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Peruvian Inca Orchid

Also known as: Moonflower Dog, Peruvian Hairless Dog

Breed origin: Peru

AKC recognized: No
AKC group: Foundation Stock Service

Size: Height: males 18 to 22 inches; females 17 to 21 inches
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Color: Any skin and coat color combination. The majority of hairless dogs have black skin with pink spotting.

General characteristics/temperament: The Peruvian Inca Orchid is calm, quiet, intelligent, independent, agile, and alert. They are typically affectionate with family but wary of strangers, and are lively and friendly with other dogs. They are fast and agile, but do not tolerate extreme temperatures.

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Hypoallergenic? Usually considered good for allergy sufferers.

OK for inexperienced owners? No

Suitable canine sports/activities: lure coursing

Grooming requirement: The skin of the hairless variety should be washed periodically to remove dirt and prevent clogging of pores. Moisturizing cream might be needed if the skin becomes too dry. Light-skinned dogs may require sun-block to prevent sunburn.

Known health problems: Inflammatory bowel disease, epilepsy, stroke, skin problems, sensitivity to insecticides and toxins, hairless variety often have missing teeth.

Additional photos of Peruvian Inca Orchid

Recommended books for further reading:

Hairless Dogs - The Naked Truth (The Chinese Crested, Xoloitzcuintli & Peruvian Inca Orchid)
By Kelly Rhae and Amy Fernandez
Published in 1999
276 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Peruvian Inca Orchid Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page

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