Good nutrition for American Hairless Terriers is very important from puppyhood to their senior years. Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. American Hairless Terriers are a small breed and may have a lifespan ranging from 14 to 16 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
The AHT is well known for its propensity for fewer allergic reactions than other breeds, allowing them into homes once denied. This combined with their intelligence and ease of care make them perfect companions while maintaining the drive to excel in performance events.
American Hairless Terrier &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like cardiac disease, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation and Legg-Calve-Perthes. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of American Hairless Terriers are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own as American Hairless Terriers can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.