Peruvian Hairless Dog (big)

Animal welfare relevant breed

Life expectancy

11 years

Age adult

18 months

Height (Shoulder height)

60 cm


22 kg

Coat texture

hairless / occasionally short hair on forehead, neck, paw and tail

Coat color

black, brown, grey, white, rose colored patches

Common illnesses

senstive to cold / teeth problems / Breeding relevant to animal welfare / sunburn

Food expenses per month in €

about € 50

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather not

First dog suitable

Rather yes

Allergy friendly

Rather yes




Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


robust / alert / active / clingy / lively / flexible, adaptable / mistrustful of strangers

Bred for

worshipped due to healing powers against diseases in Peru

Common illnesses

senstive to cold / teeth problems / Breeding relevant to animal welfare / sunburn

Dog type according to FCI

spitz and primitive types

FCI description

Many dogs of this group were kept as guard, hat, hunt, or sled dogs. They are considered to be very strong-willed and often less affectionate than other breeds. Many have a pronounced territorial consciousness and get along with same-sex conspecifics less well. They are often not easy to educate and only participate in things they consider useful.

So if you want a cuddly family dog that does every trick, you wont be happy here. Generally many of these dogs, like Chow Chow, Aktita and Co. are rather one-man dogs, i.e. related to one person and do not bind themselves to the whole family. Spitze in particular tend very much to loud utterances.

Short description

The Peruvian Hairless Dog is a vivid family-dog, although he can be vrey stubborn sometimes. He needs a soft but firm training and loved to be outdoors to et off steam. He is dissmissive towards strangers and should be socialized early. He is quite robust and a nice companion for active people.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.