Very intelligent, calm and cheerful dog. Xoloitzcuintle is the right dog for companionship while in some ways reminiscent to the greyhound.
Xoloitzcuintle also called Mexican hairless dog. It is one of the oldest breeds in the world.
Long ago, the natives were fed with meat of this dog. They saw him as the earthly representative of the god “Xolotl”, which gave it its name. It was used to rinse the souls of the dead to their eternal peace.
In North America there are several kennels, but in addition, the breed is slowly disappearing.
The American Kennel Club does not recognize Xoloitzcuintle but it is recognized in Canada and Mexico.
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XOLOITZCUINTLE: APPEARANCE AND ANATOMY
Xoloitzcuintle is very harmonious and graceful dog. It has a harmonious proportion, often with a large skull.
The main feature is the complete absence of coat. The attitude is reminiscent with the Manchester Terrier breed.
Dog is elegant, with a particular tuft on top of bald head. It occurs in a variety of sizes, which are: standard, miniature and dwarf.
Standard height is 18 to 23 inches, the dwarf is from 10 to 14 inches, while the miniature reaches a height of 14 to 18 inches.
Xoloitzcuintle standard can have a weight of 20 to 30 lb, a miniature of 13 to 22 lb, and dwarf 9 to 13 lb.
SKULL: lupus type, broad, strong, very elegant.
NOSE: dog with a dark skin has a black nose, while a dog with a golden-yellow color of the skin has pink nose.
MUZZLE: straight, strongly developed jaws.
TEETH: closes in the form of scissors.
EYES: medium size, almond shaped, vivid, color adapts to skin color.
EARS: large, long, expressive, pricked.
NECK: long, arched, carried high.
SKIN: on the neck rigid and elastic, well fitting.
BECK: line is absolutely straight.
TAIL: long, thin, decorated with a few hairs, set on low, coming to the hocks, tapering at the top. When moving stands tall, when stands is suspended and ends with a hook.
FRONT LEGS: straight, vertical, in good proportion and of good length in relation to the body.
REAR LEGS: absolutely straight, parallel, wide and muscular thighs.
CLUTCHES: medium-long, curved fingers with a little hair, nails short and black.
SKIN: flat, very sensitive to touch, heat radiates directly.
COAT: the total absence of hair, a few bristles on the head and neck.
COLOR: recommended one color, black, black and gray, dark gray, reddish, liver colors, bronze, golden-yellow.
XOLOITZCUINTLE: CHARACTER AND BEHAVIOR
Xoloitzcuintle is a dog that requires a lot of exercise, discipline and attention. With growing up are all peaceful. But walking and running can not hurt. It is very quiet, shy and reserved.
On the other side is happy, balanced or distrustful of strangers. It represents a great watchdog.
Never barks without the need and it can be said that he is fearless.
Goes well with other pets, household, and especially with children. During dressage needs a quiet and persistent person who will drive out all the controls to the end. Preferred the earlier socialization.
XOLOITZCUINTLE: ADAPTATION AND CONDITIONS OF LIFE
Xoloitzcuintle is the right choice for a home dog, because it is an excellent guard. Always ready to defend the home. It is very attached to his owner and would like him to spend as much time during the day.
If you are leaving home, there will always choose to go with you than to be left alone in the house. He likes to walk, run and play. Therefore, it is desirable to have a yard. However, if you do not plan to walk, the will accept without problems and stay with you in the house.
It is not recommended to sleep in the yard, but in the warmth of the room.
XOLOITZUINTLE SEEN BY CHILDREN
XOLOITZCUINTLE: HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CARE
Xoloitzcuintle is known for bare skin and therefore requires special care. He needs regular bathing and massaging with adequate cream, because the skin need to remain soft.
When leaving the sun, the skin needs to be protected because it is in direct contact with sunlight. Because that can cause burns.
The skin is sensitive to scratches and dryness. Must be protected from moderate cold.
If staying in the colder area dog needs a coat.
Constantly sweating on the feet, because of that they are always soft.
From frequent or rarer diseases do not appear nothing.
The lifespan of the breed Xoloitzcuintle from 15 to 20 years.