MIRASOL XOLOITZCUINTLI

Judie Smith

THE XOLOITZCUINTLI

 

Prounced "show-low-eats-queen-tlee" or Xolo "show-low" for short.  The breed was once referred to as the Mexican Hairless and is known to have existed for over 3,000 years.  The Xoloitzcuintli is the national dog of Mexico.

 

Used a guard dog in their native Mexico, the temperment of the Xolo remains true to their heritage. They can be reserved and suspicious of strangers, but intensely devoted to their people.

 

This versatile breed comes in two varieties -hairless and coated and three sizes Toy (10"-14"), Miniature ( over 14" to 18") and Standard (over 18" to 24")  Height is measured at the highest point of the shoulder.

THE COATED XOLOITZCUINTLI

Acceptance of the coated variety is growing slowly throughout the world.  FCM and FCI allow breeding of coated Xolos, but do not recognize them in the show ring.  Russia recently granted full recognition to the coated variety.  AKC, CKC, UKC, and most USA venues allow both hairless and coated varieties to compete in the conformation ring.

 

Pictured is Shida Dressed in Velvet. Note the smooth flat short coat and erect ears.  This is an excellent example of a coated Xolo.

CARE AND TRAINING

Either variety (hairless or coated) are considered low maintenance, but they do require sometime devoted to regular grooming and hairless youngsters can go through an acne stage. Light colored hairless dogs do require sunscreen when outdoors for a while.   Hairless Xolos appreciate a sweater for outdoor excursions in cold weather

 

Because Xolos are a primitive breed, they require early obedience training and a lot of socialization. Only positive training methods should be used when training a Xolo.  NEVER use negative reinforcement.  It is important that you select the right trainer to work with you and your Xolo.

 

Xolo puppies can be destructive and require supervision.  Xolos can be possessive of what they consider their own - toys, bed, food or their people.

 

They are highly intelligent and can excel at a wide range of activities including conformation showing, obedience, agility, rally and therapy work.

 

Xolos are an indoor dog and need human companionship. However they require a secure  fenced yard or several long walks each day to insure proper excerise.  Xolos can be talented escape artists, so your yard needs to be perfectly secure. 

XOLOS AND CHILDREN

Common sense must be used when introducing a Xolo to children or other pets.  Very young, rough or pre-school children should not be left alone with a Xolo.  Xolos can get along fine with children if the child respects the dog's feelings.  It is best to bring a Xolo into your family as a  puppy if you have young children.

COMPETING WITH XOLOS

As of Jan 1, 2011, the American Kennel Club (AKC) ,  granted  Xolos full AKC recognition and both varieties, hairless and coated are eligible to compete in the Non-sporting group.  Xolos are also eligible  to compete in AKC performance events.  UKC (United Kennel Club), CKC (Canandian Kennel Club) and several other USA dog show venues give full recognition to Xolos to compete in conformation and performance events. 

 

Xolos are devoted, intelligent and loving and make wonderful companions in the right home with proper care and training.