Welcome to AHTKennels.com. We are a small network of American Hairless Terrier (AHT) breeders located in Wisconsin and Kentucky.
American Hairless Terriers are intelligent, alert, playful and loving dogs. They are very inquisitive and lively. This affectionate dog
makes an excellent companion ĘC especially for allergy sufferers. Many allergy sufferers find them to be the only dogs they can own. Due
to the lack of hair in the hairless version, they have little dander. Fleas are not found with this breed. The AHT is
considered by many to be the closest thing to a hypo-allergenic dog. The American Hairless Terrier makes a wonderful pet for active
families. Their personalities vary quite a bit and while some are lap dogs, others are true terriers.
The American Hairless Terrier is not a primitive breed at all but a rather new one.
The first recorded hairless terrier was born in 1972 to a
Rat Terrier. The AHT is a natural mutation of the Rat Terrier, but unlike other hairless breeds the gene causing the lack of hair is recessive
not dominant. AHT's are born with full dentition (a full set of teeth), and a soft downy fuzz on their bodies. As the dog matures it will lose
this downy covering rather like a baby's peach fuzz. Adults are completely hairless other than a few whiskers. Their skin is soft and they
are not prone to acne or allergies, they do however sunburn quite easily so care must be taken when outside. First listed by the
United Kennel Club in 1999 as the Rat Terrier - hairless variety, in 2004 the American Hairless Terrier was officially recognized by the
UKC as a distinct breed.