Attention allergy sufferers: With these hairless dog breeds, you don’t have to do without a cuddly cuddly friend for the sniff.
Not only do these hairless dog breeds keep your home free of fur tumbleweeds and may help alleviate symptoms in those with dog allergies – most non-shedding breeds are hypoallergenic dogs, too – their unique looks create an exotic sense of prestige and rarity. as they stand out from some of the most popular dog breeds. These hairless dogs are some of the rarest dogs in the world thanks in no small part to their attention-grabbing looks, which also makes them some of the most expensive dogs, if you can even buy them.
Note that while these dogs are hairless and you don’t have to brush their fur, they are not exactly maintenance free. They still need regular baths and TLC for their skin and nails.
1. Chinese forelock
Ekaterina Gorokhova / Getty Images
Chinese Cresteds offer the best of both worlds of hair, with feathered strands on the head and feet and a hairless body. These cuddly friends are referred to as “ultra-loving” service dogs by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and will stay right by your side. As with most hairless pets, their pink-mottled skin can be irritated easily, but daily use of breed-specific sunscreen and topicals for dogs will protect this Chinese breed of dog.
|Weight:||8 to 12 pounds|
2. American Hairless Terrier
Nickpo / Getty Images
The American Hairless Terrier is closely related to the rat terrier and is highly energetic, astute, and curious. According to the AKC, this is the only hairless breed of dog that is native to the United States. They are tiny but lively, and the owners of these bald dogs need to be careful both to avoid summer sun exposure and to protect their pups from the cool winter temperatures. A warm dog coat can help.
|Height:||12 to 16 inches|
|Weight:||12 to 16 pounds|
3. Mexican hairless dog / Xoloitzcuintli
TaynaPanova / Getty Images
These hairless beauties are definitely the oldest breed on this list: Mexican hairless dogs have been around for an estimated 3,000 years, according to the AKC. Considered the ancient Aztec dog of the gods, these cool and intelligent toy dogs have smooth, hairless skin. Unlike other hairless dogs, their hair and skin care products are easy to care for – they just need regular baths to keep odors and nail debris at bay, much like what fluffy dog breeds do.
|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)|
4. Peruvian Inca orchid
janpla01 / Getty Images
This regal and loyal breed from Peru is one of the larger hairless dog breeds and can boast of almost any color with spotted and unspotted skin. PICs are considered agile hunters and protective watch dogs, but are loving to their owners. They are also extremely rare and do not rank among the AKC’s 197 most popular registered breeds.
|Height:||9.75 to 25.75 inches|
|Weight:||8.5 to 55 pounds|
5. Argentine saw
via Monica S. Cassels / wikimedia.org
Little is known about this mysterious hairless toy breed as they are almost impossible to find in the United States, but they are popular pets in South America. These completely naked dogs have only a hint of hair around their mustached mouths. Argentine Pila are known to be playful and loving companions, but with super-sensitive, hairless skin that requires eagle-eyed attention, they are easy-care pets.
|Height:||10 to 25 inches|
|Weight:||9 to 55 pounds|
6. Hairless Khala
Gustavo Ramirez / Getty Images
This rare breed of dog from Bolivia is famous for its mohawk with white hair and originated as a hunting dog, making it the largest of the hairless breeds. These medium-sized dogs are vehemently protective of their families, and they get along best with an owner who is committed to training and who has firm authority for the pup to see them as the pack leader. As with other hairless breeds, skin color can vary, but usually takes on a smooth shade of gray as it matures.
|Height:||14 to 20 inches|
|Weight:||14 to 20 pounds|
via Vedicant / wikimedia.org
Originally native to India, these once popular bald dogs were originally bred for herding and hunting, but are now increasingly difficult to find even in India. These dogs are on the quiet side, although they make a distinctive yodel-like sound when they bark. Though not completely hairless, short-coat jonangis were bred to survive India’s sultry summers. They have a reputation for being wonderfully friendly and easy to train.
|Height:||17 to 21 inches|
|Weight:||28 to 48 pounds|
Grooming for hairless dogs
There are many reasons a family might want to take a hairless dog home. Allergies aside, most hairless breeds are affectionate and affectionate, which makes them excellent friends to snuggle up to your feet.
While these breeds don’t require grooming appointments or regular brushing, they have their own grooming needs for their bald coats, including regular baths and nail clipping. All hairless breeds are sensitive to temperature and weather, and most need a coat in winter and breed-specific sunscreen for dogs in summer.