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Peruvian Inca Orchid

BREED GROUP: Miscellaneous Class
WEIGHT: 9 to 55 lbs
HEIGHT: 10 to 28 inches
COLOR(S): White with black, blue, tan, or red.
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Very much like the sight hound, Peruvian Inca Orchids love to run. They are an elegant and slim dog, whose aspect expresses speed, strength and harmony without ever appearing coarse. The Peruvian Inca Orchid was bred as bed warmers by the early Indians in Peru, with the powderpuff version being used as hunters. They were often kept in the same room as their orchids where the humidity helped to preserve their silky smooth skin, thus leading to their name. Although their temperatures are the same as other breeds, the lack of hair makes them feel warmer to the touch - perhaps giving rise to the phrase 'three dog night' as a term for cold evenings. Peruvian Inca Orchids are an extremely devoted to their family, and they can be very wary of strangers. They are clowns who love to entertain and spend time with their families. They are lively, very intelligent, and are quick to obey. This breed is sensitive, however, and does not need much correction. It will likely wilt at a raised voice. The Peruvian Inca Orchid is affectionate, loving and loyal. Unfortunately, this breed suffers from a range of health problems associated with their hairlessness. The powederpuff versions of the breed are kept in the genes in order to prevent more health problems. Hairless Inca Orchid Dogs can suffer from sunburn, cold temperatures, and dental problems such as losing teeth. They are fragile dogs, but they are very friendly and get along with most anyone.


Peruvian Inca Orchids are a very soft tempered dog. They are quiet and easy to live with, reserved with strangers until they can evaluate the situation. They are calm, sensitive, and loving. They remain devoted to their owners, and are willing to please. Most are easily obedient, highly intelligent, and good with other animals. They are a bit fragile for children, unless the children are well behaved. Inca Orchid Dogs are outgoing in play, quiet in the house, but fastidious. They are affectionate, noble, and loyal. They can also be very agile, alert, and quick.


Peruvian Inca Orchids can be hairless or coated. Coated variety ranges from Doberman length to almost as long as a Collie's fur. It can be short, medium or long. Skin care is a must for the hairless variety, once weekly bathing will keep their skin soft and supple. The furless versions do not have fleas, are usually clean, and are easy to clean. Sometimes this breed can get acne. The ears should have regular attention, as they can become dry and cracked easily.


Because of their naked condition these dogs sunburn easily and get cold quickly. The hairless variety lacks premolars and may be toothless at maturity, of which will need veterinary attention.


Peruvian Inca Orchids do not need excessive exercise, but should be exercised regularly like any dog. Regular walks are fine.


Because of their sensitive nature, corrections are not required very often when training. It is very important to begin socialization as puppies in order to ensure that they get along with other pets and people in the future.

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