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Xoloitzcuintli

Personality:Loyal, alert, calm, trainable; like any good watchdog, they're wary of strangers

Coat & Grooming:The hairless requires occasional baths and body lotion; the coated needs routine brushing and combing

Energy Level:Somewhat Active; Xolos like long walks and upbeat play but are famously tranquil around the house

Originally: Mexico

Nicknames: Xolo

Size: Small

Meet the Xoloitzcuintli

​The Xoloitzcuintli (show-low-eats-queen-tlee) comes in three sizes (toy, miniature, and standard), and two varieties (hairless and coated). The hairless has tough, smooth, close-fitting skin. The coated variety is covered by a short, flat coat. Both varieties come in dark colors, ranging from black, gray-black, slate, to red, liver, or bronze. The face is thoughtful and intelligent, and a Xolo’s forehead will wrinkle when he’s deep in thought. The Xolo’s graceful, elegant body is surprisingly strong and rugged.

What's Their Story?

​Xolos are national treasures in Mexico, with a history that goes back at least 3,000 years. Mentions of these “strange hairless dogs” appear in the journals of Columbus and other European explorers. Ancient Aztecs named the breed for their dog-headed god Xolotl. Xolos were considered sacred by the Aztecs and often were sacrificed and buried alongside their owners to serve as protective guides to the next world. In modern times, Xolos are dedicated watchdogs and companions.

What are they Like?

​That’s easy. They’re like nothing you’ve ever seen before. A hairless dog with big ears and a stubbly Mohawk might be too exotic for some. But for those who believe bald is beautiful, Xolos rule. They take their watchdog job seriously but are judicious barkers who only speak when they have something to say. With their loved ones they’re cheerful, affectionate pets. If you have allergies but long to own a dog, the hairless Xolo should be on your short list of breeds to consider.

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