New prospects for the coated variety—
“Russian breeders are trying to keep this wonderful breed alive.”
Lucy Nikitochkina lives in the Russian capital, Moscow, and is the current President of the “Peruvian Hairless Dog” National Club (Национальный клуб породы “перуанская голая собака” — НКП перуанская голая собака), founded in February 2010 with the main goal protecting and promoting this breed.
She tells us: “Our club is not big but its members are true enthusiasts of this breed. It’s made up of a team of friends who work together, and the Peruvian Hairless Dogs are the main members of that great family.”
In addition, since 1995, she and Olga, her mother, run a kennel of this breed called Van Edelsieger. Their kennel has received awards in the last European canine championships of 2016 and 2017 as the best Peruvian Hairless Dog kennel. In it, they not only dedicate themselves to the health of their dogs through health exams (eye, DNA, heart exams, etc.) but also through physical activities (swimming and general training) that ensure their dogs are in optimal health and physical condition, so the happy family that chooses them will be able to enjoy their company for a long time.
Both, mother and daughter, are passionate about national and international canine competitions. It is there where one can witness the progress of their work because the awards obtained in competition demonstrate their effort in the selection and breeding of their dogs.
“But we’re just barely at the beginning of a long road to travel in the breeding of the coated variety,” says Lucy.
Russia, a nation with over 142 million inhabitants, has more than 15 million pet dogs. Of those, today, 250 are Peruvian Hairless Dogs, and this number continues to grow. Russia has 5 Hairless Dogs kennels. Moreover, it has a national club that promotes activities in favor of this breed. Lastly, all Russian Peruvian Hairless Dog kennels have both varieties: hairless and coated. (http://www.fci.be/es/statistics/ByNco.aspx?iso=RU)
“I was very interested in understanding why Peruvian Hairless Dogs have no hair,” says Lucy. “I studied about the FOXI3 gene, which is responsible for the lack of hair. I knew Peruvian Hairless Dogs had a coated variety. My first coated dog was born before the August 13, 2013 standard, which is why I didn’t include her in the breeding program. She was born in my kennel. Her name is Avrora Astra Eos van Edelsieger—at home we call her Avrora. Avrora taught me coated dogs are even sweeter than naked ones. Unfortunately, I had to sell her as a pet and she has no offspring. But after the new standard came into effect I understood I had to include the furry ones in my breeding program. Currently, I have some I’ll use for breeding who are also successfully participating in dog shows.”
FCI – Standard-FCI N° 310: “The recognition of the coated variety, for show and for breeding, favours the expansion of genetic variability, improving the breed’s strength and attracts new breeders.”
FCI – Standard-FCI N° 310: “… Disdained from any breeding program, its current recognition in the light of developments in the study of its genome emphasizes the genetic value of the breed and contributes to its development and preservation. The recognition of the coated variety, for show and for breeding, favours the expansion of genetic variability, improving the breed’s strength and attracts new breeders. Initially to be registered, the coated variety must be the product of two hairless dogs duly registered in a stud book or breeding record. The coated variety can only be mated to a hairless specimen of the breed and subsequently also for generations to come. The mating between coated specimens is banned, just like the registrations of these in any studbooks without duly registered parents.”
Lucy tells us the challenge of the coated variety issues from the fact that, by definition, the breed is best known for its hairless specimens—which are, in themselves, already rather exotic. Many canine judges do not know the breed very well and, when they see a dog of the same breed that is furry, they are impressed. This, however, does not discourage Russian breeders, whose sole objective is to show the world how beautiful this variety is.
“Hloris Flora van Edelsieger,” Lucy says, “—we call her Flora. Flora is a little dog with sandy hair, small size (measures 33 cm.), and has a nice type. Flora won in her class at the 2017 Euro Dog Show and the 2017 World Dog Show. Flora is very successful and is making an excellent campaign for the recognition of her variety. In addition, she has won first place along with the hairless variety, which is a great success.”
“At the 2017 World Dog Show in Leipzig–Germany,” Lucy continues, “even more coated dogs participated [5 coated ones and 67 hairless, for a total of 72 Peruvian dogs (https://www.wds2017.de/fileadmin/media/wds/meldestatistik/Statistic_of_entries_WDS_2017.pdf) and, as always, I thought that the coated variety is a detector of the line preferred by a certain kennel. In fact, this variety helps improve the Hairless Dog, while dogs without hair, don’t. If you look closely at the coated dog you’ll understand: some coated dogs look more like other breeds rather than the Peruvian Hairless Dog. And I like the line of coated dogs because they resemble my own image of the ideal Peruvian Hairless Dog.
“Some time ago,” Lucy continues, “the European breeders and I discussed the fact that now there are more and more coated dogs being born. Regrettably, in Russia some coated dogs were sacrificed before this variety was recognized as an official breed. I believe some European breeders sacrificed coated dogs, too. I think the recognition of the coated variety gave [these dogs] the opportunity to live. Our breed is unique and we mustn’t lose the genetic contribution coated dogs when bred. I really hope the Coated Peruvian Hairless Dog becomes even more well known in my country. Our country is very big and this breed (both hairless and coated) could make many people happy. It’s a very affectionate breed that gives more love and happiness to its owners. Now, several excellent actual Peruvian specimens
have been imported into Russia. I’ve met some people who’re simply in love with the breed and who help us at the kennel. They’re now part of our family of breeders. And the quality of the dogs being born in Russia is today much better than in the past. Russian breeders are trying to keep this wonderful breed alive.”
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