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American Hairless Terrier Breed Summary
Intelligent, Driven, Energetic, Playful and Curious
The American Hairless came about in 1972 as a relatively new breed. The creation of the breed was the result of a hairless puppy called Josephine. She came from a litter of Rat Terriers, which were originally created in the late 1800's by crossing mixed breed Terriers, called Feists, with other breeds that may have included Beagles. The owners loved Josephine both for her unique looks and temperament, so when she reached maturity, they mated her to try and recreate the hairless quality. After many attempts, they were eventually successful and produced a stock of the breed in 1981. The American Hairless Breed gained recognition in 1998 but are today considered a very rare breed.
These doggies are known for their high intelligence meaning that training them is relatively easy. Additionally, they are very energetic so would best suit a family that already lead an active lifestyle that they can easily slot into. Their curiosity means that they love to dig, chase and bark, so if you've got highly prized flowers growing, they may not be the best option! There is also much debate over whether or not they are suitable for families living with young children due to their high prey drive as they may show aggression towards them. Though it's thought that they can be trained to act less aggressively. For the right home, they have the potential to make great pets!