Woman Pays £2000 For Rare Hairless Dog That 'Looks Like Statue'
You've all witnessed - and most likely been freaked out by - bald Sphynx cats, but have you ever seen a hairless dog? Looking significantly friendlier than its feline counterpart, a video has emerged of a rare hairless pup that looks just like an ancient Egyptian statue. Check it out below:
Full time dog rescue volunteer Wendy Scarborough claims onlookers are so surprised by her new pet Fable's incredible appearance, they mistake her for a stone sculpture.
The 48-year-old from North Carolina, US, has been inundated with questions from curious canine fans ever since taking on the Peruvian Hairless Dog.
"We get told Fable looks like a statue a lot," she said.
"Every time I go out with her I'm stopped at least five times and everybody says the same thing.
"They all ask, 'What type of dog is that? I've never seen an animal like that, she doesn't look real,' and 'What does she feel like?'
"Everyone wants to touch her and understand her origin.
"They say she looks like an Egyptian statue and a lot of people refer to her as Anubis, the famous Egyptian god of mummification."
Wendy became interested in adopting the rare breed after becoming enchanted by their statuesque physique and 'expressionless' faces, finally getting her wish last May when she had Fable flown 3,115 miles from Peru.
"Fable has such an expressionless face but she's actually a very expressive dog when you get to know her," she added.
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"She is so unique, even though she's mine I take her home and I look at her and I'm fascinated by her.
"Peruvian Hairless Dogs' demeanour is very different to other dogs. They are very aloof with strangers, when Fable sees other dogs and their walkers she will stand still and often fixate on them.
"She's actually very silly and playful with me, she's definitely not a statue at home.
"But people probably can't imagine that when they see her looking so statuesque."
Fable joins Wendy and her husband Michael's ever-growing family of 16 dogs, having amassed the pack while volunteering for Sighthound Underground dog rescue centre for six years.
During her time, she's built up quite the eclectic mix of canines, including five Spanish podencos, two galgos, a golden retriever, a husky, a labrador, a lurcher and a Persian saluki.
But of all her furry friends, Fable has been the most difficult to source, with the breed falling into the brink of extinction in the early 1990s.
After finding a breeder in Peru, Wendy paid a total of £1,935 to get Fable over to her new forever family.
"There are very few breeders in the world now and there's very few litters a year of Peruvian dogs," Wendy explained.
"I tried for many years to get a Peruvian hairless in rescue but they are extremely hard to come by."
"All of my dogs are like family members, they are like another set of children to me, I can't imagine my life without them, but Fable is by far one of the most fascinating."
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