The Xoloitzcuintli

The Xoloitzcuintli is a rare and old dog breed. Some sources claim it is the world’s oldest, and rarest. It is believed to be the first dog of the Americas and came across the Bering Strait together with the first humans migrating to the continent.

The exotic name comes from the Aztec god Xolotl combined with the Aztec word for dog: Itzcuintli. The breed is also called “Mexican Hairless” or “Tepezcuintli.”

The Xolo is reputed to be a healer, and in the past its presence has been believed to cure rheumatism, asthma, toothaches, insomnia, and more. They are also believed to guard the home from evil spirits as well as human intruders. The Aztecs believed the Xolo was tasked with bringing souls to the afterlife.

These dogs make great companions, and are generally calm, tranquil, loyal, and intelligent.

There are three sizes of the Xolo: Toy stands 10-14 inches at the shoulder, Miniature 14-18 inches, and standard, 18-23 inches. With a size range between 10 and 50 pounds, most Xolos will be able to use a medium PlexiDor, but some might need a large door.

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