XOLOITZCUINTLI DOG

Repeat the name: Xoloitzcuintli! And it is hairless. The Xolo comes from the Aztecs, which had it in high esteem for its palliative virtues. 
With clean and harmonious lines, the Xoloitzcuintli has the appearance of an elegant greyhound, but hairless. The Xolo’s skin is smooth and soft. The head is wedge shaped, not coarse or pointy, and the stop not very pronounced. The eyes are almond shaped and medium sized; the ears thin, large and expressive; the neck is long and slightly arched. The back is firm and wide, straight; the abdomen tucked up; slightly arched kidneys; forelegs straight, well poised under the body; the hindquarters strong, low hocks, and enough angulations for good impulse and movement freedom. Hare like and webbed feet, with well arched fingers. The tail is low inserted, long and fine, reaching the hock. The breed is divided in three categories by size: Standard, 46 to 56 cm; Miniature 33 to 46 cm; toy, less than 33 cm. The toy variety is also known as the Hairless Mexican. The dog can be completely nude or with hair. The nude specimens can have some hard hairs at the forehead, the fingers and the tip of the tail; the specimens with hair have a short and dense coat, without thinner or hair free areas. The breed is in many colors: solid and mottled.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
A haired doggy, awaiting its new home.
The Xoloitzcuintli is an unusual dog – if you like the unusual, you might like the Xolo. As other hairless dog breeds (yes, there are more), it is still a dog. In general, the character is the same in the different sized, dignified gentle and calm. It is an obedient, resistant, affectionate and devoted dog. The Xolo can be reserved with strangers. It is not easy to find, but there are some reliable breeders in the US you can turn to.
 
DEVELOPMENT
             
After eight weeks, the toy should weigh 1 to 1.5 kg, the Mini 1.5 to 2.5 kg and the Standard 2.5 to 3 kg.
 
The maximum height is reached soon, between the sixth and eighth month. The owner should carefully research before choosing. In addition to seeking for a healthy appearance and good structure, the buyer should avoid shyness, a lack of character is quite common. The adolescent may experience behavior changes, especially shyness and nervousness. The owner should expect this, and be patient and understanding with the dog. This phase should pass. During dentition we should ensure it has enough gnawing objects.  Risen ears can drop temporarily during this period, and potential show specimens should be taped.
 
Nudity is no reason for shame or fear! The Xolo makes friends free and fearlessly - it has nothing to hide. 
 
HEALTH
A truly rare breed, the Xoloitzcuintli is the latest in hypoallergenic. Despite its lack of hair it is a completely normal dog. 
The Xoloitzcuintli puppy should be treated as any other nude breed: it is susceptible to drafts and the cold, as well as scratching, cuts and sunburns. 
Incomplete and poorly aligned teeth are the most mentioned concerns. It seems reasonable that the breed is susceptible to common canine diseases, and bone and eye anomalies. Skin problems may affect the adolescent, especially the males, usually disappear after two years, not like human acne. The owner should learn proper skin care from a breeder, and protect the dog from cold and drafts at every moment. The Xolo is usually very resistant to parasites, even fleas and ticks. Many specimens have reactions to cortisone, anti-flea preparations and certain philaria preventions. The haired Xolo, during the first years, can suffer mange, but there is a veterinarian treatment. Other defects in the breed are hearing canal obstruction and dropped ears. The Xolo can live from 12 to 15 years, and some have reached 20 years.