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Mexican Hairless (Xoloitzquintle)

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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Non-sporting (AKC), Toy group (CKC), Sighthounds and Pariah Dogs (UKC).

Weight:

Anywhere from 4-20 kg.

Height:

Approximately 30-50 cm at the shoulders.

Color(s):

Mexican Hairless dogs come in a variety of colours but the most preferred colours are black, dark bronze, greyish black and elephant grey.

Coat:

This breed can be completely hairless, or can have a short tuft of hair on the skull and some hair at the tip of the tail.


Overview

Character:

Mexican Hairless dogs are very cheerful and merry animals. Lively and fun, these dogs are very loving and enjoyable pets.

Country of Origin:

Mexico.

History:

The Mexican Hairless Dog originated in pre-Hispanic Mexico and is one of the most ancient breeds in the world. Introduced by the Aztecs, these dogs were originally kept for protection, healing and for their meat. The earliest documented descriptions of this breed date back as early as the 1600's and an official standard was published by the American Kennel Club in 1933. While officially recognized by the Mexican Kennel Club, Mexican Hairless Dogs are not yet fully recognized by the American Kennel Club. However, this breed has been accepted as foundation stock by the AKC and should receive full recognition in the near future.

Name:

Additional names for this breed include Tepeizeuintli, Xoloitzcuintli, Xoloitzcuintle, Xoloitzquintle and Xolo.

Temperament:

Mexican Hairless dogs are calm and good-natured dogs. Reserved around strangers, Mexican Hairless dogs are good watchdogs.


Care

Training:

This good-natured breed is relatively easy to train.

Activity:

Mexican Hairless Dogs are lively but have a minimal exercise requirement.

Ownership:

Mexican Hairless Dogs are wonderful pets and watchdogs. Since they lack a full coat and have delicate skin, these dogs require regular bathing and application of moisturiser to their skin. Owners must take care to keep these dogs out of the cold and bright sunlight, as Mexican Hairless Dogs cannot tolerate either condition.


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