The Peruvian Inca Orchid!

Also known as the Peruvian Hairless Dog, this breed is indeed a rare sight. Almost bald at first sight, it also goes by the name Moonflower dog, Perro Flora, and Perro Sin Pelo del Peru. The Peruvian Inca Orchid has very sensitive dark and round eyes that often squint when exposed to direct sunlight. Their thick and leathery ears sometimes have wisps of hair and their lips are wrinkled. However, their skin is very pliable and super soft. There Peruvian Inca orchid has two types – the coated and the hairless. However, the only difference immediately visible is the ear set. The hairless dogs have prick ears, while the coated dogs usually have a rose ear. It is also interesting to note that their ear (for the coated and hairless Peruvian Inca Orchids) would be considered a fault if belonging to any other dog breed.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
11-12 years

Energy Level:

Living Conditions:
Needs warm conditions; Indoors only in cold climates.


Exercise Needs:
Daily 20 minute walk.

Breed Group:
Sight Hound


20-26 inches

26-50 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Skin color: solid or heavily mottled in any color against a pink background.

National breed club:
Peruvian Inca Orchid Dog Club of America

Peruvian Inca Orchid Skills

Their breed name Peruvian Inca Orchid was derived from their origins in Peru. Several Spanish explorers have sighted this breed in the homes of Inca nobility upon entering Peru. They do not have specific skills like water rescue or as watch dogs. However, they are a treat to the sight as they are very rare. The Spanish carried this breed to China as gifts and could be the origin of the Chinese Crested breed.

Peruvian Inca Orchid Personality

Peruvian Inca Orchids are very intelligent. They are also quick witted and calm. They easily get along with other dogs and are safe to have around even with children. They are however, not in their best mood during daytime. They prefer the dark which earned them the name Moonflower. This breed is an exotic treat to their owners. They are very easy to live with. They are also friendly but tend to be aloof to strangers unless they some sort of familiarity is established. It is important to teach them to socialize even at a young age.

Exercise Needs

They should be taken for the occasional walks and be given the chance to run from time to time but this breed is not exactly what you would call an active bunch.

Living Conditions

Since they are practically naked, they should be kept warm with a thick blanket or sweater during winter and kept at a reasonably okay temperature when summer comes in. It is recommended that they live indoors to be protected from the elements outside as they are very sensitive. Because they are also small, they would be okay living in an apartment. However, they should also be given the chance to run sometimes as they are sighthounds and inclined to chasing at certain periods.

Grooming Requirements

Due to their lack of hair, this is a very clean breed with no doggie odor and no fleas. However, their lack of hair does not translate to zero skin care. In fact, this lack of hair makes their skin all the more sensitive.

Health Issues

Few health issues but can be prone to skin and teeth problems.

If you liked this dog… would also like the Chihuahua which is a small, indoor dog that is easy to play with.


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