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Peruvian Inca Orchid : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Peruvian Inca Orchid Ratings: - Ease of Training: 6 /10 - Intelligence: 7 /10 - Shedding: 1 /10 - Watchdog: 8 /10 - Guard Dog: 2 /10 - Popularity: 2 /10 - Size: 4 /10 - Agility: 9 /10 - Good with Kids: 10 /10 Peruvian Inca Orchid Attributes: Life ... Peruvian Inca Orchid


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Peruvian Inca Orchid

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Peruvian Inca Orchid

Peruvian Inca Orchid Ratings:

- Ease of Training: 6/10
- Intelligence: 7/10
- Shedding: 1/10
- Watchdog: 8/10
- Guard Dog: 2/10
- Popularity: 2/10
- Size: 4/10
- Agility: 9/10
- Good with Kids: 10/10

Peruvian Inca Orchid Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 11-12 years
Litter Size: 2-4 puppies
Group: Miscellaneous Class
Recognized By: AKC, FCI, UKC, NKC, CKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR
Color: White with black, blue, tan red; solid or spotted.
Hair Length: Short / No Hair
Size: There is 3 Sizes (Small/Medium/Large) but in general they are Small to Medium
Shedding: Does Not Shed
Male Height: Small: 10-16 inch.(25-40 cm); Medium: 16-20 (40-50 cm); Large: 20-28 inch. (50-65 cm)
Male Weight: Small: 9-18lbs (4-8 kg); Medium: 18-26lbs (8-12 kg); Large: 26-55 lbs (12-25 kg)
Female Height: Small: 10-16 inch.(25-40 cm); Medium: 16-20 (40-50 cm); Large: 20-28 inch. (50-65 cm)
Female Weight: Small: 9-18lbs (4-8 kg); Medium: 18-26lbs (8-12 kg); Large: 26-55 lbs (12-25 kg)
Living Area:
The Peruvian Inca Orchids will do ok in an apartment. A fenced in yard is recommended as the Peruvian Inca Orchid is a sighthound and may take off chasing a small animal at anytime. This breed should live indoors and be protected from the elements. The PIO sunburn very quickly. They should have a sweater in the winter and kept at a comfortable temperature in the summer. Keep in mind they do not have hair to protect them from the weather and are basically naked.
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Complete information about Peruvian Inca Orchid Breed:


Overview :

The Peruvian Inca Orchid dog resembles a deer both in structure and in gait. These dogs belong to the sighthound family. They hunt by sight. There are actually two types of PIOs – the hairless and the coated (powder puff) varieties. Both dogs can be born in the same litter. Parents that are both coated would produce a coated puppy. Hairless pups as well as coated ones are produced if one or both parents are hairless. The coated or the powder puff variety is quite rare and disqualified from conformation showing. These dogs are mainly used for breeding purposes. Breeders wanted to improve the skin and teeth problems that afflict the hairless variety. The Incas were known to practice selective breeding. Brother and sister marriages are practiced by this race to ensure purity and consistency of genetic characteristics. This practice is carried over to the breeding of their dogs to produce dogs of pale hues. Lighter skin toned dogs are move valued. These light colored dogs however need to be protected from the rays of the sun not only to prevent blisters and sun burns but more importantly to avoid the possible development of skin cancers. Dark skins furnish protection from the harmful rays of the sun. Dark skinned hairless PIOs are considered daytime dogs as unlike the light skinned ones they can roam the streets even during daytime. The light skinned hairless variety is very sensitive to light. The dog would continuously squint if exposed to bright lights. PIOs do not like the lights of day; they abhor the rays of the sun. Because of their hairless condition they are sunburned and blister easily. These dogs would stay quiet and passive indoors all days but when night time comes the dogs would party! These dogs would roam the streets of the city under the moonlight thus gaining the name “Moonflower” dogs. The Peruvian Inca Orchid dog’s origin is quite obscure. The breed is speculated to have existed since 750 AD. However PIOs were not recognized in its land of origin until in 1980s. In 2001 The Peruvian Inca Orchid dog was recognized by the Peruvian government and given the national heritage status. As aforementioned the PIO comes in the coated and the hairless varieties. The hairless though are more preferred. Peruvian Hairless dogs come in three sizes: the small which stands 10 to 16 inches, the medium which are 16 to 20 inches and the grande or the large that are known to measure from 20 to 26 inches tall. Skin colors would range from elephant gray, copper and chocolate brown. Some dogs are mottled, others have one distinct color and a number of dogs would have pink spots. Eye color would depend on the color of the skin. Hairless PIOs have wrinkled lips. The candle flame shaped erect leathery ears are at times covered with wisps of hair. Some dogs would also grow crew cut hair on top of the head. Skin is pliable and soft. The hairless variety lack premolars and most of these dogs would become toothless in maturity. Coated PIO’s hair is at times the same as a Doberman’s in length. Some powder puff PIOs would have longish hair similar to that of a Collie’s. The most common color is white with variedly colored and shaped patches. This hairy version of the PIO breed has rose ears. Because of the dense hair covering, the ears are not pricked. The coated variety has full dentition. Both the hairless and the coated Peruvian Inca Orchids are lithe with light boned and well muscled bodies. Both have long tapered tails. Although dental and eye problems are common in this breed PIOs have an approximate life span of 11 years.

