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.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. Peruvian Inca Orchid are a medium breed and may have a lifespan ranging from XX to XX years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
They are not outdoor dogs and require sunscreen on sunny days. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
This breed is intelligent and can be a challenge to train. New owners should be able to commit to a substantial amount of time needed to train and socialize their new PIO puppy. Because they are a primitive breed, they have a wide range of temperament from they typical docile sighthound to a more feral temperament. PIOs are not recommended for families with small children, but they can do well with older, considerate children. Rough play is discourage with puppies as this can promote aggressive behavior. They can be raised with smaller dogs or cats, but require supervision.
Peruvian Inca Orchid &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Peruvian Inca Orchids are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own as Peruvian Inca Orchids can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.