Peruvian Inca Orchid

Peruvian Inca Orchid At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC Breed Group: Miscellaneous Other Registries: AKC (Miscellaneous); ANKC (Non Sporting); FCI (Spitz and Primitive); UKC (Sighthound & Pariah)


Small, Medium, and Large. Small: 9–17.5 lbs; Medium: 17.5–26.5 lbs; Large: 26.5–55 lbs Height: Small: 9.75–15.75 inches; Medium: 15.5–19.75 inches; Large: 19.5–25.75 inches


Has two varieties: coated and hairless.


Black, Slate Black, Elephant Black, Bluish Black, Scale of Greys from Dark Brown to Light Blond; Black, Brown, Gray, Pink, Tan, White; Black, Blue, Chocolate, Gold, Gray, Mahogany, Rose, Tan, White markings

Life Span:

11 to 13 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

The hairless variety of this breed needs sunscreen applied on their skin to prevent skin issues.

Peruvian Inca Orchid Overview

The Peruvian Inca Orchid is one of the oldest dog breeds known to man and is considered the Sphinx of the dog world.  The dogs were usually dressed in ceremonial clothing and held in high regard by the Incan civilization.  They’re also loved for the companionship and usability as bed warmers.  There are two coat varieties including hairless and coated which can be found in the same litter.


Peruvian Inca Orchid Characteristics

The breed features a look similar to that of the Chinese Crested with its sparsely haired coat.  The breed is also held in high regard and has a clean and elegant look.  They are friendly and affectionate and make loyal companions to their owners.


Welsh Terrier

Peruvian Inca Orchid Temperament

Proper socialization is needed to keep the breed from becoming aloof and wary of strangers.  They’re very curious and kind and are happiest being close to the family and being a part of their daily activities.  If not properly socialized they can become nervous, scared, and wary of anything new.


Peruvian Inca Orchid Care

The breed lifespan is 11 to 13 years, typical for dogs their size.  Health concerns include dental problems and skin issues due to their sparse coat.  They may also be prone to sunburn as well as allergies if the code is not properly taken care of.  Good veterinary care is key to a long and healthy life.


Peruvian Inca Orchid Coat

The hairless variety should always a sunscreen applied to prevent skin issues.  The skin may also need to be oil occasionally in order to prevent drying out.  The coated variety is non-shedding but should still be brushed daily to keep its coat in peak condition.


Peruvian Inca Orchid Training

These dogs are intelligent and learn quickly the rules of the house.  Their calm manner and quiet nature make them great house pets and they will easily pick up any tasks asked of them.  Socialization, however, is important to keep them happy and unafraid of strangers and new situations.


Peruvian Inca Orchid Activity

Not a lot of exercise is needed for this breed, however, regular activity is important to keep them in shape.  They also benefit from mental stimulation and enjoy activities with their family.  However, care should be taken to protect their skin when active outdoors.

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