AKC PuppyFinder: Xoloitzcuintli Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Loyal, alert, calm, trainable; like any good watchdog, they're wary of strangers
- Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Xolos like long walks and upbeat play but are famously tranquil around the house
- Good with Children: Better with Supervision
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Infrequent, Hypoallergenic
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Responds Well
- Height: 10-14 inches (toy), 14-18 inches (miniature), 18-23 inches (standard)
- Weight: 10-15 pounds (toy), 15-30 pounds (miniature), 30-55 pounds (standard)
- Life Expectancy: 13-18 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
The Xoloitzcuintli is a rare, exotic-looking and ancient breed. While some do have hair, many are hairless, a bonus for allergy-sufferers. They are loyal, tranquil and alert, and make good watchdogs. They're also ideal companions for an owner who is looking for an active canine friend. Xoloitzcuintli puppies need consistent training and structure. They're happy to live with other dogs and kids and also do fine as an only dog. With exercise and attention, they're trainable, cheerful pets.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 2011
Breed History & Job Description: Xolos are national treasures in Mexico, with a history that goes back at least 3,000 years. Mentions of these “strange hairless dogs” appear in the journals of Columbus and other European explorers. Ancient Aztecs named the breed for their dog-headed god Xolotl. Xolos were considered sacred by the Aztecs and often were sacrificed and buried alongside their owners to serve as protective guides to the next world. In modern times, Xolos are dedicated watchdogs and companions.
Xoloitzciuntlis are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like patellar luxation. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Xoloitzciuntlis are healthy dogs.
Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.
Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation (Standard)
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation (Miniature, Standard, and Toy)
- Cardiac Exam (Miniature, Standard, and Toy)
- Patella Evaluation (Miniature and Toy)
- Breed Club