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This is Momo.  He is my dog.  He is a Hairless American Terrier and is sometimes called a Hairless Rat Terrier.  He has also been called a "naked dog" and a "rubber dog".  He does not know he does not have fur.

Step 1: Origin

Momo is hairless because he has two recessive genes.  These genes are common in rat terriers.  The first American Hairless Terrier had a mama and a daddy rat terrier with fur.  This was back when KISS was still cool and people thought they were the devil.  Momo is not the devil.

No really, he isn't.

Step 2: Hairlessness

Momo is a member of the most hairless breed of dog.  He has tiny microscopic hairs and whiskers.  He had fur when he was little, but it fell out after a few weeks.

Step 3: Size

Momo is small.  He is only 12 lbs.

Step 4: Clothes

Momo is a good model.  He likes his clothes because they keep him warm.  I do not have to feel bad about buying him cute clothes because he needs clothes anyway.  It is hard to find him clothes that fit because he is skinny and is a boy dog.  A lot of clothes are made for girl dogs.

Step 5: Sunscreen

Momo has white and grey skin.  If he is in the sun too long, his white skin can burn.  He needs sunscreen and t-shirts to help protect his skin.

Step 6: Baths

Momo is a good boy in the bath tub because he was bathed since he was little.  He does not need baths so much, but he can have them regularly.

Step 7: Nails

Momo grows long claws.  They must be clipped regularly.

Step 8: Vet

Momo does not like the vet.  He has luxating patillas which is common for a dog with such thin legs.  He has also had mange but is recovered.  The breed is not known for mange.  Besides that, he is a good healthy boy.

Step 9: Food

Momo is always starving.  He would eat a moose if he could.  He eats good dog food with some vegetable oil because he uses so many calories in a day to keep his temperature normal.  He also gets greenies and chews.

Step 10: Children

Momo likes children and not just for breakfast.  Just kidding.  He is very gentle with them.  When he was growing up, he was around children a lot.

Step 11: Prey Drive

Momo is a terrier and has a high prey drive.  He would like to hunt and kill all day long.  He has lots of plush toys that he likes to destroy.

Step 12: Other Dogs

Momo does good around other dogs unless they are on a leash or behind a fence.  Then he does not do that good.  Many dogs do not like Momo because he is different.

Step 13: Water

Momo is not good in the water.  He is skinny and has small paws.  One time he jumped in a swimming pond with other dogs and sank.  He must not have realized it was so deep.  He was able to swim to shore and barf a gallon of water.  He does not like deep water anymore, and he has a life vest for going to the river.

Step 14: Exercise

Momo is small and loves toys, laser pointers, and terrorizing the cats.  He can get all of his exercise inside.  He should not go on very long walks or jogs.

Step 15: Cameras

Momo does not like his picture taken.

Step 16: Summary

The American Hairless Terrier has the same personality traits as a rat terrier and terriers in general.  They must receive some special care due to them being hairless, but generally they're healthy.  Their claws do grow abnormally fast, and they do get gunk in their ears and eyes.  However, they're a breeze to bathe, and that more than makes up for the minimal grooming they require.  Obviously they don't need to be trimmed or shaved.  Originally I was told that he needed weekly baths, but I haven't found that to be the case.  He's generally very clean and really doesn't need all that much cleaning.

The most common questions I get asked are:

Did you shave him?
Does he have a disease?
How do you pet him?

I do not shave him.  He does not have a disease and does not look diseased besides a lack of fur - his skin is very clean and pretty, and dogs with a skin disease will have sores/rashes.  You pet him like you were giving someone a light back rub or like you were petting a dog with fur.

