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Peruvian Inca Orchid Dog Breed

The Peruvian Inca Orchid, also known as the Peruvian Hairless Dog or Perro sin Pelo del Perú, is a fascinating and ancient breed of dog originating from Peru. Renowned for its distinctive appearance, this breed is characterized by its almost hairless body, although some individuals may have a small amount of hair on the head or tail.

With a history dating back to pre-Inca times, the Peruvian Inca Orchid holds a special place in Peruvian culture. Revered by the indigenous people, these dogs were believed to possess mystical and healing properties. They were often kept as cherished companions, used in religious ceremonies, and even served as guard dogs.

The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a medium-sized dog with a lean and athletic build. Their graceful and elegant appearance, combined with their smooth skin, gives them a unique and striking allure. Although they are mostly hairless, they can come in a variety of colors and patterns.

In terms of temperament, the Peruvian Inca Orchid is known for its intelligence, loyalty, and affectionate nature towards its owners. They form strong bonds with their families and are typically gentle and loving. However, they may display reserved or cautious behavior around strangers, highlighting their natural guarding instincts.

Due to their lack of hair, these dogs require special care. Regular bathing and skincare are necessary to maintain their exposed skin, which can be susceptible to sunburn and temperature extremes. Providing adequate protection from the elements is essential to their well-being.

Being an active breed, the Peruvian Inca Orchid thrives on regular exercise and mental stimulation. Daily walks, playtime, and engaging in dog sports or activities that challenge their agility and intelligence are beneficial for their overall health and happiness.


Dan Sayers

Dan Sayers

Dan Sayers is the Editor-in-Chief of SHOWSIGHT digital and print publications. He received a B.S. from Drexel University where he studied interior architectural design. His professional career has allowed him to develop his planning, problem-solving, and project management skills, which were employed in the office, educational, and financial sectors. While working as a project manager, he earned a Graphic Design Certificate from the University of the Arts and began creating ads for many of America’s top-winning show dogs. Through this work, Dan became Editor-in-Chief of the nation’s first online-only dog show publication. His current role expands on this experience and broadly extends to cover the sport of dogs in Companion and Performance events as well as all aspects of Conformation.

Dan is a long-time member of the Irish Water Spaniel Club of America and is the organization’s current AKC Delegate and Archivist/Historian, as well as a club-approved Breed Mentor. From 2000-2010, he was the club’s AKC Gazette Columnist. He breeds Irish Water Spaniels under the Quiet Storm prefix and has judged the IWSCA National Specialty Sweepstakes twice. Dan is a member of the Morris and Essex Kennel Club as well as the Dog Writers Association of America, which recognized his illustrations in the award-winning canine compendium, the Encyclopedia of K-9 Terminology.