Grooming and Skin-Care Tips for Your Hairless Dog Breed

Follow these six tips to groom your Chinese Crested Terrier, American Hairless Terrier, Xolocuintli, Peruvian Inca Orchid and other hairless dog breeds.

Posted: May 7, 2012

Xolocuintli - Hairless DogsDog breeds with little to no hair include the Chinese Crested, American Hairless TerrierXolocuintli 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.

  1. For those breeds with small tufts of hair, a soft, natural bristle brush is fine.
  2. Frequent bathing is needed to prevent acne. Give your hairless dog breed a bath once a week or every other week.
  3. Follow a bath with an application of hypoallergenic or oil-free moisturizer.
  4. Sunscreen is necessary to prevent sunburn if these dogs go outdoors.
  5. Ears should be checked and cleaned once a week.
  6. Trim dog's nails monthly.

Consult a veterinarian or the dog's breeder for specific skin care product recommendations.

Click here for natural skin care remidies for hairless dogs.

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. 



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Kenzy   Charelston, West Virginia

6/3/2016 11:46:20 AM

Just recently adopted my first hairless puppy was told it's a mix between boxer and Chinese crested any advice to keep his skin healthy to prevent acne he is 6 weeeks old today

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Ryan   Tampa, Florida

9/5/2015 5:31:49 AM

The American Hairless Terrier also comes in two coat types (hairless and coated). The breed is not prone to acne although those that frequently put clothes on the hairless type or use lotions too frequently without proper clean-up can contribute to or create such issues.

We recommend nail care on a weekly basis. We dremel each of our dogs' nails each weekend as they tend to grow quickly.

It is also important to understand that the hairless trait in American Hairless Terriers has a different origin (mapped to a different gene) than that in the other listed breeds. As such, their skin has a different feel/texture and there is no link to dentition (another area of concern when caring for any dog breed).

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Diane   Honea Path, South Carolina

9/3/2015 7:39:14 PM

Amy, I have a crested that at some times he has black heads. I rub him down really good with corn huskers lotion and let it sit about 10 min and keep him from rubbing it off. Then when I give him a bath I use a little rougher wash cloth and because the back heads have been soften from the lotion, lots of them wash off. Hope this helps

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Amy   Laguna Beach, California

12/16/2013 10:13:37 AM

I rescued a xolo and he has severe acne and bumps mostly on back of neck. Any

Lots of blackheads on paws too

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