The Unusual Peruvian Hairless Dog

The Unusual Peruvian Hairless Dog

What is the Perro sin Pelo del Peru?

On the streets of Peru, you may notice a very unique dog – one without hair. When you touch and hug this pet, you will feel a lot of warmth coming from its hairless body. Despite being an unusual breed, I really love these dogs.

The “Peruvian Hairless Dog” is officially called the Inca Orchid, originating from Peru. It also goes by a few other names: Perro sin Pelo del Peru, Pio, Perro Flora (Flower Dog), Moonflower Dog and Inca Hairless Dog. Although it is stressed that the Peruvian Hairless Dog is an animal of the Incas, it must be noted that its history goes much further in time. Perro Sin Pelo del Peru was very well known amongst cultures that preceded the Incas, including Mochica (I-VIII AD) and Chimú (IX-XI AD). But how do we know that this breed existed so early? Because of well-preserved ceramic objects, dating before the rise of the Inca Empire, that show the naked Peruvian dog in great detail. Till this day, there are still statues of a ruler with the Perro sin Pelo del Peru at his feet. It is also known that the Peruvian Hairless Dog had a special meaning for Incas. It was treated by the indigenous people with great respect, to the extent that a deceased ruler or important person would be buried with their dog. It is also assumed that the Incas believed that Perros sin Pelo del Peru were actually incarnations of god.

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A Perro sin Pelo del Peru resting in the sand

What differs Peruvian Hairless Dog from others?

As the name suggests – just its naked body. These dogs are either completely, or almost completely hairless. Their naked bodies can at most have a single patch of hair on the head and tail. The color of their skin can either be grey, black or dark brown.

Another distinct characteristic of this dog is its body temperature, which is about 39°C (102.2°F). Because this dog does not have insulating hair, their natural body temperature is higher than other breeds. Therefore, when you touch or hug a Perro sin Pelo del Peru, it almost feels like touching a heater. The Peruvian Hairless Dog is therefore not only a great companion, but also a great source of adorable heat! Additionally, due to their body temperatures, it is claimed that the Perro sin Pelo del Peru is perfect for people with rheumatic problems. Patients with arthritis can hug the naked body of the pet to warm up their joints.

It is also believed that these dogs help with the asthma treatment as they are hypogenic. Therefore this breed is also a great alternative for people with allergies. If you suffer from allergies, and you dream of owning a dog, you may want to consider the purchase of the Peruvian Hairless Dog.

- Perro Sin Pelo del Peru
A Perro sin Pelo del Peru with rockstar hair!

And what about the temperament of the Perro sin Pelo del Peru?

As a rule, the Peruvian Hairless Dog is calm, friendly, affectionate and lively. They are loyal to their household and family but can be distrustful towards strangers. They are also very intelligent and learn quickly.

More information about this breed can be found on the American Kennel Club website.

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