The Peruvian Hairless Dog (Large)

Exercise Requirements  
Grooming Requirements  
Weight4-25 Kg (approx)
Life Span12-14 Years (approx)


Going by his general conformation, it is an elegant and slim dog, whose aspect expresses speed, strength and harmony without ever appearing coarse. He is of noble and affectionate nature with those nearest to him. He is reserved towards strangers, lively, alert and a good guard dog.

There are three sizes in the males and females.
Small from 25 to 40 cm (9 ¾ to 15 ¾ inches)
Medium from 40 to 50 cm (15 ¾ to 19 ¾ inches)
Large from 50 to 60 cm (19 ¾ to 25 ¾ inches)

The weight in the size of the males and females
Small from 4 to 8 kg (8.8 to 17.6 lbs)
Medium from 8 to 12 kg (17.6 to 26.4 lbs)
Large from 12 to 25 kg (26.4 to 55.1 lbs)


When the Spanish arrived in Peru they discovered a rich variety of fauna and flora "Strange" species never seen before by the Europeans. However, the Peruvian’s origin is a story not yet told that takes us back more than two thousand years, into the distance of time. During the formative period of the Andean societies, the regional development predominated along the Peruvian coast and the mountain areas. Once the influence of agriculture started, theocratic feudal states emerged and extended in time until after the beginning of the Christian era. The union between man and dog initiated thousands of years ago, also acquired importance for the former inhabitant of the Andes. Probably one of the oldest demonstrations of this is the discovery in the cove of Puémape of San Pedro de Lloc, of dog’s burials sharing the cemetery with the inhabitants of the time. These belong to the Salinar Culture, whose remains show an antiquity of approximately 300 years BC.

The dog's significance also had an effect in the artistic expression of the Nazca Culture (100-700 AD). During the second phase the ceramics was characterized for being particularly naturalistic, very simple and refined, reddish with plants, fruits and animals designs. Sculptural representations of polychrome fruits and animals were also common, where the hairless dog is represented with an admirable realism. Besides, we must point out that dogs appear in the repertoire of the petroglyphs of Pampa de Ingenio. Not far from Nazca town, people still believe that dogs go with death spirits to the mountain Coropuna.
The Vicus Culture (500 BC-400 AD), who owe their name to the hill situated on the grounds of the former Pabur Farm, about 50 kms east of Piura, did not stay behind in this sense and through their ceramics showed us the same characteristics that the dog conserves to our days.
More than 1000 years before the Tahuantinsuyu, a people today called Mochica. (100 BC-700 AD) reached its maximum development in the coastal plain of Perú. In spite they did not know anything about writing, the Mochicas transmitted the representation of their activities and environment through their art, expression means that amazingly looks like real. The Moches were famous for portraying in their huacos (hairless dogs) the different aspects of their society, the personality of their master, their traditions and rites, human expressions of their different states of mind, birds and others animals. Here we point out the hairless dog with whom he coexisted and kept as a faithful companion, and who deserved a place within the family.
The decline of the Moche Culture gave way to the Chimu Culture (1100-1470 AD), which comprised a period of transition between the Wari (700-1200 AD) and Inca (1100-1470 AD) hegemony. The largest amount of ceramics belongs to this culture. Like the Moches they portrayed the different stages of life, breastfeeding a reduced number of their young, as is the case today, resting placidly, and many other moments. Accepted in the homes, they would retribute with their service, alerting its dwellers of the incursion of neighbours seeking to conquer land and also exterminating rodents and bugs that threatened the harvest. Other regional states in pre-Inca times moulded the hairless dog into their artworks. The Chancay Culture (1200-1470 AD) with its beautiful recipients in their black on white style depicted the life cycle of the hairless dog.


Noble and affectionate at home with those close to him, at the same time lively and alert; he is wary. A good guard in the presence of strangers.

Care / Grooming

SKIN: The skin must be smooth and elastic all over the body, but can form rounded almost concentric lines on the head and round the eyes and the cheeks. It has been checked that the internal and external temperature of these dogs is exactly the same as other breeds. The absence of hair leads to an immediate and direct emanation of heat, different from the hairy subjects, where the heat filters through the coat by natural ventilation
The skin must be washed and moisturized regularly to keep it soft and supple. Skin eruptions can be occur and should be kept clean. In extreme conditions they can be treated with Human acne treatments as long as they are mild.


Generally a healthy dog. Some skin allergies can be encountered and also a few dogs exhibit a dry tongue that hangs out the mouth. This is a rare occurrence.

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