Peruvian Hairless Dog

Other names: Peruvian Hairless Dog, Inca Hairless Dog, Perro sin pelo del Perú, Peruvian Hairless Dog

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The Peruvian Hairless Dog is a rather slender and elegantly built dog. The general appearance of the Peruvian Hairless Dog gives off an impression of speed, strength and harmony, without coarseness. There are 2 varieties in this breed, one hairless and the other with. The first is also distinguished by incomplete dentition.



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Hair type Short
Origin Peru
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 4 kg to 25 kg From 25 cm to 50 cm
Male From 4 kg to 25 kg From 25 cm to 50 cm
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History of the breed

The race of   Peruvian hairless dog has very ancient origins . Archaeological excavations have, in fact, made it possible to find ceramic objects where dogs resembling the Peruvian Hairless Dog are represented and which belonged to various cultures prior to the Incas , notably the Chancay civilization (between 1200 and 1470 CE).

The Peruvian Hairless Dog breed was definitively recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) on June 30, 1981. Its official FCI standard in force was published on October 8, 2012.

Pictures of Peruvian Hairless Dog

Photo of Dulce, Peruvian Hairless DogPhoto of Don yawar, Peruvian Hairless DogPhoto of Bella, Peruvian Hairless DogPhoto of Rosie jolie, Peruvian Hairless DogPhoto of Kené, Peruvian Hairless Dog

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Physical features

His hair: almost non-existent in the naked variety. A few scattered hairs can be observed on the head, as well as at the end of the limbs and tail, even on the back. In the variety with robe, it is soft, short and straight. The well-exposed skin is soft and elastic all over the body.
Its color: any color or color combination.
His head: lupoid shaped. The skull is medium in size (mesocephalic) and its upper axes are parallel to the muzzle. Seen from above, the skull is broad and the head tapering towards the nose. The occipital protuberance and the stop are only slightly marked. The lips are tight and the cheeks developed, but without exaggeration.
Its ears: erect when the dog is attentive, carried back when it is at rest. Of medium length, wide at their attachment, tapering towards their point, which is pointed.
His eyes: display an alert and intelligent expression. Medium in size, slightly almond-shaped, neither sunken nor prominent, color ranging from black to brown, even yellow, in accordance with the color of the skin (in the naked variety) and that of the hair (in the coat variety) .
Its body: writable in a square, the height at the withers being equal to the length. The neck is curved, equal in length to that of the head and shaped like a truncated cone. The top line is straight, the withers slightly accentuated, the back straight and well muscled, the loins strong, the croup solid, the chest ample enough but not too much.
Its tail: low set, thick at its root and tapering towards its end. Raised and curved (but not coiled) above the back when the dog is excited.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Peruvian Hairless Dog   is a companion dog with a noble and affectionate temperament . It is especially so at home, with members of his family. At the same time, he is rather wary of strangers, which, combined with his particularly alert character , makes him a good watchdog who will warn of any intrusion attempt.

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The education of the Peruvian Hairless Dog does not involve any particular constraint. The emphasis must be given to softness in its learning , which however includes a small dose of firmness (without any brutality).

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Because he is at the same time discreet, affectionate and practically hairless, the Peruvian Hairless Dog easily finds its place in any type of home , especially in an apartment. He will obviously prefer to live indoors, sheltered from harsh climatic conditions.


Ease of gaining weight

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

Major concerns
Minor concerns
Patella dislocation
Occasional concerns
Functional colopathy
Suggested tests

To protect yourself from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Peruvian Hairless Dog dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Peruvian Hairless Dog is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Peruvian Hairless Dog   is an easy to maintain dog . His skin must however be the subject of special attention, which must be examined and cared for regularly.

It can be washed occasionally , about once a month , but be sure to rinse it well and towel dry. Exhibits are washed with Aleppo soap or liquid black soap. Their skin needs to be hydrated with the regular application of suitable cream or vegetable oil. For dogs with hair, one brushing per week is sufficient.

The eyes and ears of the Peruvian Hairless Dog should be examined frequently to make sure there are no signs of infection or debris. Her teeth need to be brushed regularly to eliminate tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1500 €

The purchase price of a Peruvian Hairless Dog is between € 500 and € 1,500.

Annual maintenance cost

250 €
500 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Peruvian Hairless Dog is between € 250 and € 500.

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The Peruvian Hairless Dog is satisfied with a quality industrial diet, divided into 2 meals per day . Their food must be adapted to their level of physical activity, their size and their age.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Peruvian Hairless Dog needs long daily walks to stretch its paws and be stimulated. Games and exercises keep him balanced both physically and emotionally.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(KC) The Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 5: Spitz-type and primitive-type dogs

Recognized by FCI

Since 1981


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