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Xoloitzcuintli


Other Names

Mexican Hairless Dog, Xolos

History

The Xoloitzcuintli is one of the oldest and most rare breeds which came from Mexico. The name comes from Itzcuintli, the Aztec word for dog, joined with Xolotl which was an Aztec Indian god. In many Central American and Mexican villiages, Xolos are thought to be spiritual and have healing powers.

Appearance

An ancient breed which developed from evolution, graceful shape, lean, muscular, thoughtful expression, wedge shaped skull

Color and Coat

The Xolo has two coat options, hairless or coated. Hairless can have a small patch of fur on their head, their skin is smooth and tough. Coated Xolos have a short and close coat. They are usually one dark color from black or gray to red or bronze.

AKC Group

Non Sporting

Height

Three size varieties - Toy, up to 14 inches. Miniature, 14-18 inches. Standard, 18-23 inches.

Weight

Three size varieties - Toy, 12-18 lbs. Miniature, 20-25 lbs. Standard, 35-45 lbs.

Activity Level

Medium to High (they tend to calm down after age 2)

Tempermant

Calm, tranquil, attentive, energetic, intelligent

Other Facts

The Xoloitzcuintli is one of the most ancient dog breeds, but was only accepted into the AKC in 2011. There are three size varieties - toy, miniature and standard. Xolos can be hairless or coated.
 
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