I am an avid animal lover and expert in rat husbandry. I love to write about animals.
I really love animals of all types, including the hairless ones. However, most people just can't see eye to eye on the hairless ones. As a matter of fact, these people tend to go overboard and freak out if they come across a hairless animal. Personally, I think they're pretty cool, and they can be super-duper adorable.
I bring you six of the most interesting (or perhaps the creepiest) hairless animals that I could find. If you have owned a hairless animal before, definitely tell us about your experience with your friends in the comments section. Without further ado, please meet our six contenders on the hairless animals list!
1. The Hairless Hamster
Okay, so one thing I'm not a huge fan of is hamsters. But there is just something about the hairless hamster that keeps you from being able to look away! Without hair, the hamsters' ears look extra large, giving them a tiny bit of the cute factor. I still wouldn't own a hamster (team pet rats!), but I wouldn't mind playing with one if a friend owned one.
2. Would You Believe There Are Hairless Rabbits?
That's right, hairless bunnies! Perhaps this might not be the cute, baby Easter bunny that you would normally find, but you have to admit that his facial hair is pretty cool—kind of like a Schnauzer! I've owned several bunnies before, but not a bald one. I've never actually seen one, as a matter of fact. Do you know of any hairless rabbits in your area? It would be awesome to see one for sure!
3. A Hairless Aardvark?
You have to give me props on this one—definitely a random animal to be hairless! I think that scarcely anyone has seen this rare occurrence. But for such an already weird-looking animal, this little guy is doggone adorable! I'd hold him in a heartbeat; wouldn't you? I'm not sure whether or not he was bred in captivity with the purpose of being hairless or if he happened to be a wild animal that was found like this (another prime example of natural genetic mutation).
4. Calling All Guinea Pig Fans
Many of us have owned a guinea pig at one point in time. However, few of us were lucky enough to encounter a bald one like this guy above! I'm definitely not one of the lucky ones; otherwise, I'd have a bald guinea pig right now. He's definitely awesome with his halfway-there little whiskers!
5. No One Can Deny a Kitten
Yup, this kitten is most definitely hairless. It's devoid of all the fluffy adorableness that kittens usually use to lure in even the most unsuspecting, huge, hairy biker guys. Instead, this kitten is using its bald charm. You cannot deny that this kitten is most definitely cute, even without all of that fur that winds up all over your favorite furniture . . . hey, a hairless cat is sounding better and better, especially since my kitties give ME hairballs! Phew, vacuums cringe at the sight of kitties!
6. And My Personal Favorite: The Hairless Rat!
I've owned several hairless rats in the past as a pet rat breeder. Naturally, that makes them my favorite! Hairless rats are no different from their furred cousins, but they definitely amp up the creepy factor for people. I used to love to freak out friends with my hairless rats. They were such huge babies, and they just loved to get out into your lap.
Rats are awesome, period, which is why you should check out my other article, 10 Reasons to Own Pet Rats. You might just find that you are way overdue for getting your OWN pet rat. This is especially true if you have had a bad experience with nippy hamsters, which is one of my biggest reasons for not owning hamsters anymore.
Other Known Hairless Animals
© 2014 angryelf
❤ on June 29, 2020:
Hairless or with hair, I think all animals should be well treated
tilly on May 17, 2020:
shi on May 07, 2019:
i hav 2 hairless rats
GalaxyRat on April 08, 2017:
Interesting and...cute! I'm so weird for thinking this is adorable.
John Hansen from Queensland Australia on July 24, 2014:
All cute in a weird sort of way. Interesting hub. Thanks for sharing.
travmaj from australia on July 23, 2014:
Sweet, I'd cuddle them all. They look a bit chilly though. I feel a bit sad for the hairless creatures that are not naturally that way. They are quite beautiful though.
Cardia from Barbados. on July 23, 2014:
Friends have always given me strange looks when I say that I think hairless cats are adorable, but the photo of the kitten in your article positively melted my heart!
Definitely an interesting article to read! Voted up, awesome and interesting :)
Sondra Rochelle from USA on July 23, 2014:
These critters look like they came from Mars!
Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on July 23, 2014:
The hairless rabbit picture is quite weird with its beard. Interesting hub, have added it to What The Hub? on Google +. Voted funny!
Nell Rose from England on July 23, 2014:
lol! they are so cute in a strange sorta way! I used to keep rats too, but not hairless ones! the kitty was sweet, I think! not sure what I feel about them, but really fascinating!
sheilamyers on July 23, 2014:
I'd say the aardvark, rat, and guinea pig are cute, but I haven't made up my mind about the other ones. Maybe I find hairless cats, dogs, rabbits, and such weird looking because I'm so used to seeing them with fur and I don't see a lot of the other animals with or without hair. As you mentioned, there would be advantages to having a hairless cat (I'm a cat person). If I ever saw one for adoption and it hit high on my cute meter, I'd adopt it.
angryelf (author) from Tennessee on July 23, 2014:
Hehehe but how creepy would it be if humans were covered in a coat of hair? :)
I.W. McFarlane from Philadelphia on July 23, 2014:
Lol! It has to be a genetic mutation! Thanks
angryelf (author) from Tennessee on July 22, 2014:
Mackyi, I believe all of them are genetic mutations that are bred out from the genotype several times over and then finally become a phenotype; one that becomes a likely probability after a few generations of selective breeding. Almost any animal is susceptible to being hairless... and it's definitely an odd sight for most! I personally wouldn't try to shave a rabbit... I think I'd lose a hand when they got mad LOL
I.W. McFarlane from Philadelphia on July 22, 2014:
A hairless rabbit! Just curious... are these animals ill, or were they purposely shaved by someone?
Theophanes Avery from New England on July 22, 2014:
Most hairless genes in the rabbit population don't produce animals that live into adulthood. That being said there is a small stable breeding colony of them at Texas A&M University that are being developed as meat rabbits for hot developing countries. Furry bunnies tend to suffer in heat and humidity. Hairless pets can be fun. I've had hairless cats and rats in the past and still would appreciate an "alien hamster." ;)