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    Xoloitzcuintli |Mexico|

    Xoloitzcuintli |Mexico|

    This breed is also known as the Xolo or Mexican Hairless and is a national treasure in its home country. The breed is ancient, appearing in artworks and on pots from the Mayan and Colima cultures, dating back about 3,000 years, and in many works from the Aztecs. Since then, there has been virtually no change in the dogs’ physical appearance. Originally used as guard dogs and companions, Xolos also had strong magical and spiritual healing associations: the Aztecs considered them to be sacred and believed a master’s soul needed his dog to help him safely through the underworld. Today, Xolos are still used as guard dogs but excel as companions. There is also a coated variety of the breed.

    Most litters contain both hairless and coated puppies. The coated variety, which is covered with short, dense fur represents the original form of the breed.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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