Our canine pals come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They’re also sporting a variety of hairstyles. Of course, a few pooches have no fur at all. One of the most beloved bald dogs has to be the Peruvian Hairless Dog. Once kept by the Incas, this lovable pooch is now a cherished Peruvian icon. A local Roanoke, VA vet offers some information about this unique pup below.
Dogs without fur tend to give off a lot of body heat. Therefore, Fido often doubles as a living, tail wagging hot-water bottle, keeping his humans warm at night. (This can also be helpful for people with chronic pain.) These pups tend to be very smart and lively. They are very loving with their families, and are known to be protective of women and children. However, they can be a bit aloof with strangers. They prefer to be with their humans and/or other dogs, and don’t much care for being alone. The Inca Orchid is also very smart, and needs lots of playtime and mental stimulation to thrive.
Hairless dogs do have a few specific care needs. They are very sensitive to temperature extremes. When it’s sunny out, Fido is at risk of getting sunburned. When it’s cold, he’ll get chilly quickly, and will need a sweater or jacket to keep him warm. You will also need to keep your canine pal’s skin clean. You may find it best to use a pure oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil, as your not-furry friend will be quite sensitive to chemicals. You may also need to care for your pup’s ears, as they may get dry and cracked.
There are a few distinct advantages to having a hairless dog. First and foremost, you don’t need to worry about fleas. They also tend to be good matches for people with allergies. Another bonus? You won’t need to worry about finding fur everywhere. Fido also looks pretty adorable in his little wardrobe!
Like any other breed, Fido may be prone to developing certain issues. Some common problems we see in these dogs would include skin lesions, strokes, seizures, and gastrointestinal issues, particularly inflammatory bowel disease. Do some research, and ask your vet for care tips.
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