The hairless dog, a.k.a. naked dog is characterised by the absence of hair, which has been caused by a series of genetic mutations that have led to its total or partial absence. This is not the reality, and despite the appearance a total absence of hair, which is instead present on the skull, tail and legs, the rest of the body is covered in almost insubstantial hair, but does not appear to be shaved.

Let’s find out together which breeds of dog are hairless.

Hairless dog breeds

The hairless dog is certainly a rare and undiscovered dog that is admired for its innate elegance and unique appearance. It also does not shed hair and is hypoallergenic. However, hairless dogs are difficult to breed as there is a high mortality rate among puppies. However, there are several hairless dog breeds, some of which are very old. The most common are the Mexican hairless dog, also known as the Xoloitzcuintle, the Chinese Crested dog and the Argentine pila.

Mexican Naked Dog

The Xoloitzcuintli, or Mexican Naked Dog, was considered a sacred breed by the Aztecs who believed that dogs could guide their souls through the underworld, and is an excellent guard dog and companion. It is a playful, intelligent dog and is easy to train, is intelligent and suitable for being alone.

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Argentine Pila Dog

The Argentine Pila dog is a hairless breed and an excellent companion. It comes in three different sizes. Their backs are short and their curly tails are always held up. They are very agile dogs that can run, jump and climb with little effort and are playful, energetic dogs that love to run and play.

They are suitable for living in flats and require little grooming.

Chinese Crested dog

The Chinese Crested dog has much more hair than other hairless dogs. Their heads are usually full of hair and they may also have hair on their legs, but are hairless on the rest of their body. Be careful with the Chinese crested dog’s skin, as it may also get sunburnt.