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Peruvian Inca Orchid

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Agile, smart and swift, the Peruvian Inca Orchid is an elegant sighthound that developed in Peru. The breed can be hairless or coated, and comes in three sizes - small, medium and large. Lively and alert, these dogs can be very good hunters and do well in lure coursing, rally and agility. In the hairless variety, the skin can be of any color. In the coated variety all colors are accepted including black, brown, gray, pink, tan and white.

A Look Back

This breed was first depicted in Moche pottery around 750 AD. These were the dogs of the Inca and their Incan descendants, the Quechua, who protected and preserved the breed after the Conquistadors conquered Peru. Peruvian Inca Orchids were first brought to the US in 1966. In 2001, the Peruvian government declared the breed a National Patrimony.

Right Breed for You?

The Peruvian Inca Orchid requires a good bit of activity to remain healthy and happy. The breed is loyal and protective of its family, but like all dogs, should be supervised around younger children. Caution should also be taken with small pets that may be seen as prey. The Peruvian Inca Orchids requires a great deal of socialization and should be kept in the house as it does not make a good outdoor dog. The breed requires minimal grooming.

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  • Miscellaneous class; Hound group designation.
  • Three sizes: Small - from 9¾ to 15¾ inches tall at the shoulder and 8.5 to 17.5 pounds; Medium - from 15¾ to 19¾ inches and 17.5 to 26.5 pounds; Large - from 19¾ to 25¾ inches and 26.5 to 55 pounds.
  • Sight hound.

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