Origin and History of the Peruvian Hairless Dog

The Peruvian Hairless Dog is registered as an archetype dog in the FCI standard. This section includes dog breeds that have hardly changed over the centuries and that mostly differ in character from younger dog breeds.

Ancestors of the Viringos lived in present-day Peru more than 2000 years ago and are depicted on clay pots of the time. However, they enjoyed their highest reputation in the Inca Empire, where hairless dogs were revered and admired. Spanish conquerors first saw the dogs in the orchid fields of the Incas, which is why the breed is also known as the “Peruvian Inca Orchid”.

Peruvian hairless dogs almost became extinct under the new rulers, but they survived in remote villages where they continued to be bred.

The Viringo has been officially recognized by the FCI since 1985. In his home country of Peru, he enjoys a very high reputation and has been a Peruvian cultural heritage since 2001.

How much does a Peruvian Hairless Dog cost?

The Peruvian Hairless Dog is a very rare breed of dog. Especially in Europe there are only a few breeders. As a result, the price of a Viringo puppy will rarely be less than 1000 euros. The hairy specimens can be more affordable.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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