Thinking about purchasing an Xoloitzcuintli? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Xoloitzcuintli breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Xoloitzcuintli owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Xoloitzcuintli and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Xoloitzcuintli Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Xoloitzcuintli and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
According to the American Kennel Club website, the breed's name is pronounced "show-low-eats-queen-tlee". The Xoloitzcuintli (Xolo, for short) is a a sensitive breed of above average intelligence and devotion. They are protective, but will meet aggression, rather than instigate it, taking their cues from their master's uneasiness of a situation or person. Xoloitzcuintli are still primitive to some degree and need to be guided by reason and respect, rather than force of will. Though the Xoloitzcuintli is known as a hairless breed, litters often contain pups that are fully coated. Because the coated pups have traditionally been destroyed at birth, there is no standardization in coat color. This perhaps, has led breeders to believe that the coated pups are mixed breed puppies. A short course in genetics will disprove this belief. The coated Xoloitzcuintli has a short, course coat that sheds minimally. The coated Xoloitzcuintli is recognized by the UKC. The breed has a sleek body, almond-shaped eyes, and pointed bat-like ears. They look very similar to the Pharaoh Hound. Xolo come in three different sizes: Standard, Miniature and Toy. The biggest of the varieties are more likely to act as a guard dog than their smaller siblings.
Other Names: Mexican Hairless Dog, Xolo, Xoloitzcuintle, Xoloitzquintle, Tepeitzcuintli
Type: Sighthound and Pariah
22.5 inches. Miniature: 13 - 18 inches. Toy: Under 13 inches.
Xoloitzcuintli may be black, charcoal, lighter gray, bronze, liver or red. Solid
colors are preferred, but some do have spots without pigment, which need sun
block. Coated dogs can be any color, or combination of colors.
Xoloitzcuintli are a calm, quiet dog,
cheerful, attentive and alert. Suspicious towards strangers, Mexican Hairless
are a good watchdog, an excellent pet. The Xolo (Xoloitzcuintli)
is exceptionally intuitive and affectionate with their family.
They are noisy only when they need to be, faithful, and very intelligent. When
they are happy they are active, calm and get along with others if socialized.
They are loving and intuitive.
Watch-dog: High. Xoloitzcuintli
are very alert and can be very noisy when necessary.
Care and Exercise: Hairless Xoloitzcuintli
tolerate sun quite well, though spots lack pigment and need sun block. Though
the hairless Xolo (Xoloitzcuintli)
does need greater protection from the elements, they are hardy and
can tolerate even extreme cold for brief periods of time. Mexican Hairless dogs
do not require much exercise. To play and romp will keep them content, but they
will also enjoy a walk on the leash.
- Low. Xolos (Xoloitzcuintli)
do very well in apartments with daily walks as well in the country
with room to run.
Xoloitzcintli Health Issues: Xoloitzcuintli have no know genetic problems at this point. Some do have drug sensitivities, and caution must be used when using any chemical for the first time. Other health concerns include acne, missing teeth, food allergies and skin infections.
Life Span: 12 - 15
years. Xolos live quite a long time.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
FSS (Foundation Stock Service - not yet eligible for the AKC)
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