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Peruvian Inca Orchid

Peruvian Inca Orchid
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Origin / History As implied by the breed's name, the Peruvian Inca Orchid originated in Peru. This breed was discovered by the Spanish explorers in the homes of the Inca nobility when they came to Peru during the early 1500s. Only very few specimens of the Peruvian Inca Orchid were brought to the United States, so inbreeding has been a problem with those that are purchased in North America. The Spanish explorers who discovered this breed also brought some of these dogs with them to Asia, with a few of the specimens being given as gifts to the leaders of China. There are theories stating that this dog played a vital role in the development of the Chinese Crested breed.

In Peru, this breed is known as the "Calato", a Quechua term that means "naked". This is due to the dog's lack of hair. The full name of this breed is "Al'co Calato", meaning "naked dog".

Appearance Peruvian Inca Orchids have a rounded head with a long, rectangular muzzle. They have small, round, dark brown eyes. These dogs have large ears that are bat-like and stick straight up on top of their head. They also have a long, skinny neck leading to their broad shoulders and sunken belly. Their legs are very skinny, and they have tiny feet. These dogs are usually hairless, but there are some specimens that come with coats.

Peruvian Inca Orchid is a unique looking breed.  Its rounded head has a long rectangular muzzle stretching from its face.  On that face are two small round eyes, usually dark brown in color.  On top of their head are large bat-like ears which stick straight up.  A long skinny neck leads to their broad shoulders and sunken in stomach.  Extremely skinny legs lead down to their tiny feet.  The hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid comes in a variety of colors including solid or multi-colored variations.  However, there is also a coated variety which is less common.

Colours Hairless Peruvian Inca Orchids can be solid or multi-coloured.

Temperament As family dogs, Peruvian Inca Orchids are sweet and affectionate. They are also intelligent, calm, and quick witted. These dogs can get along well with children and other dogs. These dogs love the nighttime because they do not like the sun or the light of the day. They also have strong hunting instincts, so it's not advisable for these dogs to be left with small animals.

Height and Weight These dogs have a height of approximately 20 to 26 inches, and a weight that ranges from 26 to 50 pounds.

Common Health Problems Peruvian Inca Orchids are susceptible to teeth and skin problems.

Living Conditions These dogs can be kept inside apartments. In fact, it's best for these dogs to be kept indoors because they should be protected from the sun. They should have a sweater on during winter, and be provided with enough protection from the heat during summer.

Exercise Requirements Like other dog breeds, Peruvian Inca Orchids need to be taken out for long walks daily.

Training Requirements These dogs do not respond to harsh training methods, and it's best to train them gently and consistently. Being obedient and quick to learn, these dogs are fairly easy to train. They should also be socialized properly at an early age.

Life Expectancy These dogs can live for around 11 to 12 years when properly taken care of.

Grooming The hairless skin of these dogs need much protection from the sun. In case the dog is going to be exposed to the sun, a good sunscreen should be applied to its skin. Putting lotion on the dog's skin is also recommended. These dogs should be bathed on a regular basis with the use of a gentle soap. Owners who want to present their dogs in the show ring should scrub their dogs regularly and keep the skin soft by applying special exfoliating creams on the dog. In case the dog is not going to be shown, then it's best not to soften the skin because this makes it tear more easily.

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