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Weight: 20-26 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Peruvian Inca Orchid in the following colors:
Health & Longevity
Average Life Span: 11-12 years
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is considered to be a healthy breed which does not have a significant amount of concerning medical or health conditions. There are still some conditions to keep a watch for, including skin issues, weather sensitivities, epilepsy, irritable bowel syndrome, or teeth problems.
To help weed out genetic and inherited conditions, you should work with a reputable breeder who screens their pups and makes sure not to breed any pup who is sick or is a carrier of a condition. Most of the problems that affect this breed are not inherited or genetic but are simple problems that can affect any breed.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid often suffers from skin sensitivities and related issues. This is because this breed does not have any hair and, as a result, is prone to sunburns, rashes, and dry skin. In the winter, your pup may shiver and need to wear appropriate dog clothing to keep him or her warm.
Weather sensitivities are common in this breed and are due to the fact that this breed does not have any fur. It is important that you provide your pup with shade in the summer to prevent overheating, and warmth in the winter to prevent the chills. You must pay attention to your pup’s health and look for any warning signs that he or she may be too hot or too cold.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that can be passed down to your pup. This condition usually does not occur until about six months to two years of age, but it can be present when your puppy is born. If your pup does have a seizure, he or she may shake and convulse and sometimes may lose consciousness.
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, may be present in your Peruvian Inca Orchid. This condition occurs when there is a stomach or intestinal disorder, which can lead to diarrhea and loose stools in your pup. Your puppy may also experience discomfort or cramps in his or her stomach.
Lastly, this breed is prone to problems with the teeth. This means that your pup may have tooth decay, a lost tooth, or something similar. It is important that you take your pup to the vet regularly to receive a cleaning and to check for any problems.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid has a life expectancy of 11 to 12 years.
Temperament & Train-ability
The Peruvian Inca Orchid is said to be an affectionate, loving, and loyal pup that will stick by your side. This breed is well-mannered and will respond well to commands that you give. When it comes to training, you will find that he or she is easy to train, and it takes fewer repetitions for your pup to learn. In fact, your pup likes to learn and perform for you.
This breed is alert and makes for a terrific watchdog. He or she will be vocal when someone approaches your home and alert you to any danger that may be present.
This breed gets along with children and other pets, but socialization is required from a young age. You will find that your Peruvian Inca Orchid is a good companion and will form a bond with those in the family.
Your pup is going to need exercise and can do well in an apartment setting, but prefers a home with a yard. You should take your pup outdoors every day and on walks at least twice per day. This pup will have a lot of energy to expel outdoors, but is quite calm inside.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid has minimal grooming needs because they do not have a coat. This breed is hairless, so you do not have to worry about shedding, which makes this the perfect breed for owners who suffer from allergies.
You need to make sure that you protect your Peruvian Inca Orchid’s skin as he or she does not have a coat to protect the skin. This means that you need to put sunscreen on your pup when you go out into the heat and you should always have water and shade available. In addition, you may need to put booties and a coat on your pup when you head out into the cold.
You need to bathe your pup regularly. This can be done about once or twice per month. You should choose a very mild shampoo, so to not disrupt the oils in the skin. Also, you want to make sure you rub any dry skin off of your pup during the bath.
You should clean your pup’s ears at least once per week to remove any dirt and earwax. Your pup’s nails also need to be trimmed monthly to prevent overgrowth.
The Peruvian Inca Orchid consumes anywhere between 3/4 cup to 1.5 cups of dry kibble per day. Ideally, you should split this amount into two meals throughout the day. You do want to feed your puppy a high-quality food that is packed with nutrients. It is best to avoid by-products, fillers, and chemicals.
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A Peruvian Inca Orchid will cost you anywhere between $500 and $900. In addition to the cost of your puppy, you should also factor in the cost of vet checkups, vaccines, preventative medicines, food, and supplies.
Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking
Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.
Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a good choice for your home, and he or she will do well with kids and other pets. This breed is easy to take care of, but special attention is needed to protect your pup’s skin. When left alone, this breed can become destructive, so be prepared. This breed ranks a 2.
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