Peruvian Inca Orchid Information

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(PIO) (Moonflower Dog) (Perro Flora) (Peruvian Hairless Dog) (Al’co Calato) (Inca Hairless Dog) The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a unique looking breed.  Its rounded head has a long rectangular muzzle stretching from its face.  On that face are two small round eyes, usually dark brown in color.  On top of their head are large bat-like ears which stick straight up.  A long skinny neck leads to their broad shoulders and sunken in stomach.  Extremely skinny legs lead down to their tiny feet.  The hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid comes in a variety of colors including solid or multi-colored variations.  However, there is also a coated variety which is less common.

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The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a sweet family dog.  This dog does great with people and loves attention.  They also enjoy the company of other dogs and children.  However, they are not good around small animals because of their strong hunting instincts. 

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20 – 26 inches
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26 – 50 pounds
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General Health

The Peruvian Inca Orchid does not have many health concerns.  However, the health concerns they do have mostly come from their fragile skin and teeth.  Their skin needs to be taken care of to prevent cuts and dryness which are both common.  Their life expectancy is approximately 11-12 years.

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As the breed’s name implies, the Peruvian Inca Orchid originated in Peru.  In the 16th century, Spanish explorers visiting Peru for the first time discovered the breed living comfortably in the home of the wealthy and the noble members of the Inca civilization.  Only a handful of the dogs were brought to the U. S., so inbreeding has been a constant problem with specimens purchased in North America.  Those Spanish explorers who spotted the breed so many centuries ago brought some of them to Asia on their journeys.  A few of them were given to gifts to the leaders of China.

The name "orchid" came from the dogs being kept in the same moist environment as the Peruvians kept their Orchid flowers. The moisture kept the breeds skin from drying and helping regulate their temperature.

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For the hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid, sunscreen is required whenever they go out in the sun.  Also the use of creams or oils is important on their skin.  Precautions should be taken because their skin dries out and gets cut easily.  Bathing should be done frequently but with a gentle shampoo.  Not much exercise is needed for these dogs, but walks will be good for them as long as it is not too hot or cold.  Getting this breed a jacket is recommended because they become cold easily. 

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Ideal Environment

The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a great dog that is just not for all families.  The breed is great with all people and other dogs but is not good around small animals.  The main concern with these dogs is all the special care required.  They do well in a house or an apartment.  However, they cannot stand cold or hot temperatures and should have a jacket to stay warm.  Plus, grooming can be time consuming and meticulous.

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