The Unusual Peruvian Hairless Dog

The Unusual Peruvian Hairless Dog

A very unique Peruvian dog – one without hair. When you touch and hug this pet, you will feel a lot of warmth coming from its hairless body. It is such an unusual pet. I love this dog.

Peruvian Hairless Dog officially called the Peruvian Inca Orchid is a unique dog originally from Peru. It is also called Perro Sin Pelo del Peru, Pio, Perro Flora (Flower Dog), Moonflower Dog Inca Hairless Dog. Although it is stressed that the Peruvian Hairless Dog is an animal of the Incas, it must be noted that the history of this pet is much longer. Perro Sin Pelo del Peru was very well known to the earlier cultures, such as, Mochica (I AD –  VIII AD) and Chimú (IX- XI AD). How do we know that this breed has existed so early? Thanks to a well-preserved ceramic objects. Ceramics from a time before the rise of the Inca Empire (and also from the Incas) shows the naked Peruvian dog in great detail. Surviving to this day, statues with the image of a ruler with the Perro sin Pelo del Peru at his feet, among others,. It is also known that the Peruvian Hairless Dog had a special meaning for Incas. It was treated by the Indians 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 the incarnation of gods.

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Photo from: https://www.tuamigoelperro.es/perro-sin-pelo-del-peru-fotos/

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 body can at most have a single patch of hair on the head and tail. Peruvian naked dog’s skin is mostly gray, black or dark brown.

Among the other characteristics of this dog is its body temperature, which is about 39 °C. (102.2 F)  Because this dog does not have hair, when you touch it or hug it, you will feel like you just touched the heater. It is very nice and warm. With this dog you will never be cold.

Peruvian Hairless Dog is therefore not only a great companion, friend, but also a walking heater. Due to the temperature of the body, in the past, as well as currently in Peru, it is assumed that the Perro sin Pelo del Peru are perfect for people with rheumatic problems. Patients with arthritis can hug the naked body of a pet to warm up their joints. Also it is believed that these dogs help treatment of asthma, they are hypogenic.

Therefore this breed is also a great alternative for people with allergies. If you suffer from allergies, and you dream about a dog, you may want to consider the purchase of the Peruvian Hairless Dog.

- Perro Sin Pelo del Peru
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And what we you say about temperament of the Perro sin Pelo del Peru?

As a rule, the Peruvian Hairless Dog are calm, friendly, good for kids, affectionate and lively.  They are committed to the household, but to the strangers are likely to be distrustful. They are also very intelligent and learn quickly.

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

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