American Hairless Terrier
The American Hairless Terrier, a Louisiana native, is a smart, inquisitive, and playful dog that comes in hairless and coated varieties. This breed is a good choice for allergy sufferers who want an intelligent, alert, playful, and loving companion. Like most terriers, the American Hairless Terrier is usually quite fond of his own voice and can be very territorial- small, but fierce! As with any dog, they can be discouraged from barking as frequently with proper training and exercise. Owners should take care to protect their American Hairless Terrier’s skin by using sunscreen, or a light sweater during the winter months.
Common Health Conditions
- The hairless variety of American Hairless Terriers are quite susceptible to sunburns and skin allergies. Clothing is a good idea for warmth and protection from sun exposure.
- Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (degeneration of the hip joint due to a loss of blood supply to the bone cells)
- Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. Symptoms include chronic ear infections, bacterial infections of the skin, hair loss, lethargy, and depression. This condition is most commonly treated with medication and diet.