Peruvian Inca Orchid (Hairless)

Peruvian Inca Orchid - None Shedding Dog

A trim, fast and athletic dog which is loving, loyal and loves to snuggle and kiss. Active, fun and very smart. Likes and needs exercise and a lot of mental stimulation but also appreciates sofa time. If it gets enough exercise and stimulation it will be calm and peaceful in the house. A wide variety of temperaments exist – some are more friendly, others more wary. Do your research and check with the breeder on the temperaments in their bloodlines. This is a rare breed.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Medium to high for the large variety. Medium for the other sizes. They adapt well to city environments if given enough exercise. The smaller ones will do well in apartments. Recommended between 1 to 2 hours a day walking and regular playtime.

Size: Peruvian Hairless Dogs vary in size : Small (or pequeño) 25 - 40 cm (10 - 16 inches) Medium (or medio) 40 - 50 cm (16 - 20 inches) Large (or grande) 50 - 65 cm (20 - 26 inches) Mostly they tend to come in the small/medium ranges

Weight: Small 4 - 8 kg (9 - 18 lbs) Medium 8 - 12 kg (18 - 26 lbs) Large 12 - 25 kg (26 - 55 lbs)

Colour: Skin comes in a variety of colours – cream, blue, grey to almost black, chocolate and mottled.

Town or Country: Both

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: A moderately active family, or singles and couples, who live in a warm environment and are after a very unique companion – a protective, affectionate couch snuggler that loves to run and play and will promote conversation wherever they go! A person who is around most of the day.

Group: Emerging/rare Not classified by the AKC even within ‘Foundation’

Originally From: Peru

Original Purpose: Companion

Living Space: Depends on the size. From low to medium. They do like a good sized garden to run in.

Coat: Hairless

Grooming: Medium to high. Does not require brushing but does require regular skin care. Bathing to keep skin clean and reduce clogged pores is required – frequency can be as much as twice a week or as little as once a month. Very mild fragrance free dog or baby shampoo is required. Also will require skin moisturising. Sun cream is also required.

Children: High with family members.

Sociability with strangers: Medium to low. Will bark and can be wary. However there is a wide range of temperaments in the breed, so they can also be people orientated. Check with the breeder.

Sociability with animals or other dogs: In the household they will be fine if given sufficient socialisation. However outside they can be wary of other dogs – again socialisation can help to overcome this.

Trainability: Medium to high. Very smart and eager to please. They will like activities such as agility and flyball.

Noise Level: Medium – makes a unique watchdog!

Known Health Issues: Some eye problems, dental problems and skin issues like sunburn and skin cancer. Also seizures and strokes.

Lifespan: 10-11 years

Special Needs: 1.Will need a coat in cool or cold weather 2.T shirt in summer plus sunscreen. 3.It should not be housed outdoors under any circumstances 4.It bonds intensely so there is a risk of separation anxiety and should never be left alone for long periods 5.They are very sensitive to toxins 6.Care should be taken in use of insecticides and household products because absorption into the bloodstream can be rapid due to low body fat. .

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