The Peruvian Inca Orchid, with its origins from pre-Inca Peruvian cultures, is a hairless type dog breed, not to be confused with the Xoloitzcuintli. This ancient breed of dog also goes by the names: PIO, Inca Hairless Dog, Peruvian Hairless Dog, Perro Flora and Perro sin pelo del Peru.
What are the best reasons to own a hairless dog breed you might ask? Well, they do have a lot of great things going for them such as: they ordinarily have a lack of parasites such as fleas, and grooming wise, you have little to do as far as brushing goes.
Keep in mind that in place of coat grooming issues that you now have skin care issues since this dog breed is basically bald. The skin needs constant care and must be washed with a good quality cleaner such as baby washes or baby cleaners (make sure they're lanolin free too) because you want to prevent acne or blackheads while keeping the skin moisturized at the same time.
The PIO, however, is not very well known in other areas of the world however yet its popularity is beginning to grow.
These small sized dogs are longer in shape than tall with skin that could be a solid color or heavy mottled as well. Sometimes you can find hairless puppies born in the same litter with puppies with hair. In fact, even the dogs considered hairless sometimes have hair on the top of the head or wisps of hair on the feet or ears.
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These little dogs are very intelligent and are often very good with children and other dogs. Remember, since they are hairless, their skin must be cared for carefully. They can get sunburned just like humans, and they do need sweaters in the winter or in any kind of cold weather.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid does need exercise but a few good walks or a romp in the house or apartment can work out just fine. These are good companion dogs and are pretty exotic when compared to many other dog breeds.
Country of origin: Originated in Peru as far back as 750AD Lifespan: 10-12 years Colors: Hairless, they can have many colors of pigmentation such as Pink, Gray, Gold, Tan,White, Chocolate, Black, Blue Known health problems: PIO's are prone to skin and teeth issues