Peruvian Inca Orchids

by admin on June 26, 2010

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Although the Peruvian Inca Orchid may sound like a rare flower from the Amazon, it is actually a rare dog breed. The dogs are usually hairless, except for an occasional tuft on their heads. However, some coated dogs are born within the same litters as their hairless siblings. The Peruvian Inca Orchids that are bred in the US tend to have a very similar look, due to the fact that almost all of them originate from a dozen or less dogs that were imported here many years ago. The breed has changed over time in Peru, however, so the dogs that are imported today may have different characteristics or varieties. Since most Peruvian Inca Orchids are hairless, their owners have to apply sunscreen to their delicate skin. In Peru they are referred to as “Calato,” the Quechua word for “naked.”