Peruvian Naked Dog

Peruvian Hairless Dog, Inca Hairless Dog, Perro Sin Pelo de Peru

Like the Mexican Naked Dog, the Peruvian Naked Dog is almost exclusively a companion dog. He can discourage intruders with his courage and barking warnings, but he remains first and foremost a companion. He loves all members of his family, young or old, and can easily make everyone happy.

Height 25 to 65 cm
Weight 4 to 25 kg
Life expectancy 11 to 12 years
Home country Peru

Quick Overview of the Peruvian Naked Dog


  • Affectionate and sociable
  • Player and awake
  • Lively and suspicious
  • Intelligent and responsive


  • Svelte and elegant
  • Hairless look
  • Exudes great nobility
  • Three categories (small, medium, large)


  • Rarely ill
  • Fragile skin
  • Generally healthy

Temperament of the Peruvian Naked Dog

Affectionate, sociable, playful, alert, lively and distrustful, he is endowed with a noble character. Intelligent and receptive, he is easy to train, but his distrust of strangers must be controlled.

He has a great capacity for adaptation and his socialization is relatively easy.

This very special looking dog has great qualities that make him an extraordinary companion dog.

He is compatible with everyone, children as well as elderly, and since he is very affectionate, he hardly stands solitude and prefers to be in the company of his family. Despite his lack of independence, his friendly and warm character allows him to enjoy the company of all.

Breed Appearance

He is slender and elegant, harmonious in appearance and shows great strength. Despite his rather peculiar hairless appearance and small size, the Peruvian Naked Dog exudes great nobility, displaying energy, speed and power.

In addition to his lack of hair, he is also characterized by his almost always incomplete dentition. Physically, he is different from most other dogs by these two particularities.

The three size categories are physically identical except for their size.


Between 25 and 65 cm (9.84 to 25.59 inches) for the male
Between 25 and 65 cm (9.84 to 25.59 inches) for the female


Between 4 and 25 kg (8.82 to 55.12 pounds) for the male
Between 4 and 25 kg (8.82 to 55.12 pounds) for the female


The color of the coat, or skin, is allowed in all shades of black, from slate black to elephant black or bluish.


Hair is practically non-existent except on the head where there is some superfluous hair, sometimes on the back and the tips of the legs as well as on the tail.


The large head of the Peruvian Naked Dog has a faint stop. His eyes are almond-shaped and medium size. Their color can vary from yellow to black.

His ears are medium size and carried erect. His nose is in harmony with the skin color. His tail is carried over the back.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group , section and is #

Tips About this breed

No matter how big he is, he's an excellent alarm dog. Even if, depending on his size category, his capacity for intimidation is more or less great, his courage is far greater than his physical size.

He's very protective and doesn't back down from his guard duty.

Whether by size or character, he can easily adapt to any lifestyle, so he can live anywhere and with any type of owner.

He doesn't need much exercise therefore a daily walk satisfies him. He copes very well with all kinds of walks or outings.

He is intelligent and his education is very easy, as is his socialization, which is quite innate.

His natural distrust of strangers should not be exacerbated and he should learn to live with his peers at an early age.

Although he is sociable with most humans, he is sometimes rebellious with other dogs.

Health of the Peruvian Naked Dog

He is rather robust and rarely gets sick, but his fragile skin needs special attention or it may suffer from dermatitis.

A good skin-softening cream will help keep the skin healthy. In general, he enjoys excellent health and life expectancy.


Of course, his hair doesn't need any maintenance, but his fragile skin must always be protected.

Regular baths are preferable due to his lack of hair. It is important to protect his skin against sunburn to which he is very exposed.

History of this breed

According to most sources, two major theories argue about the true origins of the Peruvian Naked Dog.

The first is that it was Chinese immigration that was responsible for his arrival in Peru shortly after the abolition of slavery of the black population by Don Ramon Castilla, President of the country at the time.

The second is that it was nomads from the African continent who immigrated to America and arrived on the continent with their naked dogs. There is even a third possibility that the Peruvian Naked Dog arrived through the Behring Strait from Asia to America through migration of men and their naked dogs.

Whatever the true origin of this dog, the breed is very old. There are representations of this hairless dog on ceramics from a period before the Inca civilization, including those of the Vicus, Chancay or Mochica, that is to say between the years 300 BC and the years 1400 AD.

He was intended at the time to accompany the souls of the nobles to eternal rest.

The Peruvian Naked Dog exists in three categories: small, medium and large. Essentially a companion dog, he was born to accompany his master because he hates solitude. He is an excellent life companion for everyone.

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