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Peruvian Inca Orchid Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Peruvian Inca Orchid so you can get to know the breed more.

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Peruvian Inca Orchid
OriginPeru
Other Names
What other names does the Peruvian Inca Orchid have? The dog breed also known as...
Perro Sin Pelo de Perú, Inca Hairless Dog, Viringo, Peruvian Inca Orchid Calato
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Peruvian Inca Orchid recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Miscellaneous breed.
FCI Group
Is Peruvian Inca Orchid recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Primitive type section.
Price
How much does the Peruvian Inca Orchid puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Peruvian Inca Orchid price:
$400-$600
If you choose to purchase the Peruvian Inca Orchid, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Peruvian Inca Orchid for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Peruvian Inca Orchid gets to a happy place.

Peruvian Inca Orchid History

The Peruvian Inca Orchid is considered to be one of the earliest domesticated dog breeds known to humankind. The ancient history of the breed can be told through textiles, pottery, and other ancient relics discovered by historians. The breed’s first depictions can be found in Moche pottery dating back to 750 A.D., with very specific details dedicated to the dogs, were found among other relics from the Incas, Chancay, and Chimu, all three of this tribespeople were based in Peru. The Chancay was a local Peruvian tribe, that bred and used the dogs as hairless, small companion animals, so it is no surprise that certain earthenware portrays them while wearing sweaters, just like their owners. The Chimu was also a tribe living in the same region, and they believed that the breed would serve them good luck, fortune, and health, thus they used the dogs’ warmth for treatment of respiratory conditions and for arthritis. Moreover, the Peruvian Inca Orchid’s feces and urine were also presumed to be medical treatments and were mixed into some medicines as well.

When Peru was conquered by the Spanish Conquistadors, the Peruvian Inca Orchid was crossbred with some other small dog breeds brought to Peru by the conqueror foreigners. Over the years, because of this unsupervised breeding process, three separate, distinct sized dogs developed from the original breed. However, the Andean people in the mountain regions managed to protect the breed’s original DNA pure, without any crosses and mixes. Yet, this original version of the breed did not fare well in the cities along the coastline, because of the fact that those people assumed the hairless dogs to be diseased pariahs and were often exterminated.

An American man named Jack Walklin, in 1966 visited Peru and on his way back to the United States of America, he brought eight Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs with him. Mr. Walklin is considered to be the man who gave the breed its name, and thanks to him later the breed was recognized under that name in Europe and in the United States as well. He is also credited for the fact that it was because of him, that the western world got to know the Peruvian Inca Orchid.

In 1981, Germany registered the breed with the FCI. The Kennel Club of Peru accepted the breed in 1985 and requested the FCI to change the breed’s name to Perro sin Pelo de Peru, which translates to “Peruvian Hairless Dog” in English. Just in the beginning of the 21st century, in 2001 the Peruvian government officially declared the Peruvian Inca Orchid as a National Patrimony, and thus the breed is now carefully protected throughout the country and more or less, in South America too.

Peruvian Inca Orchid General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Peruvian Inca Orchid size:
SmallLargeMedium
Weight
How much does the Peruvian Inca Orchid weigh? Peruvian Inca Orchid weight:
Small: 9–18 pounds (4–8 kg)Medium: 18–26 pounds (8–12 kg)Large: 26–55 pounds (12–25 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Peruvian Inca Orchid? Peruvian Inca Orchid average weight:
Small: 13.5 pounds (6 kg)Medium: 22 pounds (10 kg)Large: 40.5 pounds (18.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Peruvian Inca Orchid? Peruvian Inca Orchid height:
Small: 10–16 inches (25–40 cm)Medium: 16–20 inches (40–50 cm)Large: 20–26 inches (50–65 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Peruvian Inca Orchid average height:
Small: 13 inches (32.5 cm)Medium: 18 inches (45 cm)Large: 23 inches (57.5 cm)

Peruvian Inca Orchid Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Peruvian Inca Orchid have? What does this canine coat look like?
Hairless
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Peruvian Inca Orchid's coat?
BlackBrownPinkGrayTanWhite
Grooming
How to groom the Peruvian Inca Orchid and how often?
Effortless: The Peruvian Inca Orchid requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Peruvian Inca Orchid is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Perro Sin Pelo de Perú? Peruvian Inca Orchid shedding level:
Peruvian Inca Orchids shed none to minimal. Having a puppy from this breed you don't have to be afraid of your couch or car covered by dog hair. Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs could be the best choice if you don't tolerate dog hair.

