Get to know the Peruvian Hairless Dog
All you need to know about the breed
When Coco Chanel said, “…to be irreplaceable, one must always be different” - she might easily have been talking about the Peruvian Hairless Dog. In a class by themselves when it comes to appearance, the Peruvian Hairless Dog’s standout looks coupled with a warm disposition and alert intelligence make this ancient breed most unique.
The Peruvian Hairless Dog, which comes in small, medium and large sizes, is often compared to other sighthounds - namely the Whippet - in terms of body shape and even temperament. But this is where their similarity to any other breed stops. While both versions of the Peruvian Hairless Dog, the hairless and the powderpuff, are alike save for the powderpuff’s coat and ear carriage, it’s the more common hairless dogs that steal the show. Known in Quechua, the language of the Incas, as the “dog without vestments”, the hairless variety’s skin, which does require some special attention, can be grey, brown, copper, mottled or with pink spots. Add to that some occasional tufts of hair on their head, feet and tail and you’ve got an eye-catching look.
And while both varieties are medium-energy and do need daily exercise, Peruvian Hairless Dogs are a generally laid-back breed that will spend most of their time indoors - preferably in a home with older children who are familiar with and respectful of canine companions. Though wary of strangers and slow to appraise anyone they don’t know, the Peruvian Hairless Dog is deeply loyal and affectionate with their human families and can make a wonderful pet.
2 facts about Peruvian Hairless Dogs
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Peruvian Hairless Dog