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Peruvian Inca Orchid
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The ancient history of the breed is told through pottery and textiles. The breed first appeared in Moche pottery in 750 AD. They were also depicted in Chimu, Chancay, and Incan pottery. The Chancay people used the dogs as companions, and certain pottery even depicts them in sweaters. Their urine and feces were believed to be used in medicines. The Chimu considered them good luck and used the dogs' warmth for the treatment of arthritis and respiratory conditions. The original hairless dogs were small companion animals, but when Peru was conquered by the Conquistadors, the small dogs were interbred with the dogs of the Conquistadors and over the years, three distinct sizes developed. The Andean people protected the dogs, but the dogs did not fare well in the cities along the coast. The hairless dogs were considered diseased and pariahs and were often exterminated.

In 1966 an American, Jack Walklin, visited Peru and brought eight dogs back to the US. He is believed to have named the breed Peruvian Inca Orchid and the breed was established under that name in the US and Europe. Germany registered the breed with FCI in 1981. In 1985 the Kennel Club of Peru accepted the breed and requested FCI change the name to Perro sin Pelo de Peru. In 2001 Peru declared the breed a "National Patrimony." The dogs are now protected in Peru.

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