Photo Friday: The Peruvian Hairless

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I took this picture at the Huaca Pucllana ruins in the Miraflores district of Lima. It’s a Peruvian Hairless, and the breed has been around since ancient times. Depictions of the Peruvian Hairless dog have been seen in paintings dating back almost 1500 years. Incan tribes and other cultures all owned this hairless breed.

 

The conquest of Peru almost brought the breed to extinction. They were no longer looked at as pets and were left to wander the coasts of Peru on their own. Humans began to hunt them for fun and for their skins. By the 21st century their numbers were so low that the Peruvian government decided to protect the symbolic breed. They ordered every archeological site along the coast of Peru to have at least one pair of the hairless pups.

 

Now their numbers are back up, and some even view them as a luxury pet.

 

It looks a little too much like the Chupacabra for my liking. What do you think? Could you imagine a Peruvian Hairless being your four legged friend? Let me know in the comments below.

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