calve-Perthes is a disease of the femoral head (or ball) of the hip and causes lameness in young, small breed dogs. The blood supply to the femoral head is cut off, causing the bone to die. Treatment inevitably requires surgery to the affected hip.
A luxating patella is a knee cap that moves out of its groove � sometimes referred to as a "trick knee". It is usually caused by several inherited factors including a shallow patella groove. In individuals with moderate or severe disease, surgical correction in often recommended to prevent a progression that includes severe lameness, chronic pain and thickening of the knee.

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.

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