The Peruvian hairless dog or “Perro peruano sin pelo” in Spanish has a shiny leathery wrinkled skin and several patches of hair on his body. Today it is an official breed and on September 5 the Hairless Peruvian Dog Day is celebrated.
However, according to Ancient Origins, less than three decades ago, this dog breed was on the brink of extinction.
“According to PrimitiveDogs.com breeders call this hairless species ‘primitive dogs’ because their genetics have remained greatly unchanged over thousands of years of existence. The dogs were featured on Moche culture ceramics dating to around 750 AD and also in the arts of Wari, Chimú, and Vicus cultures, informing archaeologists that pre-Inca cultures, for thousands of years, looked after these dogs across the Peruvian northern coastal zone”, the aforementioned website wrote on an article published yesterday.
These dogs were not allowed to be eaten in the Inca and the Spanish conquerors thought they were diabolical because they were “ugly”.
“Huaca Pucllana is a vast pre-Incan pyramid located in the Miraflores district of central Lima, Peru, built by the Lima Culture around 500 AD. The site archaeologist, Mirella Ganoza, explained in a BBC news article that in 2006 the Peruvian government declared the dog was ‘an important part of the country's cultural heritage’ and that one of these hairless beasts must live at each archaeological museum site along the Peruvian coast”, Ancient Origins continues explaining.
The BBC article features two of these dogs, called Sumac and Munay who greet visitors in Huaca Pucllana’s ancient pyramid. So, travelers who visit this place might meet in person this unique breed!
Cover Photo Carlos Adampol Galindo.