Dogs' fur or hair is one of their most distinguishing characteristics. It helps them stand out whether their fur is curly, straight, thick, or thin. However, there are numerous hairless dog breeds that are unique in their own right. These dogs have genes that lead them to be entirely hairless or have very little hair on their bodies. Some of these breeds are closely related, while others come from other places. Although they differ in look and behavior, most hairless dog breeds are loving and enjoy cuddling up with their owners for warmth.
Here are 10 of the best hairless dog breeds.
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The rat terrier gave birth to the American hairless terrier. Rat terriers have been carefully bred for their hairless coats since the 1970s. While some American hairless terriers are born with a light coat, the hairless characteristic is predominant. These canines are intelligent, lively, and playful. They are excellent family dogs with a strong hunting drive for tiny rodents.
Height: 12 to 16 inches
Weight: 12 to 16 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Small and muscular body; coat colors include black, chocolate, red, apricot, and various combinations; can be hairless or have a very short coat
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Hairless and powderpuff Chinese crested dogs are available. On the head, ears, paws, and tail, the hairless type features fluffy tufts of fur. The amount of hair on a dog varies. The powderpuff has a long, fluffy double coat that covers its entire body. Hairless and powderpuff puppies can both be born from the same litter. These dogs are affectionate and cuddly, but they also have a lively and playful side.
Height: 11 to 13 inches
Weight: 8 to 12 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Can be hairless except for the head, tail, and feet or fully coated; small and slender body; spotted pink skin with feathery white hair
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Hairless and short-coated forms of the Xoloitzcuintli, often known as the Mexican hairless dog, are available. When it comes to grooming, both types are quite low-maintenance, albeit skin protection is required. Xolos are an old Aztec breed with thousands of years of history. The dogs are devoted and vigilant, making them great guard dogs. While Xolos may be aggressive when necessary, they are also recognized for their peaceful demeanor.
Height: 10 to 14 inches (toy); 14 to 18 inches (miniature); 18 to 23 inches (standard)
Weight: 10 to 15 pounds (toy); 15 to 30 pounds (miniature); 30 to 55 pounds (standard)
Physical Characteristics: Can be completely hairless or have a short, flat coat; muscular, rectangular body; wrinkled forehead
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The Peruvian Inca Orchid, sometimes known as the Peruvian hairless, originated in ancient Peru, when it was usually kept as a companion dog. When left alone, these dogs might suffer separation anxiety since they are so devoted and protective of their people. They are extremely athletic tiny dogs who require a lot of activity to exhaust themselves. The majority of Peruvian Inca Orchids are hairless, while some have little patches of fur on their head, paws, and tail tip.
Height: 9.75 to 15.75 inches (small); 15.75 to 19.75 inches (medium); 19.75 to 25.75 inches (large)
Weight: 8.5 to 17.5 pounds (small); 17.5 to 26.5 pounds (medium); 26.5 to 55 pounds (large)
Physical Characteristics: Long, lean body; skin color varies but can include black, brown, gray, pink, tan, and white; low tail; smooth skinContinue to 5 of 10 below.
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Argentine Pila Dog
The Argentine pila dog, a hairless breed admired for its smooth skin, is a near cousin of the Peruvian Inca Orchid. This unusual breed is available in three sizes and is mostly found in Argentina. Pila dogs from Argentina are friendly, lively, and adaptable to new situations. Some pila dogs have little tufts of fur on the tops of their heads and tails, while being largely hairless.
Height: 10 to 14 inches (small); 14 to 18 inches (medium); 18 to 25 inches (large)
Weight: 9 to 18 pounds (small); 18 to 25 pounds (medium); 25 to 55 pounds (large)
Physical Characteristics: Tail curled forward; relatively short body; pointed ears; narrow muzzle; almond eyes; skin color varies and can include spotted or piebald markings
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Abyssinian Sand Terrier
The Abyssinian sand terrier is the dog for you if you're seeking for a peaceful and tranquil canine workout partner. African hairless dog is another name for this incredibly unusual breed. It has a long, sleek body and is small to medium in size. Some dogs of the breed have no hair at all, while others have little tufts of hair on the top of their heads and tail tips.
Height: 15.5 to 20.5 inches
Weight: 21 to 39 pounds
Colors include black, gray, bronze, and sand; skin has mottled patterns; hairless save for tufts of hair on the head and tail; bat-like ears; long nose; sleek body
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Bolivian hairless dogs, also known as hairless Khalas, are a rare hairless canine species that originated in Bolivia. They resemble the Xoloitzcuintli in appearance and are likely related. These dogs adore their owners and will guard them at all costs, therefore training is essential to keep them sociable with visitors. Some of these dogs, like other hairless breeds, have little tufts of hair, notably on their heads.
Height: 14 to 17 inches (medium); 17 to 20 inches (large)
Weight: 14 to 30 pounds (medium); 18 to 20 pounds (large)
Physical Characteristics: Some are short-legged while others have longer legs; dark gray skin; tufts of white hair on head
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Jonangi dogs originated in India and were bred as herding and hunting dogs. The breed is now relatively rare. Jonangis are suspicious of strangers, but they are extremely sociable to people they know, especially children and other household pets. Furthermore, Jonangis have a temperament and muscularity comparable to bull terriers, and they yodel instead of bark. Rather of being hairless, many of these dogs have a very short, silky coat that is practically unnoticeable.
Height: 17 to 21 inches
Weight: 28 to 48 pounds
Colors range from fawn to black to white to chocolate; piebald patterns; pointed ears; curled tail; small mouth; fox-like features; wrinkled browContinue to 9 of 10 below.
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Ecuadorian Hairless Dog
The Ecuadorian hairless dog is an ancient Ecuadorian canine breed that is said to be related to the Peruvian Inca Orchid. It is really unusual nowadays. These dogs have very little hair on their heads, which is generally on the top. They are tiny, active canines with a strong prey drive, especially for hunting small rodents. They do, however, enjoy curling up next to their favorite individuals.
Height: 15 to 18 inches
Weight: 17 to 25 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Almost no hair on body and head except for a small amount on top of the head; long legs; no premolar teeth
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Hairless chihuahuas are the same breed as coated chihuahuas, however they are hairless due to a rare genetic abnormality. As a result, they have the same disposition as any other chihuahua. They have enormous personalities, form strong bonds with their favorite humans, and guard their territory fiercely. However, because the hairless kind is prone to skin problems, it requires special attention and monitoring. Hairless chihuahuas are also susceptible to becoming chilly.
Height: 6 to 9 inches
Weight: 2 to 6 pounds
Physical Characteristics: Petite frame; big eyes; large upright ears; short muzzle; slender legs