Peruvian Inca Orchid Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Peruvian Inca Orchid have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AffectionateIntelligentNobleAlertLivelyProtectiveAgile
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Peruvian Inca Orchid? Are they intelligent?
Average: Peruvian Inca Orchid's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Peruvian Inca Orchids are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Peruvian Inca Orchids are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Peruvian Inca Orchid sensitivity:
Peruvian Inca Orchids don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Peruvian Inca Orchids are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Perro Sin Pelo de Perú need? Peruvian Inca Orchid social needs:
Peruvian Inca Orchids need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs bark a lot? Why does my Inca Hairless Dog bark?
Low to Average: The Peruvian Inca Orchid rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Peruvian Inca Orchid good as a watchdog?
Peruvian Inca Orchids are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Peruvian Inca Orchids will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Peruvian Inca Orchids strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Peruvian Inca Orchid bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Perro Sin Pelo de Perú? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Peruvian Inca Orchid? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Peruvian Inca Orchid has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Peruvian Inca Orchid do?
Peruvian Inca Orchids have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Peruvian Inca Orchids need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Peruvian Inca Orchid to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Peruvian Inca Orchid roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Peruvian Inca Orchid is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Peruvian Inca Orchid have high prey drive?
Peruvian Inca Orchids have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Peruvian Inca Orchids are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Peruvian Inca Orchid good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Peruvian Inca Orchids are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Peruvian Inca Orchids adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Peruvian Inca Orchids tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Peruvian Inca Orchid Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Peruvian Inca Orchids are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Peruvian Inca Orchid and children:
Peruvian Inca Orchids are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Peruvian Inca Orchids are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Peruvian Inca Orchid good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Peruvian Inca Orchids are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Peruvian Inca Orchid can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Peruvian Inca Orchids good office dogs? Do Peruvian Inca Orchids make good office friendly dogs? Can Peruvian Inca Orchids be office dogs?
No
Peruvian Inca Orchid is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Perro Sin Pelo de Perú temperament with senior people? Are Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs good for elderly owners?
Peruvian Inca Orchids are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs get along with other pets? Are Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Peruvian Inca Orchids are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Peruvian Inca Orchid breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Peruvian Inca Orchids are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Peruvian Inca Orchid be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Peruvian Inca Orchid is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Peruvian Inca Orchid be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Peruvian Inca Orchid is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Peruvian Inca Orchid be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Peruvian Inca Orchid is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Peruvian Inca Orchid be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Peruvian Inca Orchid is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Peruvian Inca Orchid be a boat dog?
Not really
Peruvian Inca Orchid breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Peruvian Inca Orchid be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Peruvian Inca Orchid is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Peruvian Inca Orchid Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs have health problems?
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Peruvian Inca Orchid breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Peruvian Inca Orchid breed? Health risks of Peruvian Inca Orchid:
Dry SkinIrritable Bowel Disease (ibd)Skin AllergiesSkin InfectionsSkin IrritationSunburn
Life Expectancy
How long do Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Peruvian Inca Orchid be?
11-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Peruvian Inca Orchid breed hypoallergenic?
Yes
Peruvian Inca Orchids do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction. However there are no 100% hypoallergenic dogs in the world, there are a variety of breeds that are considered to reduce or minimize the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Peruvian Inca Orchid have?
Peruvian Inca Orchids have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs require per day?
Peruvian Inca Orchids have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Peruvian Inca Orchids sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Peruvian Inca Orchid need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
0.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Peruvian Inca Orchid risk for obesity:
Average. The Peruvian Inca Orchid has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Peruvian Inca Orchid's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Peruvian Inca Orchid has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Peruvian Inca Orchid drool?
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Peruvian Inca Orchid could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Peruvian Inca Orchid. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Peruvian Inca Orchid Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Peruvian Inca Orchid: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Peruvian Inca Orchid have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Peruvian Inca Orchid have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Peruvian Inca Orchid Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Peruvian Inca Orchids are very easy to train.
  • Hypoallergenic: Peruvian Inca Orchids do well with allergy sufferers by causing fewer allergic reaction.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Peruvian Inca Orchid requires minimal grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Peruvian Inca Orchids shed none to minimal.
  • Drooling tendency: The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Peruvian Inca Orchids are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Peruvian Inca Orchids adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Peruvian Inca Orchids are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Peruvian Inca Orchids are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Peruvian Inca Orchids are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Mouthiness: Peruvian Inca Orchids have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Peruvian Inca Orchid is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Peruvian Inca Orchids tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Peruvian Inca Orchid is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Peruvian Inca Orchids are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Adara

    Aug 28, 2020, 8:02:50 PM:

    One of my fur babies in an PIO and I have known no creature, human or animal, more loving, adoring, and loyal than my little PIO. He is my little shadow but not overbearing in his desire for attention.

  • Odin

    May 18, 2020, 4:37:30 AM:

    The most amazing and oddly beautiful things on this planet