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Mexican Hairless Breed Summary

Charming, Happy, Intelligent, Alert and Protective

Mexican Hairless Dogs are both highly unique in appearance and a very intelligent breed. Their official name is Xoloitzcuintle (pronounced "show-low-eats-QUEENT-lee"), meaning God Dog in Aztec, but we think Mexican Hairless is more than sufficient!

They are extremely loyal and and loving in nature making them lovely pets. They are very energetic so need daily walks to keep them happy and healthy.

Fun Fact: These dogs come in three sizes, the Standard, Intermediate and the Miniature!

Kennel Club Group Non-Sporting
Lifespan 12 - 15 Years
Height (at the withers) 10in - 14in (toy), 14in - 18in (miniature), 18in - 23in (standard)
Weight 10lb - 15lb (toy), 15lb - 30lb (miniature), 30lb - 55lb (standard)
Coat Tufts of Skin can be on the Forehead, Face, Neck, Feet and the Tips of their Tails. Skin is Smooth and Sensitive.
Color Black, Black & Tan, Black & White, Black Brindle, Blonde, Blue, Blue & Tan, Blue Merle, Bronze, Brown, Brown Brindle, Butterfly, Carbonate, Chocolate, Chocolate & Tan, Chocolate Tricolor, Copper, Cream, Dark Gray, Fawn, Gray, Isabella, Isabella & Tan, Lilac, Liver, Merle, Red, Red Merle, Sable, Spotted, Tricolor, White, White & Black, White & Brown, White & Gray, White & Red, White & Yellow
Eye color Brown
Common health issues Hip dysplasia, Elbow dysplasia, Patellar luxation, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Deafness
Other Names Xolo, Xolito, Xoloitzcuintli, Xoloitzcuintle, Xoloitzquintle, Xoloescuincle

These dogs are known for their charming and sociable personalities. Additionally, they are a very intelligent breed making training a relatively easy process. They are bundles of energy and need to be given plenty of exercise in order to remain fit and healthy. These pups mature very slowly and display puppy-like traits up until around two years old, meaning they are very playful and have a real joy for life. They are however not the best option for first time owners as they can be quite a challenging breed to live with and need an owner who has a real understanding of them. But for the right owners, they make lovely family pets and have the ability to provide you with years of joy!

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. The Xoloitzcuintle was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2011.