Xoloitzcuintli Dog Breed Information

Xoloitzcuintli Quick Facts
Breed Group: Miscellaneous Class
Origen: Mexico
Nickname: Xolo
Weight: Toy: 5-15; Miniature: 15-30; Standard: 25-40 lbs lbs
Height: Toy: 9-14; Miniature: 15-20; Standard: 20-30 inches inches
Color(s): Black, slate, gray, brindle, fawn, red, bronze; spotted or solid

Xoloitzcuintli Appearance

The Xoloitzcuintli is also known as the Standard Mexican Hairless Dog, is rare and ugly but a strangely appealing breed, with the dark, mottled, wrinkled skin of a shrunken elephant. The Xoloitzcuintli is a small-to medium size dog that is slightly taller than it is long. It has a broad head with forehead wrinkles when it is alert. The muzzle is longer than the skull. It has almond eyes that range from yellow to dark brown. The nose may be black, brown or spotted. It has large and erect ears and a long tail. Coated dogs have a short, flat coat while hairless dog have not hair except on the lower portion of the tail, the forehead and the nape.

The skin is a variety of colors including black, Black, slate, gray, brindle, fawn, red, bronze; spotted or solid. The weight of the Toy Xoloitzcuintli is around 5-15 pounds; Miniature is 15-30 pounds; and the Standard is around 25-40 pounds. The height of the Xoloitzcuintli is 9-14 inches for Toys, 15-20 inches for Miniature, and around 20-30 inches for Standard.

Xoloitzcuintli Temperament

The Xoloitzcuintli is very intelligent, loyal, alert, athletic, and extremely loving to its family. They are faithful and affectionate towards their own people and gets along well with children and other pets as long as it is properly socialized. They are peaceful, noble, and extremely adaptable. The Xolo is often called a Velcro dog, staying with its owner at all times, it very seldom runs off or away. They cannot bark but let out a sound like a howl.

Is Xoloitzcuintli the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Xoloitzcuintli does best with an active family or individual in a suburban or city home. They make very poor kennel dogs, or permanent outdoor pets, as they need to be part of the family. They do crate train very well and even prefer a nice quiet place to call there own for a few hours in the day, or at night if they do not sleep with you as most loves to do.

Xoloitzcuintli Life expectancy

The Xoloitzcuintli is a very long lived breed. His life expectancy is commonly around 15 and up to 20 years.

Xoloitzcuintli Health problems

The Xoloitzcuintli is commonly healthy. There are some concern associated with this breed including Acne, missing teeth, skin and food allergies and skin infections.

Xoloitzcuintli Care and Grooming

The Xoloitzcuintli doesnít require too much exercise, although, they are happy to walk on leach everywhere you need to go. The Xiloitzcuintli is an extremely rare and special dog. These breed is sadly in danger or dying out from lack of interest in it. The hairless coat needs some care. The skin must be protected as much as possible to prevent sunburn. Itís important to keep the skin supple and smooth to prevent from becoming dry by rubbing it with oil or using a lotion. Most skin problems arise from poor breeding, neglect, or over bathing. You can bathe and lotion your Xoloitzcuintli once or twice a month, and sunscreen as needed as you would do for yourself in very sunny weather.

Xoloitzcuintli Shedding

With no shedding, no dander, and no fleas, the hairless variety of Xoloitzcuintli is very popular with the clean, neat person, those with allergies and asthma, and with people who suffer from pain, arthritis type ailments.