Peruvians are very proud of their “Peruvian Hairless Dog” but man, those dogs are UGLY!
Still, I suppose one could come to love an animal like that if it were exceedingly loyal and playful and all that good stuff. Apparently these are pretty good dogs, you don’t have to worry about them going all psycho and getting all grumpy (like English bulldogs are prone to do).
There are a lot of urban legends that float around regarding these animals. One is that their body temperature is like 150 degrees (not true…can mammals even HAVE a temperature that high?). But apparently, because people believe that these dogs are extremely warm, they use them as portable heaters in the mountain regions and stuff.
The portable heater thing makes sense I suppose, after all, the dog is hairless, so you can have him jump into your bed and sleep on your toes and it’s going to keep your feet warm…and there won’t be a bunch of nasty hairs in the bed in the morning. They’re probably cheaper than an electrical heater and more effective (especially if there is no electricity in your little hut). All you have to do is feed them your toe nail clippings and they’re off and running for weeks at a time (yeah, I made up that part about them living on toe nail clippings…but shouldn’t SOME animal be able to live on toe nail clippings…why aren’t scientists working on THAT?).
I like the fact that you always see these Peruvian Hairless Dogs with jackets on like the one above. That’s how you know somebody cares about that animal. And think about this guys, if Peruvian women have the patience to make sure their DOG is well dressed, just imagine how well they’ll pamper you! My wife always says, “if I don’t take care of him (him being me) then who will?” and she’s right because I’m certainly not going to take care of myself.
Oh, and as a side note, do you remember when Obama got elected and they were making this cute news story about how they were looking for a dog? Well, Peru jumped all over that and sent them a Peruvian Hairless….hahaha! I would have liked to have been there when the Obamas opened the box and THAT jumped out.
You know how the Obamas are always trying to be politically correct and polite and everything, just imagine when they got their Peruvian Hairless…the pride of Peru…and they suddenly had to deal with the impossible situation of returning the thing without causing some sort of national incident.
Before you write me, yes, I’m sure that a Peruvian Hairless is a wonderful animal that I would truly love to have as a pet. But judging a book by its cover here…those critters are just plain ugly…there’s no escaping that folks.