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Hairless Peruvian Orchid – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Medium
Weight: 26 - 50 pounds
Height: 20 - 26 inches
Longevity: 12
Bark Tendency: Medium
Aggression: Low
Compatibility to other pets: High

Adopt a Hairless Peruvian Orchid, Dog Breed Guide


The Hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid or Hairless Peruvian Orchid is one of two varieties of the Peruvian Inca Orchid dog breed. The second one is the coated variety.

Official Name

Hairless Peruvian Orchid
Other Name:
Hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid
Pero Sin Pelo de Peru
Peruvian Hairless Dog
Moonflower Dog
Perro Flora
Inca Hairless Dog
Al’co Calato


Date – 1500s
Country – Peru
Family / Group – Companion, Sighthound, Hound, Pariah

Recognized By

Fédération Cynologique Internationale
United Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
Continental Kennel Club
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
American Kennel Club – Foundation Stock Service Program


The Hairless Peruvian Orchid dog breed is not a native of Peru. They are believed to have been brought to the Southern American continent by European sailors and Asian maritime merchants. These hairless dogs are considered to be very old. The Hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid was bred by the Incan nobility as companion pets and bed warmers. It is said that when the Spaniards conquered Peru, the conquistadors discovered the dogs among the orchid flowers and thus called them flower dogs.


The Peruvian Inca Orchid dog is known to exhibit mildness. They are also known to be very calm and very choosy dogs. These Peruvian dogs are bright and known to be effortlessly trained. It gets along with almost everybody as long as it is socialized correctly.

Bred For

The Spaniards carried the Hairless Peruvian Orchid dogs to China as gifts. They are believed to be progenitors of the Chinese Crested dog breed that is also hairless.


The Hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs are good apartment pets.


Hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs are very easy to groom. They are dogs that do not require special attention to grooming. These dogs do not have hair and thus do not shed.


Hairless Peruvian Inca Orchids are very intelligent making them highly trainable.


The Hairless Peruvian Orchids are prone to sunburn and the flu. Otherwise, this hairless dog breed is considered to be very healthy!


The Hairless Peruvian Inca Orchids are dogs that should be taken on walks every day.