Hairless and Coated

his breed has been known in Peru since 750 A.D. The Inca Indians valued the dogs, with the nobility keeping the hairless dogs as pets and bed warmers, while the coated dogs were used for hunting. The Spanish conquerors named the dog Perros Flora, or flower dog.

These dogs stand 17 to 24 inches tall and usually weigh between 24 and 40 pounds. This breed is an elegant sighthound, with a tapered head and medium-sized eyes. The hairless dogs have upright ears, while the coated dogs have folded ears. Hairless dogs may be missing some teeth, but coated dogs should have all their teeth. The body is strong but light with a runner's deep but narrow chest. The tail is long. The hairless dogs may have some fuzz on the forehead, lower tail, and feet. The coated dogs may have a short to medium-length single coat with feathering on the ears and tail. Colors include rose, gold, tan, black, and blue with or without white or pink markings.

The hairless variety may need sunscreen when outside; discuss this requirement with the dog's breeder. The coated dogs need weekly brushing.

These are playful dogs who enjoy interacting with their owners. Although not overly active, they do like walks, a chance to play, and time outside in good weather. They must be protected in cold climates.

Peruvian Inca Orchids are easily trained as long as the training is not overly harsh. They are bright and enjoy a challenge; training should continue into adulthood to keep the mind busy. They do well in trick training, and many serve as wonderful therapy dogs. This breed can be quite reserved with strangers, so early socialization is very important.

This is a very clean dog who hates to be dirty or wet; many clean themselves like cats. Although wary of strangers, these dogs are usually quiet and rarely aggressive. They will tolerate children but do not like rough handling. The primary health concerns include a sensitivity to sun and missing teeth, both in the hairless variety.

Breed in Brief

Registries: AKC FSS, UKC Occupation: Hunter, companion Size: 17 to 24 in tall; 24 to 40 lbs

Longevity: 12 to 14 years Exercise: Moderate Training: Easy to moderate Grooming: Easy

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