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Peruvian Inca Orchid

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Peruvian Inca Orchid

The Peruvian Inca Orchid (also known as the Perro sin Pelo del Peru, Moonflower Dog and the Perro Flora) is a medium-sized, elegant sight hound breed. They have the appearance of speed, strength and stamina. The skull is slightly rounded and the muzzle has a straight nasal bone. The lips are very tight and they have a scissor bite. Missing teeth are not penalized. The nose usually compliments the coat color. The oval-shaped eyes are medium in size and range from black, to shades of brown, to yellow. The ears are medium, broad at the base, tapers to a point and are carried erect. The chest is moderately broad and deep and reaches to the elbows. The topline is straight, with a slight arch over the loin. The tail is set low, thick at the base and tapers to a point. The skin of this breed is smooth and elastic. In the hairless variety, there can be small amounts of hair on the head, legs and tail. In the coated variety, the coat is short to medium and coarse. Longer, softer hair can be found on the ears and tail. Coat colors are solid or are heavy skin spotted of all color combinations on a pink or white skin background.

Temperament The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a very soft-tempered dog. This quiet breed is easy to live with. They are reserved with strangers until they are introduced to them. They are calm, loving, sensitive and are devoted to their owners. Though they are good with other animals, they may be a bit too fragile for children. PIOs will play quietly indoors, but are quick and active outdoors. They are usually not dog aggressive and will play well with same-sex dogs that are smaller or larger. They make good watchdogs.
Height, Weight Small Height: 10-16" ; Weight: 9-18 lbs.
Medium Height: 16-20" ; Weight: 18-26 lbs.
Large Height: 20-28" ; Weight: 26-55 lbs.
Health Problems The hairless PIO can suffer from sunburn, cold temperatures and are prone to tooth loss.
Living Conditions The Peruvian Inca Orchid is hairless, flea-less and odorless, making them the perfect indoor dog. When outdoors, they should be in a securely fenced area to prevent them from chasing and running off. Keep them warm during the cool months and make sure they have plenty of shade to prevent sunburn.
Exercise This breed only needs a moderate amount of exercise. They should be walked daily and always on a leash.
Life Expectancy About 10-14+ years
Grooming The PIO needs lots of skin care. Bathe once a week to keep their skin soft and supple. This breed can sometimes get acne. Check their ears often to prevent dryness and cracked skin. Check their teeth often for signs of decay.
Origin The Peruvian Inca Orchid gets its name from the Spanish explorers who found the breed. It is said that they were bred as bed warmers by the early Indians in Peru and the powder puff version being used as hunters. The hairless dogs were often kept in the same room as their Orchids, where the humidity helped to keep the dog's skin soft and smooth. This is where one name of the breed originated. It was also believed that because they sunburned so easily, they were only let out at night and where able to roam free under the moonlight. Thus the name Moonflower Dog. The Peruvian Inca Orchid is believed to have been crossed with sight hounds brought by the conquistadors to produce the modern breed. They are also thought to be descended from the hairless dog of Mexico, the Xoloitzcuintli. Today, this breed is still used as bed warmers, companions and show ring performers. They are recognized by the FCI and the UKC, and have been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Hound, UKC Sighthound