Get to know the Xoloitzcuintle
All you need to know about the breed
Sprightly and alert, the Xoloitzcuintle is no doubt unique among breeds. They’re said to be one of the first dogs to inhabit North America, dating back 3,000 years to the time of the Aztecs. Xoloitzcuintle are hugely popular south of the border but not as known north of it.
Then there’s the array: Three types of the Xoloitzcuintle breed exist - toy, miniature, and standard - and two coat types - hairless and coated, despite the breed often being called the Mexican Hairless dog. The hairless variety - a genetic mutation - possesses a leather-like coat; the coated variety has short hair, longest on their feet and face, and even a mohawk-like streak on the top of their head.
And those ears! They’re just the perfect topper to the Xoloitzcuintle’s long, lithe body. Their forever-furrowed brow may signal to some that the Xoloitzcuintle is anxious but it’s only a sign that they’re on the alert, generally for their family, whom they bond to significantly. They are an ancient breed, so the need to protect their pack and home is ingrained. They can be standoffish with newcomers until they get well-acquainted.
Training a Xoloitzcuintle early on will help curb their tendency to be a little stubborn. The breed is incredibly energetic, and has a strong prey drive. Introduce your Xoloitzcuintle to new furry friends in puppyhood and they’ll adjust to having them about.
And finally, that name! “Sho-lo-eats-queent-lee.” As complex as it is, this warmhearted breed is anything but, and great for seasoned and novice owners alike.
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From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Xoloitzcuintle
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