This Instructable is largely inspired by the questions I do get asked and by the misinformation that's currently out there.  I was once asked by a rescue organization worker, "What's wrong with your dog?" as he was trying to intercept my approach to the puppy pen where I could get my puppy cuteness fix.  I had to tell him that there's nothing wrong with my dog - he just doesn't have any fur but is otherwise healthy, social, and happy.
It's this a children's book
I must say, I knew of hairless cats but I have never even heard of a hairless dog before. Momo is adorable! thank you for teaching me something new :) I'm glad he has someone to look after him properly as I can imagine some people not being so caring.
<p> Hi! I also have an American Hairless Terrier. His name is Shittles, he's about 9 and I adopted him in January. He was an owner surrender...I don't know how someone does that after 9 years...I can't imagine giving him up after 3 months! Anyway, we are working on socialization, he loves to fetch, loves to snuggle, he's very smart and learns quickly. Mine definitely needs the weekly bath because he sweats like a man at the gym. That's partly due to living in AZ but he also just loves to be warm. He'd rather be curled up in a blanket, sweating, than anywhere else. As soon as the AC turns on he shivers so thank goodness he loves his t-shirts. Mine is also a bit larger than yours at 18lbs. He's my handsome little naked man and he's awesome!</p>
<p>bet he feels like a petting a baby. He is cute.</p>
<p>Awesome. I have a rat terrier/chinese crested mix. We have had her for 10 years now. Here in MN, Daisy is a completely indoor dog in the Winter. She loves to find the sun shining through the window and lay there soaking it in. We use sunscreen on her but she still gets a tan each Summer. Thanks for educating with your instructable. </p>
<p>momo is cool.</p>
love the devotion u give to Ur dog
<p>Hi: I have a regular haired dog, but her hair gets everywhere! Can you tell me how I can make her hairless? :)</p>
He is so cute! You seem like a great parent!!!
<p>What a cutie!</p>
<p>Your dog is adorable! And thank you for sharing this instructable, it will help my friend out a lot!</p>
<p>Clearly Momo is very lucky to have such a great owner who takes such good care of him! What a fabulous instructable and adorable dog! Good boy, Momo!</p>
<p>Thanks! :)</p>
Cute! I have always wanted a hairless creature!
I love your dog! People think hairless dogs r cute but why not my cat? Everyone thinks he's ugly because he has floppy ears
he is a very beautiful dog
Thanks! He's my little boy. :3
Your instructable was great! I have an American Hairless Terrier as we'll and he looks a lot like Momo! He is now 8 and I thought I knew just about everything there was to know about his breed. It's a relief to hear their nails are longer than normal. I'm constantly cutting! Your post had my whole family giggling! Thanks again;)
Aw, thank you! Da Momo is 8 y/o now as well. I think I've cut approximately 500 linear feet of toenail off of him, and his reign of terror against plushie toys continues!
maybe you should youse a different noun than just &quot;Momo.&quot; Like &quot;my dog&quot; or &quot;he&quot;
It was a stylistic choice inspired by Dug from the movie &quot;Up&quot;.
ok that makes alot of sense now
OOH OOH! WHERE DID YOU GET THAT T-SHIRT? I HAVE TWO CHINESE CRESTEDS AND SEARCH CONSTANTLY FOR &quot;NOT TOO CUTE&quot; T-SHIRTS. <br> <br>ITS HARD TO FIND GOOD ONES, ESPECIALLY FOR MY MALE DOG. <br> <br>i DIDN'T KNOW HAIRLESS AM. TERRIERS EXISTED UNTIL AFTER I HAD MY 1ST CRESTED. FOUND AN ARTICLE ON LINE WHILE READING UP ON HOW TO CARE FOR MY LITTLE MAN. <br> <br>ARE AM. TERRIERS PRETTY MUCH DANDER FREE? I'M ALLERGIC TO DOGS SO TRIED CRESTEDS WITH GREAT SUCESS. ALWAYS LOVED RAT TERRIERS. IS MOMO A MINIATURE? <br> <br>
I'm not sure exactly sure where I got the shirt, but I think I found it at Target or PetSmart.&nbsp; Both are places where I get a lot of his clothes, but it's hard to find non-cutesy clothes for dogs.&nbsp; I just make a point of checking the dog clothing section in both stores whenever I go in.&nbsp; Sometimes I get lucky, and sometimes I don't.<br> <br> Momo is supposed to be low dander, but of course, no dog is truly hypoallergenic for all people.&nbsp; If allergies don't cause you a problem with the Chinese Cresteds, then a Momo dog should be fine too.&nbsp; I'm not allergic to animals of any sort so far as I know, so I can't say from personal experience.<br> <br> I don't know of any miniatures for this breed.&nbsp; There are some that will be bigger or smaller than the norm, but so far as I can tell, most are 10-14 lbs.<br>
Thanks for the info. I live in a rural area and don't get to a Target often. I'll be sure to check the pet dept. next time I go. Maybe the website has a pet section I can check. <br> <br>Thanks again.
The outfits there may be cheap but the trouble is they never fit properly. My CC measures 40cm from neck to tail but he's naturally thin bodied. Hence I have to take in all his outfits.<br>P.S. I also agree about the lack of outfits for male doggies. Why isn't it obvious to the manufacturers that a boy doggie can easily pee on the outfits?
