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Peruvian Inca Orchid – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

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

Adopt a Peruvian Inca Orchid, Dog Breed Guide


There are two varieties of the Peruvian Inca Orchid dog breed. These are the Hairless Inca Orchid and the Coated Inca Orchid.

Official Name

Peruvian Inca Orchid
The official name of this breed in its native country is Pero Sin Pelo de Peru.


Date – 1500s
Country – Peru
Family / Group – Companion, Sight hound, 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


Many theories about the birth of the Peruvian Inca Orchid as breed are known. Everyone agrees that it is a very old breed. This hairless dog breed is believed to have arrived in South America by way of Africa or China. They were believed to have been brought to Peru by sailors and immigrants. There are two varieties of The Peruvian Inca Orchid dog breed: the Hairless and the Coated varieties. The coated were bred as hunters while the hairless were bred by the nobility as companion pets and bed warmers. It is said that when the Spanish 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 display gentleness. They are also known to be very quiet and very fastidious dogs. These Peruvian dogs are intelligent and known to be easily trained. It gets along with almost everyone as long as it is socialized properly.

Bred For

Spaniard explorers carried the dogs to China as gifts, and they may be the origin of the Chinese Crested breed.


The Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs are good apartment pets. They are naturally sight hounds and are recommended to live in homes that have a well fenced yard.


Peruvian Inca Orchid dogs are very easy to groom. The Hairless variety of this breed requires special attention the sun and cold temperatures. The Hairless type does not shed and is also suited for people with allergies. The Coated variety requires little to no grooming attention to their coats. They are dogs that shed in very little amounts.


The two varieties of the Peruvian Inca Orchids are very intelligent making them highly trainable.


There are no known alarming medical conditions plaguing the Peruvian Inca Orchids. These dogs are generally healthy. The Hairless Peruvian Orchids are prone to sunburn and the flu.


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