Hairless Dog Breeds

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Most dogs come with fluffy coats. There are a few breeds of dogs, however, which come naked. Like their coated counterparts, these hairless dogs come in all sizes and shapes. One typical example of a hairless canine is the American Hairless Terrier. Among canines, it is a rare breed and was derived from the Rat Terrier. The American ancestry of this breed starts with Feists, a mixed breed terrier. Fiestas were imported to the United States from Europe during the early 18th century. The latter part of the 1800s witnessed the development of the Rat Terrier from the Fiest. The addition made the breed of Miniature Pinscher, Beagle, and Italian Greyhound bloodlines. The hairless breed came into existence only in 1972. The foundation stock came into age in 1981.

American Terrier

The American Terrier comes across as a social, energetic, and intelligent working breed of dogs. Its lack of hair makes the dog ideal for those who suffer from dog hair related allergies. It is to be noted that no dog is entirely hypoallergenic, and someone allergic to dogs must be tested to make sure that buying an American Terrier is safe. This breed does not suffer much from dental issues or any other traits linked with dominant hairless genes.

Peruvian Inca Orchid

The Peruvian Inca Orchid is regarded as one of the most stunning “flower” belonging to dog-kind. Its looks may not appeal to everyone but its extremely unique in appearance. This breed of dog existed during the Inca times in South America. The Spanish conquest killed almost every dog in the breed. The ones remaining are those whose ancestors lived in the rural areas of the Inca Empire. Peruvian locals think of the Peruvian Inca Orchid as a mystical creature. This almost hairless dog has some amount of hair on its head top and also at the feet bottom. These dogs, although hairless, are extremely cute animals.

Argentine Pila Dog

Yet another hairless dog from the South American continent is the Argentine Pila Dog. Trekkers in Argentina’s north-western provinces frequently encounter this breed of dog. The Pila’s origins date back 3,000 years. It is believed to be a descendant of Peruvian Inca Orchid. The Pila breed was a prestige dog not only during Inca times but also during the Spanish colonial era. Locals coveted those dogs for their warm skin and the animals served as excellent bed warmers, equal to heating pads of now. The Pila also makes an excellent watchdog as these dogs are extremely alert to their surroundings. Pilas almost disappeared during the latter part of the 20th century when people preferred foreign hair-coated dogs instead of hairless native breeds. It is only now that Pilas are making a comeback.

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