Breed Review: American Hairless Terrier (16 Pics)

The American Hairless Terrier is an energetic comedian and entertainer who knows how to turn off his internal engine in time to please his beloved owner. Non-conflict, moderately friendly, but not at all weak in character, this groovy “naked” will color the grayest everyday life with a positive. Serious business will not be forgotten by the pet either, therefore, in the intervals between fun, the terrier will gladly work with a live alarm, bravely barking at everyone who dared to step on its territory.

#1 The American Hairless Terrier is a product of a genetic mutation that was released in the 1980s.

Hairless puppies were born in terrier families earlier, but until the second half of the 20th century, it never occurred to anyone to breed them. A pioneer in this area was a resident of Louisiana - Edwin Scott. Having bought a naked puppy from a pair of Rat Terriers in 1972, he became interested in breeding and began experimenting with inbreeding.

#2 Scott christened the acquired bitch Josephine and waited for the animal to be ready for mating.

Subsequently, the dog breeder several times mated the four-legged pet with the Rat Terrier, which was her father, but most of the litters brought by the dog had normal hair. The long-awaited naked baby was born only once and immediately received the nickname, Gypsy.

#3 Eight years after the first mating, Josephine finally brought forth four puppies, of which two inherited the naked body of their mother.

The kids were named Jemima and Snoopy, they raised them and began to be used in breeding, as the parent. Scott himself had by this time opened and registered a small kennel, in which he continued to experiment with the phenotype of hairless dogs.

Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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