Peruvian Inca Orchid History :

The hairless dog of Peru is an ancient breed that was considered as an Incan dog and speculated to have existed during the Inca Empire. These dogs however are believed to have existed in the Peruvian coastal zone 750 AD, before the Inca culture. Ceramics and potteries depicting hairless dogs are well known during the Chimu, Moche and Vicus cultures. These dogs were originally developed by the Incas as bed warmers. Because the dogs are hairless, they are kept inside the house all day and after sundown all the other coated dogs will be locked in kennels and the hairless dogs will be allowed to roam the streets. Locking the coated dogs will ensure that the hairless PIOs will not be mated with coated dogs. The Incan nobility lived in large homes with rooms festooned with exotic flowers. The Spanish colonizers found these dogs in the cool dim room of the Incas. Theories about the origin of the Peruvian Inca Orchid abound but it is most likely that the dog originated from the Xoloitzcuintli, the hairless dog from Mexico. These breed was brought by the Ecuadorean sea traders. These dogs were taken by the traders aboard the ship as a source of fresh meat. The breed arrived in United States brought by people who live in Peru. The breed was given the name Peruvian Inca Orchid and registered by the Peruvian Inca Orchid Club of America. In 1996, registry and breed information was transferred to the AKC.

Peruvian Inca Orchid Temperament and Character :

Peruvian Inca Orchids are very affectionate dogs. These are kissing dogs that would love to snuggle and sleep in the owner’s bed. Once loyalty is formed it would become a devoted and ideal companion, one that would provide constant amusement to the human family as these dogs are known to fool around and act as clowns. These are very gentle dogs especially to small kids. However, because of the nature of the hairless coat they would not appreciate rough handling. These are smart quick witted dogs that would respond to obedience training easily. Some dogs though are independent thinkers and would get easily bored with repetitious commands. Mental stimulation is needed to entice the dog to follow commands. These are sensitive dogs too and harsh reprimands would make the dog scoot in a corner to sulk. These dogs would make ideal watchdogs as they are suspicious and reserve with strangers. These dogs would show aggressiveness in front of strangers, would not let strangers come near them. However, because of their slight build they would make poor guard dogs. PIOs love the company of other dogs and if properly socialized would tolerate other smaller pets. These dogs would do well in an apartment as this breed would need to live indoors because they are virtually naked and would need to be protected from the elements. The dog can not tolerate harsh weather conditions. In summer, the dog need to be kept cool and during the cold months of winter a sweater would be most needed to keep the dog warm. These dogs do not need rigorous exercise but just like any would need to be exercised daily. A suburban home with a fenced in yard would be a most suitable home for a PIO. If the weather permits, the dog will have ample space to roam even in daytime. If the dog will be kept outside the home a shady and warm place should be provided.

Peruvian Inca Orchid Health Care :

Because of their hairless condition Peruvian Inca Orchids sunburn easily and also get cold quickly. The hairless type lacks premolars and may be toothless at maturity, so will need veterinary care.

Peruvian Inca Orchid Grooming :

Peruvian Inca Orchids can be hairless or coated. Coated variety ranges from Doberman length to almost as long as a Collie's fur. It can be short, medium or long. Skin care is a must for the hairless variety, once weekly bathing will keep their skin soft and supple. The furless versions do not have fleas, are usually clean, and are easy to clean. Sometimes this breed can get acne. The ears should have regular attention, as they can become dry and cracked easily. In the hairless types skin must be protected as much as possible from the sun. A good sunscreen should be used if the dog is going to be out in the sun. People who show these dogs scrub them regularly to remove dead skin and to keep the skin soft by using special exfoliating creams intended for use by humans. If you do not plan to show your PIO and the dog is in a normal environment, it is best to not soften the skin as it makes the skin tear more easily. It is most important to keep the skin supple and smooth and to prevent it from becoming dry. Using a lotion or cream or, sometimes, rubbing it with oil is recommended. Bathe these dogs regularly with a gentle soap. The fragile skin is susceptible to sunburn, drying irritation and tears from other dogs, cats and objects. This is a very clean breed with no doggie odor and no fleas. The hairless PIO is ideal for allergy sufferers because there is no hair to shed. The coated variety has hair all over the body and does shed, but not much coat care is required. Regular brushing is required.

Peruvian Inca Orchid Training :

Early socialization is required. Peruvian Inca Orchids have a sensitive nature so corrections are not required very often when training. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with kindness and consistency.

Peruvian Inca Orchid Activity and Exercise :

Almost no extra activities are needed for Peruvian Inca Orchids but as any other dog regular activities like daily walks are recommended.

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