Pronounced “Show- low-its-queen-tli” the Xoloitzcuintli is said to be a descendent of the much prized hairless dogs kept by the Aztecs. The breed is Mexico’s national dog and comes in a three varieties today, but how many of us have ever heard of it? Purebredbreeders.com will take a brief look at the breed.
Physical Characteristics and Temperament
Xolo for short, this breed can be hairless (more revered) or have a coat. It comes in toy, miniature, and standard, may have a solid one color body or be spotted plus, it can come in several colors. These include bronze, red, fawn, black ranging to slate, brindle and gray. The hairless version can sometimes have a tuft of hair on the tail or head. Xolos have almond-shaped eyes, their skulls are broad, and they have distinct upright ears that look like a bat’s. Purebredbreeders.com also learned that the breed is known for changing colors as it grows.
In terms of behavior, the dog is very alert, intelligent, and loyal. It makes a great family pet however, the breed tends to bond with the person or persons who train, socialize and care for it so it is usually recommended that this is a shared effort so the dog will bond with everyone. Xolos are very athletic, protective, must be introduced to strangers before they warm up, housetrain quickly, and are great with kids once properly socialized. They are also said to stick with owners, seldom run off on their own, and run away even less. In fact, Purebredbreeders.com understands that they are affectionately called “Velcro dogs” due to their ability to stick with owners.
Pros of Having a Xolo
Hairless Xolos do not shed, get fleas, or give off dander. Their bodies also radiate a certain heat that has been found to be therapeutic for persons with arthritis. Both types are quiet dogs which make them great watch dogs because they tend to only make noise when necessary. The breed’s survival skills are impressive, making it easy for them to beat odds and find their owners in almost any situation.
Things to Note When Owning a Xolo
Purebredbreeders.com would like to point out that this is not a dog that will accept or cower in the face of ill-treatment. Also, these dogs require leadership, stability, and daily walks in order to be balanced. The breed can range from 9in to 30in in height and 5lbs to 40lbs depending on the variety one gets. Each variety will also range in height and weight depending on the breed club it is from.