Hi there from Perth Western Australia. I'm also &quot;owned&quot; by a hairless CC (Pepe) and I thought you might be interested in a super quick and easy way to make them outfits.<br>Do you have men in the family, men friends (or larger women) who have old worn out fleece hoodies or windcheaters? I make Pepe &quot;at home&quot; outfits from the arms and sewing is NOT essential.<br>Cut an arm off at the shoulder.<br>Put the cuff end over your doggie's head, making sure the seam is under his chin.<br>Use chalk (or a marker pen) to mark where:<br>1/ his front legs are, then cut slits for them and push his legs through them<br>2/ his tail begins, then cut the sleeve off there<br>3/ the hardest bit is marking where his rib cage ends and cutting the sleeve back far enough underneath him so he doesn't wee on it! ***This part would be much easier for females doggies!<br>Please feel free to ask me any questions because I'll probably never get around to doing an instructable : )
Wonderful instructable... and what a beautiful boy!<br><br>I'm owned by a hairless Chinese Crested named Paris. ;-)
I take a log of grief from my big dog owning buddies. Banjo, my 2 year old Chineese Crested is my main man. He knows he's small and bald, andwears it well like Momo does. I absolutely adored this article. <br><br>Yes, I am male, and I spoil my fru fru dog. <br><br>That's what makes me so manly!
The big dog doesn't make the man - the man makes the big dog.&nbsp; Even if it's a little body.<br>
Your dog is adorable!!!! <br>
He is such a cute dog! :D
MY HAIR STYLIST IS CRAZY FOR MY CHINESE CRESTED SO I TAKE HIM WITH ME TO GET MY HAIR DONE. <br> <br>IT WAS HOMECOMING WEEKEND AND THE SHOP WAS FULL OF TEENAGE GIRLS. <br> <br>ONE OF THEM KEPT EYEING HIM AND FINALLY ASKED TO HOLD HIM. <br> <br>I HANDED HIM TO HER. SHE HELD HIM FOR A FEW SECONDS, SAID &quot;EWWW&quot; AND HANDED HIM BACK. <br> <br>OTHER THAN THE TYPICAL MALE RESPONSE TO HIM-&quot;YOU PAID MONEY FOR THAT?&quot;, HERS WAS THE WORSE REACTION I'VE HAD. <br> <br>EVERYONE ELSE ADORES HIS HAIRLESS LITTLE SELF.
I've had &quot;ew&quot; reactions, but I take it as a knee-jerk reaction.&nbsp; I think the &quot;You paid money for THAT?&quot; comment/question would be worse, especially for someone who loves dogs but is allergic to most.<br>
My dog was like that, he ad a stuffed hedgehog named &quot;hedgie&quot; that he loved. one day while he was playing with it, (he had it in his mouth snd was shaking his head) a hole formed in it's &quot;ear&quot; and stuffing went everywere. he was sad. I managed to get all of the stuffing and put it back in and sew him up.
I just wanna kiss him on the forehead! :P
Naked dogs are native to Mexico and there they're called Xoloitzcuintli. Most other naked dog breeds are derived from them (even the &quot;chineze&quot; crested) They became this way on their own, in the wild, that's why they still have many primitive traits like the skinny legs, sharp teeth, hunting instincts and few small dog hereditary diseases. Very nice instructable! Two thumbs up!
Great photography throughout! I'm a cat person, but I totally enjoyed your informative Instructable! I'm glad you pay a lot of attention to his nails. I clip my cats' nails, but in my cat, Monty's, last year, when we were preoccupied with giving him his twice daily insulin shots, feeding him by hand (he needed diabetic food, which he did not like, but needed to have the insulin on a full stomach), and eventually, giving him subcutaneous fluids, one day I noticed blood on his paw. One nail had grown abnormally large and curled in and was actually splitting his pad! I could not extend his toe enough to remove it! We took him to the vet's where they simply clipped the nail and it turned out to have a normal new claw under this odd, misshapened sheath! Now I am much more diligent in nail examination!
Ew, ya, claws curling back into the pad are terrible.
Not a fan of dogs but still love this instructable. It is informative and like reading a child's book. <br />
Thanks!&nbsp; I wrote this shortly after watching &quot;Up!&quot; so it should read a bit like Dug from the movie which made it a lot of fun to write this Instructable.<br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
Momo is lucky in have you. Seems like you really take good care of him ;)<br />
That's very sweet of you to say.&nbsp; :)<br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
<p>I like him! He is cute.</p>
He is pretty darn cute and does lots of funny things.&nbsp; ^_^ <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
My dog Sawyer is really funny
He's adorable!&nbsp; I love the little dog booties. ;)<br /> Are hairless dogs like Momo better for those with dog allergies?<br />
I loved the dog booties, too, but he hated them which actually made it a little more adorable with all of his prancing.<br /> <br /> Yes, they are!&nbsp; But people can still be allergic to them depending on the source of the allergen because he still has saliva even if he doesn't really have dander.&nbsp; I personally don't have pet allergies, but that's what I've read/heard.&nbsp; His breed in particular is very popular with people who have severe dog allergies but who still love dogs and want one.&nbsp; Still there's no true &quot;hypo-allergenic&quot; dog and people can still be allergic to him. <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
Momo is a cute puppy.

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