Dog Training

Peruvian Naked Dog


Intelligent, affectionate, lively
Size: Medium
Height: 40-50 cm
Weight: 8-12 kg
Lifespan: 9-15 years
Coat: Nude
Colors: Black, White, Brown, Grey, Tan, Rosé
FCI Group: Spitz and primitive types

The Peruvian Naked Dog is one of the rather rare dog breeds in our latitudes. The breed is also called Viringo in South America. The intelligent and affectionate dog belongs to the group of medium-sized dogs. He is therefore also a great apartment dog and scores with many advantages. However, it is guaranteed that the Peruvian Naked Dog is a quadruped that causes a sensation. As I said, it is not often that you see a dog in this country that has no fur. This special and eye-catching appearance is sometimes the certain something that makes this breed special.

Peruvian Naked Dog
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The most distinctive feature of Peruvian naked dogs is the lack of fur. However, these dogs do not have to be completely naked. Some species of this breed wear tufts of fur on their heads and tails. The animals are very slender and have a graceful build. These dogs come in a variety of colors. Peruvian naked dogs come in black or white, brown, gray, tan or rose. Peruvian naked dogs are either solid, bicolored or tricolored, and may also be spotted, piebald or striped. These graceful looking animals can concentrate well, have a strong protective instinct and are lively.

Peruvian naked dogs are fast and very athletic. Also a typical feature of this breed is the incomplete dentition, which most representatives of this breed have. Peruvian Naked Dogs are very adaptable and easy to train. Therefore, these animals are well suited for beginners. Peruvian Naked Dogs bond very strongly to often one dog owner and like to be skeptical and reserved with strangers at the beginning.

Nevertheless, these dogs are very sociable, usually needing only a certain period of acquaintance. Peruvian Naked Dogs also usually get along well with children and cats. However, a well-socialized representative of this breed will never be fearful or aggressive. The dogs, which have an average life expectancy of 9 to 15 years, are also well suited for allergy sufferers.

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The right food

Peruvian Naked Dogs are very slender and should be kept slender. However, in general, this breed does not tend to gain much weight anyway. The lack of teeth does not prevent the adorable naked dogs from eating. You can feed your four-legged friend with dry food, but also wet food. You can also feed your naked dog barf or the Prey method. It is important that you pay attention to a balanced diet. Peruvian Naked Dogs tend to be a bit fussy. Make sure that your four-legged friend always drinks enough water. The food should also be grain-free and sugar-free.

Peruvian naked dog care

This dog breed is more about skin care than coat care. They should not be bathed too often, otherwise the skin can dry out too much. Only a ph-neutral and mild dog shampoo should be used for bathing. To counteract the drying of the skin, you can rub the dog with coconut oil.

In summer, these dogs also need effective sun protection. You can use a sunscreen for babies with a high sun protection factor, or even put a T-shirt on your four-legged friend. Especially at the beach and in the garden this is very advisable.

Otherwise, the care is the same as for all other dog breeds. Make sure that the claws do not become too long. Regularly check the ears and teeth. Tartar should be professionally removed by a veterinarian. The absence of fur also has one advantage. Ticks, fleas and other parasites can be easily detected. In addition, naked dogs are not necessarily known as a magnet for ticks and Co.

Suitable accessories

Besides a food bowl and water bowl, you will definitely need a leash. It is best to use a wide collar for Peruvian naked dogs, which is also popular for greyhounds. But it is even better to lead your four-legged darling on a harness. A claw pliers, cloths for cleaning the ears, shampoo and coconut oil should always be at hand. You also need to think about exercising your pet. Peruvian naked dogs like to learn tricks quickly. They like to play frisbee and are also very talented in agility or dog dancing. So when you move in, there should be suitable toys waiting for them. A cuddly basket and blankets should also not be missing.

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Origin & History

Exactly clarified the origin of this breed is not. However, it is assumed that these dogs already exist for more than 3,000 years. Excavations and finds from the Moche culture already show images of this particular dog breed. These first finds can be dated to about 750 BC. The naked dogs were also considered a status symbol of the wealthy Incas. Naked dogs were revered and worshipped. The reason for this was that this dog breed was said to have a magical and mystical aura. Thus, it was believed that Peruvian naked dogs had a healing effect on joint pain and bone diseases. However, it is certain that this is a noble and extraordinary breed of dogs - then and now.

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