Abyssinian Sand Terrier
Abyssinian Sand Terrier at the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum, Tring, England


African Hairless Dog

Breed Origin



15.5 to 20.5 in (39 to 52 cm)


Male: 21 to 39 lb (9.5 to 17.7 kg)


bronze, elephant gray, grayish black, black, pale sandy, and mottled

Litter size


Life span

12-15 years

The Abyssinian Sand Terrier or African Hairless Dog is a breed of hairless dog. It can grow 15.5 to 20.5 in (39 to 52 cm) tall and weigh 21 to 39 lb (9.5 to 17.7 kg). Abyssinian Sand Terriers are hairless except for the skull and towards the end of the tail. However, some dogs are totally hairless. They come in bronze, elephant gray, grayish black, black, pale sandy, and mottled. Their ears are rose shaped.

The Abyssinian Sand Terrier's head is broad in the skull with a long, tapered muzzle. The eyes are medium and almond shaped, but do not bulge. Their ears are either rose shaped or large and bat like; both are very thin in texture. The nose is usually black, but many Abyssinian Sand Terriers have a nose that is the same color as their coat. Their bite is scissor or level. The neck is arched slightly and gets thicker the closer it gets to the shoulders. The Abyssinian Sand Terrier has a very deep and broad chest, with the depth reaching the elbows. This breed has a level back and a round rump. The tail is low set and tapers to a fine point. This dog has a good reach in its gait and is very well balanced. Abyssinian Sand Terriers are fearless, loyal, and willing to please.

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