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The Peruvian Inca Orchid (aka Peruvian Hairless) is believed to have been around since A.D. 750 when the breed appeared in settlements of Peru.
The Inca Indians valued the hairless dogs, which were kept in the homes of nobility, among decorative Orchids, as both pets and bed warmers!
Despite this seemingly pampered background, the Peruvian Inca Orchid is a sight hound with fast legs, keen eyesight and hearing, and a high activity level, much like a Greyhound, and should be exercised daily.
This dog is also very loyal to and affectionate his family and is known to be a good guard dog. He is always wary of strangers and alert, and particularly does not like being patted on the head by someone new to him. This means the breed requires socialization with pets and people early and often.
His skin, like any person's, needs to be washed periodically, and protected from extreme weather with dog-friendly sunscreen and perhaps a coat or jacket. As in ancient times, the living quarters of the Peruvian Inca Orchid should be inside the house, not a problem for most modern pet owners.
This breed’s size can vary depending on the dog; they can either be small, medium, or large. There is no general size.
Overall, this dog is slender and elegant, showing off his speed and strength. The majority of this breed is hairless and the minority has a very short coat.
This dog breed is not recommended for beginners!
For photos of more hairless cat and dog breeds, check out our Bald is Beautiful slideshow!