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Perro Calato/Calato Dog

Canis lupus familiaris L.

Description:

These dogs are part of ancient desert race of Peru. They have found remains dating back to 300 A.D. They are believed to be used medicinally because they have a corporal body temperature 3 degrees higher than humans. They may have been used to alleviate rhumatism or other muscular difficulties that could be solved by having the dog "rest" on the affected area.

Habitat:

Coastal desert

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10 Comments

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 9 years ago

They do look similar Lori. Thanks textless...they are quite amazing. thanks ann. Cherrey-no te precupes son bastante amables!!!

iamcherreymaiya
iamcherreymaiya 9 years ago

strange looking indeed.. i'm kind of scared with a dog that would look something like this..

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 9 years ago

Wow, interesting dog! Interesting history!

textless
textless 9 years ago

What a strange little guy. Interesting!

lori.tas
lori.tas 9 years ago

Very similar to the Xoloitzcuintle of Mexico. Apparently there used to be a larger version of the Xolo, that was keep for it's meat.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 9 years ago

They are pets. Should I make the change from pet to mammal?

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

I like these doggies too..and I am sure they love their job of sitting on someone for a while and sleep :-)
I think is interesting to show it not as pet because not many people knows this dog breed.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Now that you mention it marta it does seem funny. I think this race might have been voted as the ugliest of all of them. However, I find them quite interesting and cute. Because of their antiguity the almost don't fall into the pet category.

ulvalactuca77
ulvalactuca77 9 years ago

lol

The MnMs
The MnMs 9 years ago

Wow! is a dog pillow! like these thermic pillows that one uses for back or neck pain. Just put the dog on the affected area for a while..LOL! (I´m sure it works, seriously :-)

LarryGraziano
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LarryGraziano

Huanchaco, La Libertad, Peru

Spotted on Jun 4, 2011
Submitted on Nov 10, 2011

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