Hairless dog breeds
such as the Xoloitzcuintle, Peruvian Hairless, Peruvian Inca Orchid, and
Bolivian Khala (or Kahla), are generically considered pila which simply means "without
hair”. They are the oldest known dog breeds to live with people. Most of
them were used to hunt small game, thus they have a high prey drive. They were raised as
guard dogs, for medicinal purposes, and yes, even as food. Now, we
consider them friends, companions, and family members. The Chinese
Crested Dog, another hairless breed has become a popular
companion animal in many homes. Affectionately named the “clown dog”, we
like to joke that if they had thumbs we’d all be in big trouble!
hairless dogs share similar traits; they have a hairless and coated
variety often born in the same litter, the hairless are often missing
teeth, they are naturally hardy and healthy, and they tend to recognize
and gravitate towards their own kind. Exceptions to the rule include the
American Hairless Terrier who is born with a soft downy peach fuzz that
diminishes as they reach adolescence. AHT’s do not have the same dental
deficiencies as other hairless breeds, and skin issues are rare.
Although they do sweat quite a bit!
are NOT, as many commonly believe, “hypo-allergenic”. Allergies are
caused by dander (dead skin), and saliva; both of which all dogs
produce. Very few allergies are actually caused by hair, though it is
not uncommon. Since hairless dogs require more frequent bathing, less
dander is produced, thus less irritation off allergy symptoms. You might
call them “low allergy breeds”.
Many people are disturbed by “naked dogs”. Aficionados love their bright and unique personality, charm, and unmistakeable look. We like to say they are like potato chips, you can’t have just one. This site is dedicated to these marvelous naked dogs and the people who love them. We hope that once you’ve visited, you’ll come away with a greater appreciation for them too. And perhaps, next time you pass someone walking a Chinese Crested or Xolo, you won’t ask, “Did you shave your dog?”