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Xoloitzcuintle

Xoloitzcuintle

The Xoloitzcuintli, often simply called the Xolo, is an ancient breed of dog native to Mexico. The Xolo, also known as the Mexican Hairless Dog or Mexican Hairless Dog, is a very old and rare breed of dog. It is considered sacred in Mexican culture, it is said to be the representative of the Aztec god Xolotl.

The Xoloitzcuintle comes in three different sizes, the miniature version which measures between 25 and 35 cm, the intermediate version which measures between 36 and 45 cm and the standard version which measures between 46 and 60 cm. Its average weight is 22 kg.

Xolos can be hairless or have a short coat. If they have hair, the texture is smooth and dense. The color of the skin and hair can vary, ranging from black to gray, bronze and red.

The head is proportionate to the body, with a flat skull. The muzzle is of medium length. The eyes are oval in shape, dark in color. The ears are of medium size, erect or semi-erect.

Xolos are known for their calm, intelligent nature and loyalty to their family. They can be wary of strangers, which makes them good watchdogs.

Xolos have moderate exercise needs. They enjoy regular walks and play, but they are not overly energetic.

Xolos are generally a hardy breed. The hairless variety may require sun protection against sunburn. Like all breeds, regular care, a balanced diet and visits to the veterinarian are important to maintain their health.


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