A bit of a scruffy, funny looking breed at first glance, this unique looking dog breed is even older than it looks. Pre-Incan pottery indicates the dogs have been around for thousands of years. The dogs were present in Chimu, Chancay, and Incan pottery art. Interestingly, they were often considered good luck and valued as companions. The Spanish conquest of Peru nearly eliminated the breed - in some areas after the conquest, they were considered diseased and were exterminated. Today, the breed is a loveable companion and a protected canine species in Peru. They may be wary of strangers, but they are very affectionate, energetic, and loyal.
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