Xolos, one of the oldest dog breeds in the world, originally from what is now Mexico, are truly fascinating creatures. Not only are they unique in appearance with their hairless skin and pointy ears, but they also have a rich cultural history that dates back centuries.
According to Native American folklore, the Xolos were guardians of the night and the underworld, protectors against evil spirits, companions of witches and wizards, and guides of mortals in difficult times. They were often buried with their owners to act as guides in the afterlife.
Today, the Xolo is still highly regarded by many people in Mexico and around the world. They are considered loyal and protective pets, and are often used as therapy dogs due to their calm and gentle nature.
The Xolos come in three different sizes – toy, miniature, and standard – and can have either hairless or coated skin. The hairless variety is often preferred for those with allergies, as they do not shed like most dogs. However, they do require regular skin care to avoid sunburn and other skin issues.
Despite their unique appearance, Xolos are known for being incredibly loving and loyal to their families. They are also highly intelligent and trainable, and make excellent watchdogs due to their protective nature.
It’s important to note that while Xolos are a unique and fascinating breed, they are not for everyone. They require regular exercise and socialization, and their hairless skin can be sensitive to extreme temperatures. They also have a high prey drive and may not get along well with small animals such as cats or rabbits.
For those willing to take on the responsibility of owning a Xolo, they can be incredibly rewarding pets. They are a rare breed with a fascinating history, and are sure to turn heads wherever they go. A family of Xolos can make for a truly unique and special addition to any household.
Patricia Thurston says
My Deerhead chihuahua is similar.
Kathy Stowe says
Are these dogs available in the USA? How much and how do you order one. Perfect for me and my. animal allergies. Same thing with cats.
PRAUST Barbara says
Just a further note, the full name is Xoloitzquitle which means “naked dog of the gods.”
Saunya Cortez says
Actually Xoloitzcuintle means Xolotl, the god of lightning and death, and itzcuintli, or dog.