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Abyssinian Sand Terrier (African Hairless Dog)

Hairless (and the nearly hairless) do have different needs for physical comfort including more conscientious attention to their warmth and cleansing as frequent bathing can dry out their skin.  This breed is somewhat more active than other smaller breeds of this type and makes a good partner for a variety of activities.  Noted as willing to please and affectionate.  Few breeders, breed clubs and lack of documentation (such a breeder ethics) make it a bit challenging to assess the claims and or qualities of the dogs of any one breeder.

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General Information
Group(s): Primitive-Pariah Height: 15-20.5 inches
Weight: 21-39 pounds Longevity: 12-15 years
Colors: shades of gray, brown, black or mottled with rose ears Coat type: hairless to hairless patches with tufts
Recognized Registries: CKC
Overall Appearance:
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate
General Nature: willing to please and affectionate
  with Children: should be good
  with other pets: should be good
  with dogs: should be good
Socialization requirements: preferred
Ideal home characteristics: adaptable in size and demeanor as an inside pet. Requires regular attention to its comfort and warmth.
Temperament Notes:
Training requirement:
Trainer notes:
Background Information
Year range of first recognition:
Country of Origin: Africa
Original Function: ratter
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes:
Health Testing:
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Sand Terriers?
  • How do you select a breeding pair?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What do you look for in a suitable home?
  • What do you consider the ideal temperament?
  • What health issues do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their new homes?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • Do you have any suggestions for raising and training a Sand Terrier?
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Breeder Ethics:
Other: very limited information and DigitalDog was only able to ascertain registration availability through a "vanity" registry (one that would allow registration of none-pedigreed animals without requiring spay/neuter first).  As such, it would be very difficult to procure this breed and be certain that it was a properly registered/pedigreed animal.  Additional information would be appreciated as available.
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