Dog breeds with little to no hair include the Chinese Crested, American Hairless Terrier, Xolocuintli and the Peruvian Inca Orchid. The Chinese Crested comes in two varieties: the powderpuff and the hairless. The hairless variety has hair only on its head, feet and tail and usually has gray and pink skin. The American Hairless Terrier was developed from the Rat Terrier. It has very light hair as a puppy but loses its hair as it matures into a hairless adult. It is available in a variety of skin colors, such as brindle. The Xolo and PIO also come in two coat types, but are more commonly seen in the hairless variety.
Skin care, rather than coat care, is what’s necessary for hairless breeds.Here are grooming and skin-care tips for your hairless dog breed.
- For those breeds with small tufts of hair, a soft, natural bristle brush is fine.
- Frequent bathing is needed to prevent acne. Give your hairless dog breed a bath once a week or every other week.
- Follow a bath with an application of hypoallergenic or oil-free moisturizer.
- Sunscreen is necessary to prevent sunburn if these dogs go outdoors.
- Ears should be checked and cleaned once a week.
- Trim dog’s nails monthly.
Consult a veterinarian or the dog’s breeder for specific skin care product recommendations.
Excerpt from the book,The Original Dog Bible, edited by Kristin Mehus-Roe, with permission from its publisher, BowTie Press. Purchase The Original Dog Bible here.