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Xoloitzcuintli

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Xoloitzcuintli

The Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee) is also known as the Mexican Hairless Dog. There are two coat varieties: hairless and coated. The hairless variety exhibits a total or almost total, absence of hair. The coated variety has a complete coat with no thin or bare patches. The breed also comes in three sizes: Toy, Miniature and Standard. It has a clean appearance with a deep chest, strong shoulders, a long neck and straight legs. The bat-like ears are carried erect. The tail must be full length. Bobs or docked tails are a disqualification. There may be a wisp of short hair on the forehead, nape, tail and feet in the hairless variety. The coat of the coated variety is short and flat. Any color combination is accepted.

Temperament The Xolo is a quiet, cheerful and attentive dog. Their alert nature makes them excellent watch dogs. This calm breed is good with children but suspicious towards strangers. The Xolo is very intelligent and affectionate with their family. They need human contact to thrive and always want to be involved with every aspect of their family's lives. They only bark when it is necessary. They may be a bit dog aggressive. Begin socialization early. The Standard size is more likely to be a guard dog and will take their cue to protect according to their master's uneasiness.
Height, Weight Toy Height: 10-14" ; Weight: 9-18 lbs.
Miniature Height: 14.5-18" ; Weight: 13-22 lbs.
Standard Height: 18.5-23" ; Weight: 20-31 lbs.
Health Problems Because the hairless variety of this breed lacks a coat, skin problems are common. They will get rashes on their skin and require protection from the sun and the cold. This breed does have sweat glands and will develop pimples, which will go away on their own. This breed also has drug sensitivities, food allergies and may have missing teeth.
Living Conditions This breed will do fine living in an apartment. Both varieties should be considered indoor dogs.
Exercise This breed enjoys outdoor romps and lively games; however, they do not require a lot of exercise.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming The hairless Xolo has no coat and is great for allergy sufferers. The coated variety needs occasional brushing.
Origin The Latin American Xolo is a very ancient breed dating back more than 3000 years. They were held in high esteem by both the Toltec and Mayan civilizations; however, the Aztecs enjoyed the breed in a culinary nature. The breed was near extinction, but was adopted by remote mountain-dwelling Indians who revived the breed. The Xolo is viewed as a national treasure in Mexico. This breed is recognized by the FCM (Mexican Kennel Club), AKC, UKC, and the FCI.
Group AKC Non-Sporting, UKC Sighthound & Pariah Dog