We have probably all seen the interesting dog breeds that are labeled as the hairless breeds. Some would call them disgusting; some would call them strange, but more often than not the reactions are due to a lack of knowledge. What do we really know about the naked dog breeds? For years, scientists have believed that the hairless dog breeds originate from Africa and Asia. However there is not much evidence to back up this theory. One theory states that the Chinese Crested – one of the better known of the hairless breeds- originated in Africa and then moved onto Asia. So how did most of the hairless breeds end up in Latin America? Well scientists believe that all the hairless breeds in Latin America are descendents of the Chinese Crested that were brought to the continent in pre-Columbian times. Their popularity rose, as the Inca’s found that the naked, furless bodies were good for rheumatoid complaints. Much like a hot-water bottle!The hairlessness is due to a dominant gene. It is enough to have even one such gene to be totally naked!! Thus this trait is hard to outwit with human intervention, since it is enough for a dog to pass on only one gene, for the offspring to be hairless. It becomes easier to understand how these breeds can develop in distant areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America under these circumstances. There is only one hairless breed that needs two genes for hairlessness to occur. That is the American Hairless Terrier.
So which are the other 8 dogs that fall under the hairless category? Well…the most well-known is the Chinese Crested. This dog includes two varieties; namely the totally naked one and the one with a bit of fur, which is called a “Powder Puff”. They are hairless except for the tufts of hair on the head (crest), feet (socks ) and tail (plume). The “Manchurian Candidate” of the hairless breed is called the Manchurian Hairless and it is a cousin of the Chinese Crested…from the Northern Regions of China. The Hairless Khala is a Bolivian dog whose name means: “Without Clothes”. The Peruvian Inca Orchid, which is also called the Moonflower dog, the Inca Moonflower Dog or the Inca Orchid dog was bred for nutritional purposes for the Ancient Peruvians. (Yes…well…quite sad, isn’t it?) The Peruvian Hairless is considered to be the same dog breed as the Peruvian Inca Orchid except its skin is much darker. The Ecuadorian Hairless dog is the rarest of all the hairless breeds and also the most naked. It has long legs and a golden skinned body. Last but not least, the two strangest dogs are showcased. If you can pronounce their names, I take my hat off to you. The one is the: Xoloitzcuintle (a.k.a Mexican Hairless) and the Tepeitzcuintli. The Xoloitzcuintle is pronounced: sholo-its-quintli and means “Slave”. It is often nicknamed Xolo, for convenience. The Tepeitzcuintli is the same dog as the Xolo, but the miniature version. The Xolo comes in 3 sizes. Namely: Standard, Mini and Toy. The Afrian Hairless is the only hairless dog from Affrica.
Whatever your views on these rare and hairless dogs, you can’t deny that they are unique. Euro Puppy is proud to be able to offer Chinese Crested Puppies at times. On top of it all, they are odorless, flea-less and ideal for allergy sufferers since they are hypoallergenic as well. True wonders of nature, they are! So what do they look like? Well…..follow me and I will lead you through the naked gallery….let’s take a look…..
The Chinese Crested:
The Hairless Khala:
The Peruvian Inca Orchid:
The Peruvian Hairless:
The Ecuadorian Hairless
The African Hairless:
On 23 June 2007,Elwood, a two-year-old Chinese Crested and Chihuahua mix, was crowned the world’s ugliest dog. Elwood, dark coloured and hairless – save for a mohawk-like puff of white fur on his head – is often referred to as Yoda or ET, for his resemblance to those famous science fiction characters. He was placed second last year. Most of the competing canines were also Chinese Crested, a breed that features a mohawk, bug eyes and a long, wagging tongue. Beyond the regal title of ugliest dog, Elwood also earned a $US1000 reward for his owner.
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Had Li’l Sam not gone to Doggy Heaven, surely, the previous three-time world champion, a 14-year-old Chinese Crested would have won again. Li’l Sam passed away shortly after last year’s contest. He was 14yrs old ( x7 = 98 human years! ). His appearance created a lot of controversy but he maintained his regular crowd of admirers and haters. In all fairness to Li’l Sam, how do you think you would look when you are 98 years old and naked?? Not any better than this – I’m sure…. R.I.P Li’l Sam.
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