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Hairless Khala

Hairless Khala Dog Breed, Puppies, Grooming, Information and Life Expectancy

The Hairless Khala is a Latin American breed of hairless dogs originally from Bolivia.

They are also known by other names like Chala, Kahla, Perro K'ala and Caa Allepo.  They come in two different sizes called grande and medio and except for the length of their legs, they look quite alike. The Hairless Khala grande have long skinny legs while the medios have short legs. They have really small dome shaped heads and a long pointed muzzle with hair growth mainly on their heads and sometimes on the sides.

Their ears either stand out straight or fold downwards in a triangular shape. They have big oval eyes, a thin muscular neck and a thin long droopy tail. They usually weigh anywhere between 15-30 pounds and are between 14-20 inches long.

Hairless Khalas are usually grey in color and can occasionally be found in other shades. They do not have a coat and their skin is soft. Female Hairless Khalas can have a litter of 5-7 puppies at a time.

The Hairless Khala is considered a good family dog and adapts well with children and other pets in the family. They are also good companions to older people as they are friendly and need little maintenance. However, they prefer to remain aloof with strangers. This dog breed is usually maintenance free and they don’t require any specific training as such. However, they need to be protected from extreme weather conditions and temperatures. In summers they would require a sunscreen so that they do not get sun burned and in winters they would require dog sweaters to keep them warm. The life expectancy for this breed is 10-14 years and other than their teeth, which need a lot of care, they are quite a healthy breed.  They are not a very energetic breed and prefer short walks and play sessions. This breed of dogs generally tends to avoid confrontation mainly because they are ill-equipped for a fight, having no fur and small teeth. These dogs do well in pairs with another hairless companion in the family. They are an intelligent breed of dogs and are shy but not submissive. Grooming these dogs would generally imply an occasional bath to avoid any infections and trimming the nails. Their nails are longer than most other breeds and they tend to resist trimming. Since the Hairless Khala has hardly any hair, problems of shedding are also minimal.
  Submitted on September 5, 2011  

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