Perro sin Pelo del Peru in Peru, part 1
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Perro sin Pelo del Peru in Peru, part 1Back
At the end of 2005 Jp and I went to Peru to see and study our beloved breed.
Because we wanted to know everything about this breed and wanted to mean more for our hairless breed we dicided to go to their homeland. We wanted to see with our own eyes how our breed lives and is kept in Peru.
We were especially curious if we could see some hairless strays/streetdogs, what they look like and how they would be characterwise.
Genetics and the health of the hairless dogs has our special interest.

To Peru

End November 2005 we left for 3 weeks to Peru.

The second day of our trip we ran along our first hairless dog. On the street! Of course we were very enthousiast to see this dog. We got our camera and I had to cuddle this dog! There came a girl who told us the dogs name was “Pumba”. Pumba only had one tooth.
From this moment day two couldn’t dissapoint us anymore.

Inca Dog Show

The weekend we reserved for visiting the Inca Dog Show. The biggest dogshow in Peru
There were 4 shows in two days. The perro sin pelo even had 5 shows because there was a specialty.

Before our trip we made a lot of contacts in Peru, because 3 weeks time and a journeypurpose , then you have to know where you must be. We were treated like VIPs and introduced to everybody. People that ment a lot for this breed were so enthousiast we came all the way from Holland to admire their breed.
Most people liked it we were not only interesten in the pedigree dogs but for their hairless paperless dogs too. The dogs without pedigree still are the majority of this breed.
At the Inca Dog Show all sizes were represented but especially the “grande”.

And, of cours there were very small “pequeñitos” too.

Those two wonderful showdays were gone in a blink of an eye.
It was such fun to see these wonderful dogs and the great handlers.
And...Renzo Crolle Claux asked me to show 3 of his dogs! I was so proud to show these wonderful dogs in Peru with these famous breed specialists.

Some dogs were to fall in love with. Because of their caracter or because of their looks. Or both! Light colours (copper) or spots (Orchidea) you don’t see often. Almost alle the dogs are dark solid colours. Most people prefer these colours because of the sun. The lighter koloriet dogs are burned alive in the Peruvian sunshine when not good taken care of. Many of the lighter coloured dogs suffer or had suffered severe burnwounds.


This poor soul ( a touristic attraction near a ruïn) wasn’t as lucky as the showdog shown above.

I was upset for days...

This situation is even in Peru an extremity. Most hairless dogs are taken care of very good and most of the dogs live in the houses. The Peruvian people are proud of their breed and the think it’s fabuleus that they are even known outside Peru.

The Perro sin Pelo del Peru is seen in whole the Peruvian culture. You can find the dogs in the ceramics of before the Inca culture (Moche). The dogs are kept in Zoo’s and at historical sites. Even, it’s a law in Peru that every historical site must have one or two hairless dogs. This to promote and preserve the breed.

Too bad there’s no program to accompany this, and there is no such thing as a breedingprogram or a exchange program. The dogs live there and reproduce with the other dogs (even other (hairy) breeds) and there’s no supervision. And, too bad for this coppercolour dog. There’s nobody who advices people about colours or health. So sad situations as at this ruïn will exist longer.

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