Hairless dogs are a wonderful, underappreciated rarity among dog breeds. Hairless dog breeds may look a little funny compared to what most people think of when they imagine a dog. Not all hairless dogs are recognized breeds; many have been around for thousands of years. Hairless dogs can be a great choice for people who want little to no shedding, and they can be a good option for people considering a hypoallergenic pet.
The American Hairless Terrier began as an oddity: a hairless puppy in an otherwise normal litter of rat terriers in the early 1970s. The breed was officially recognized in 2016 by the American Kennel Club. They are first born with a short fuzzy coat, but it falls out after the first few months and becomes a hairless but lovable pup. One variety of the breed has a very short coat of hair that rarely sheds. Unlike most of the older breeds of hairless dogs, the gene for hairlessness is recessive, meaning it lacks some of the health issues common for other hairless dogs.
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