Peruvian Inca Orchid

FSS- Miscellaneous Group

Peruvian Inca Orchid lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Small 9.75-15.75 in, Medium 15.75-19.75 in, Large 19.75-25.75 in

Weight

Small 8.5-17.5 lbs, Medium 17.5-26.5 lbs, Large 26.5-55 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Peruvian Inca Orchid is a very old breed, dating back to at least 750 CE when they were depicted in Moche, Chimu, Vicu, Chancay, and Inca pottery. It was believed that the dogs possessed healing properties due to the heat they gave off, and that heat was used to treat arthritis and other ailments. The urine and feces of Peruvian Inca Orchids were also used in medicines. Along the northern coastal plains of Peru, it was common for the dogs to be eaten, although the Inca prohibited the practice when they conquered the region. While the original Peruvian Inca Orchids were all small, when the Spanish conquistadors conquered the region, the Peruvian Inca Orchids were bred with larger dogs, creating 3 distinct sizes of the breed. This conquest also lead to the near extinction of the breed, as people thought the dogs were diseased. Luckily, the dogs were still popular in rural areas and the breed was able to persist.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Peruvian Inca Orchids will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆☆

★★★★★

★☆☆☆

★★

★☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★☆


Energy Level

★☆☆☆


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Lively, happy-go-lucky, and goofy

Protective of family and are generally wary of strangers

As long as their exercise needs are met, they are low-key couch potatoes at home

Known to be possessive of toys and to not like having things taken from them

Quick learners who are generally easy to train if training sessions are short and interesting