Peruvian Inca Orchid
The Peruvian Inca Orchid, or Peruvian Hairless Dog, has a life expectancy of 11 to 13 years.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is an ancient breed, first found depicted on Moche pottery dating back to 750 A.D. The Peruvian Inca Orchid was a beloved pet during the Inca Empire and was believed to have medicinal powers.
Although the Peruvian Inca Orchid is most often associated with Peru, the true origins of the breed are a source of mystery. One theory suggests the dogs came to South America with Asian travelers crossing the Bering Strait while others claim they came from Africa.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is classified as small, medium or large depending on their size. The small Peruvian Inca Orchid weighs 8.5 to 17.5 pounds and measures 9¾ to 15¾ inches. The medium Peruvian Inca Orchid weighs 17.5 to 26.5 pounds and measures 15¾ to 19¾ inches and the large Peruvian Inca Orchid weighs 26.5 to 55 pounds and measures 19¾ to 25¾ inches.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid can be hairless or coated. The hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid has smooth skin that should be wiped clean with a damp cloth every few days and regularly moisturized. The hairless variety also needs extra care when taken outside. When the sun is shining, the hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid needs sunscreen applied and when the cold sets in, the hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid needs a sweater or other clothing to help keep them warm.
The coated Peruvian Inca Orchid has a curly, wavy or straight coat that sheds minimally. The coated Peruvian Inca Orchid should be brushed weekly and bathed occasionally.
Like all dogs, both varieties of the Peruvian Inca Orchid need basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is reserved and devoted.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a noble and peaceful breed that comes alive when something or someone arouses their suspicion. The Peruvian Inca Orchid is alert and protective of their family, and therefore naturally wary of strange people and situations. They can make good watchdogs, but need socialization to prevent them from becoming skittish or shy.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is affectionate, but not overly so, with their family and those they know. They form a close bond with their loved ones and are deeply loyal to them. Once Peruvian Inca Orchids come to know and adore someone, they become quite lively around them and even a bit clownish.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is intelligent, although stubborn and independent. The Peruvian Inca Orchid needs a firm, but gentle leader and plenty of praise. They also tend to bore easily and respond best to short, varied training sessions. Once they understand the basics, Peruvian Inca Orchids can go on to participate in lure coursing, rally and agility.
As part of their training, Peruvian Inca Orchids also needs lots of early and ongoing socialization. They can be shy and aloof around new people and hesitant of new situations if not well socialized.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is active and athletic, and requires regular exercise. The Peruvian Inca Orchid needs a long daily walk as well as time outside in a secure area to run around and play.