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Peruvian Inca Orchid


Peruvian Inca Orchid Facts

  • Group
  • Toys
  • Affiliations
  • UKC
  • Height
  • 17" - 24"
  • Weight
  • 24-40 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Various Colors
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Perro sin pelo del Peru, moonflower dog, perro flora, Inca Hairless dog.


The Peruvian Inca Orchid originated in Peru.

Date Of Origin

It is believed that this breed developed around 750 A.D.


Although there are many theories about the origin of this breed, everyone agrees that it is an old breed. The hairless dog may have arrived in South America by way of Africa or China, brought there by sailors or immigrants. There are two varieties of Peruvian Inca Orchids: hairless and coated. The coated were used as hunters while the hairless were kept by the nobility as pets and bed warmers. It is said that when the Spanish conquered Peru, they discovered the dogs among the orchid flowers and thus called them flower dogs.


This breed is a medium size dog that is well balanced and muscular. It has prick ears and almond shaped eyes, which complement the coat color. It has a long tapering tail and webbed feet. There are two varieties, caoted (powderpuff) and the hairless. The powderpuff may have a short, medium, or long coat, which may be any color or color combination. The hairless's skin color ranges from black with spots of white, cream, pink, mahogany, blue, or red to pink, cream, white, mahogany or red with spots of another color.


This is a gentle, quiet, and fastidious dog. It is intelligent, easily trained, and outgoing. It gets along with almost everyone as long as it is well socialized.


This dog is used as a hunter if it is of the coated variety, or as a companion if it is hairless. Today both variations make excellent companions.

Health Concerns

Dental problems, sun sensitivity.

Additional Information

This breed does well in the suburbs or city and makes an excellent apartment dog.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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