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Perro Calato/Calato Dog

Canis lupus familiaris L.


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.


Coastal desert

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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 9 years ago

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

AnnvanWijgerden 9 years ago

Wow, interesting dog! Interesting history!

textless 9 years ago

What a strange little guy. Interesting!

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 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 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 9 years ago


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 :-)

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Huanchaco, La Libertad, Peru

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

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