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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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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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Jesse   jdksjnej, Hawaii

12/9/2013 1:26:53 AM

Sunscreen is not necessary for dark skinned Xolos. Of course, while they like to sunbathe, you should keep track of how long they are allowed to be out as no one wants to deal with cancer later but they do not need sunscreen to prevent sunburn.

Xolo nails often grow very fast. Monthly would not be nearly often enough for many Xolos. My own Xolo (as well as multiple others I know) needs his nails trimmed every week. A month without trimming would lead to long nails that would have a lot of negative effect on his feet and structure as they would be much too long.

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