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Peruvian Inca Orchid

Flower Dog, Inca Hairless Dog, Viringo, Dielmatian, Perro Sin Pelo del Per


The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a medium-sized, elegant Sighthound breed. They give the appearance of speed, strength and stamina, with no trace of coarseness. They are square in proportion, though females may be slightly longer in body, with good length of leg. The hairless and the coated dogs are identical except for ear carriage, and they can be born in the same litter. The breed comes in many skin and coat color combinations.

Peruvian Hairless dogs are affectionate with family but wary of strangers. They tend to be very protective of women and children in the family. They are typically lively, alert and friendly with other dogs. They are agile and fast, and many of them enjoy sight-hunting small rodents. These dogs do not like to be alone, but when trained, can do well. They tend to know their allowed territories and respect it. These dogs are intolerant of extreme temperatures, although they are quite comfortable wearing clothing and will even play in the snow if dressed warmly. They generally require an owner that understands dog language and are not recommended for beginners. They learn fast, and they are very smart, but get bored easily with repetitious games like "fetch".

Size Medium
Height Small: 25–40 cm (10–16 inches)Medium: 40–50 cm (16–20 inches) Large: 50–65 cm (20–26 inches)
Weight Small: 4–8 kg (9–18 lbs)Medium: 8–12 kg (18–26 lbs) Large: 12–25 kg (26–55 lbs)
Lifespan 11-13 years
Colors Black Brown Pink Gray Tan White
Origin Peru
Classification Purebred
Good Lapcat
Good In Apartments

The PIO will do OK in an apartment. A fenced-in yard is recommended as the PIO is a sighthound and may take off chasing a small animal at any time. This breed should live indoors and be protected from the elements. The PIO sunburns very quickly. It should have a sweater in the winter and be kept at a comfortable temperature in the summer. Keep in mind this breed does not have hair to protect it from the weather and is basically naked.

Good With Children

Good with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. It is also friendly toward other pets.

Good With Dogs

Good With Cats

Exercise Needs

This breed needs to be taken on a daily walk. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. If under-exercised, this breed can become nervous and anxious.


Easy Training: The Peruvian Inca Orchid is easy to train but they must have a gentle hand when training as they are very sensitive. They are smart and very willing to please.



Grooming Requirements

Low Maintenance: The Peruvian Inca Orchid is easy to care for. A quick bath is all that is needed but the hairless breed must be have lotion applied afterwards. If the hairless is lighter in color, sunscreen may be needed as they can burn. The coated needs to be bathed every 1-2 months.


Minimal Shedding: Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with hair in their cars and homes.



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