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Peruvian Inca Orchid Puppies
Description: 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.
Other Names: Perro sin Pelo del Peru, Moonflower Dog, Perro Flora, Chien nu du Pérou, Peruanischer Nackthund, Peruvian Hairless Dog, Perunkarvatonkoira, Peruu Inca Orhideekoer, Inkade Orhideekoer, Viringo and Peruaanse Haarloze Hond
Type: Companion Dog
are 3 size classes: Small 10 - 16 inches; Medium 16 - 20 inches; Large 20
- 28 inches at the withers, females are slightly smaller than males.
colors, or heavy skin spotting of all color combinations on a pink or white
skin background. They are either hairless or powderpuff. Their colors can
be white with black, tan, blue, or red markings. They can also be red or blue
with lighter markings.
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.
Watch-dog: High. They
are generally distrusting of strangers.
Care and Exercise:
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. Peruvian Inca Orchids do not need excessive exercise, but should be
exercised regularly like any dog. Regular walks are fine.
Health Issues: 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.
Life Span: 11 - 12. Although
some have lived to as old as 16.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
Peruvian Inca Orchid
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