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Peruvian Inca Orchid

Like his cousin, the Chinese Crested, this Andean sighthound comes in hairless and coated varieties. The dogs were called perros flora (flower dogs) by Spanish conquistadors because they were found living amid orchids in the homes of the Incas. In Quechua, the language of the Incas, their name meant “dog without vestments” — in other words, naked canine. The hairless Peruvian Inca Orchid is born without fur, except for the occasional small thatch of hair atop his head, his toes and the tip of his tail. They come in three sizes: small, medium and large. Most PIOs are black with pink spots, but they can also sport such colors as gold, tan, mahogany, chocolate, blue or gray.

(Credit: Sally Anne Thompson, Animal Photography)
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