AHT or Xolo?
Personality - same or
I have received emails from site visitors wanting to know the
differences between American Hairless Terriers (AHT) and Xoloitzcuintlis (Xolo).
Currently, very few people own both AHTs and Xolos. Here's an
I wanted to ask your opinion. I noticed that you have both an AHT
and a Xolo. I'm stuck between the two. I've contacted breeders but
no one has both so they can't tell me "for real". I am looking for
one that I can show so she has to be outgoing. I would like an
outgoing, friendly, playful dog. We don't have any kids and
allergies are not an issue. I love them both and think they're
great! One AHT breeder told me that the Xolo skin feels "gross" and
because they are primitive they are unpredictable and favour one
person so won't likely be outgoing and enjoy outings. I definitely
prefer the toys or minis (depends on the standard) of the Xolo.
Also, I'm a little worried about the health concerns with the Xolos.
Well, what do you think? I know if would be hard to pick one or the
other and why? What qualities do you like/dislike about them.
Thanks! I appreciate it!
After living with American Hairless Terriers and Xoloitzcuintlis for
over ten years, here are some of my observations.
Both breeds are wonderful, but they do have different temperaments.
Their skins are also somewhat different.
Xolos have thicker skin
that protects them well. AHTs skin is a bit thinner, softer and
scrapes easier. Fair skinned dogs of both breeds need to be
protected from sunburn. Both breeds can have good skin or not so
good skin. Xolos may have pimples and AHTs may be prone to skin
Xolo skin does not feel "gross." In fact, some people have told me
that they like to pet Xolo skin better than AHT skin. Xolos also
have a tuft of short hair on their heads, so you always have a small
patch of hair to pet. :o)
Xolos have more of a working dog temperament. Xolos are extremely
intelligent, intense, loving, and devoted to their owners. Xolos
LOVE to spend time with their master, go wherever he goes, and do
whatever he does. If possible, all the time. They love participating
in any dog related and non-dog related activities. Being
sharp-witted and athletic, they excel in any dog sport. They tend to
be more of a one person or one family dog. If well socialized as a
puppy, they will enjoy, or at least accept, being handled and
touched by other people. But their true love is for their owner. At
home they are pretty quiet and laid back unless they hear some
alarming noises (an intruder?). They are very good watchdogs and
protect their home and family with duty and devotion.
Xolos are extremely expressive dogs and they use their ears, eyes,
facial expressions, body language, and voice to get their feelings
across. Xolos usually have a close emotional bond with their owner
and communicate well with him.
Xolos come in three sizes
from small toys to large dogs. If you love outdoor activities, a
dark skinned standard size Xolo makes a great companion. They are
large enough to participate in all demanding physical activities and
sports, and their dark skin tolerates sun better. Your Xolo will be in
heaven if he's your only dog. This means he will get all your
attention and love! Having several Xolos in the house may
result in squabbles over leadership among the dogs.
American Hairless Terriers are little terriers. They tend to be more
social with strangers than Xolos, especially if well socialized as
puppies. They are more lively than Xolos. They like to run, play,
and have fun. Being terriers, they also tend to bark more than Xolos.
Although, some Xolos are vocal as well. Having strong prey drive,
AHTs like to chase any animal that moves, like squirrels, rabbits,
and cats. AHTs
are quick learners and do well in all dog sports. They enjoy
activities if it's fun for them. They are very loving and love to snuggle up
on a warm lap. They are smart, entertaining and affectionate
companions for all.
If you'd like to have a pack of small, fun indoor dogs, the AHT is a
good choice. They are small in size and usually get along well
in a pack. They do not tolerate sun well and thus are not a good
choice for an outdoor sports enthusiast.
I can't say which breed I like better, they are different. I adore
my Xolos' deep intelligence and devotion, and I enjoy my AHT's fun
personality and lovingness. Generally, both breeds are healthy.
Hopefully you can meet both breeds in person and see which one fits
in your lifestyle. But since you want a "friendly, outgoing, playful
dog," the AHT might be the better choice for you. However, even the
AHTs must be well socialized. Being terriers, some can be a bit
aggressive. AHTs also like to use their mouths a lot (unlike Xolos
who like to listen), so they must be taught at a very early age
never to put their mouths on human skin.
Notes about kids and allergies:
It's important to socialize your AHT or Xolo well with people and other dogs.
AHTs need to learn at least the basic obedience commands, and a dog
obedience class is a must for novice Xolo owners. Xolos, especially
large size dogs, can be serious troublemakers due to their high
intelligence and strong personalities. Xolos tend to train their
owners, if allowed. :o)
AHTs are terriers and may snap if teased or mistreated by children.
If you have kids and AHTs, be sure to train both of them. :o)
If you are allergic to dogs, you might be able to tolerate both AHTs
and Xolos. Or you might tolerate one of them or neither
of them. Many people with dog allergies are fine with Xolos, but more people are less
allergic to AHTs than Xolos. Based on dog allergy sufferers'
experiences, the AHT is the least allergy causing of all dog breeds.
Unfortunately, some people are so allergic to dogs that they cannot
tolerate even the AHT.
from another AHT & Xolo owner:
Hello, I added my thoughts. I don't think it would be appropriate
for me to use my
experience with AHT's and Xolo's to help other to choose between
them for two reasons. I am new to dogs in general. We got Mora-Xolo
at 6 weeks old just last April and Jack-AHT came to us at 9 months
old in September of 2005. Jack has had a really hard time adjusting
and I would hate for anyone to feel discouraged by our experience.
Feel free to do what you want with my comments and thanks for asking
for my opinion. I think both breeds are incredible.
"Xolos usually have a close emotional bond
with their owner and communicate well with him."
I love Jack so much and think AHT's are wonderful but Mora is my
baby. I connect with her on a level that I don't know I will ever
achieve with Jack.
"Both breeds can have good skin or not so
good skin. Xolos may have pimples and AHTs may be prone to skin
Mora-Xolo gets pimples and she has blackheads too. She tends to have
more skin irritation then my AHT. Jack-AHT does chew on his feet, a
bit which is a sign of allergy.
"Xolo skin does not feel "gross". In fact,
some people have told me that they like to pet Xolo skin better than
AHT skin. Xolos also have a tuft of short hair on their heads, so
you always have a small patch of hair to pet."
Many people have opted to pet Mora on her patch of hair as they feel
odd petting skin but is definitely not gross to the touch. Jack's
skin is much softer/smoother but also more moist. He sweats
sometimes and after about a week he feels kinds of oily.
"Xolos LOVE to spend time with their master,
go wherever he goes, and do whatever he does. If possible, all the
time. They tend to be more of a one person or one family dog. If
well socialized as a puppy, they will enjoy, or at least accept,
being handled and touched by other people. But their true love is
for their owner."
Mora-Xolo is with out a doubt MY DOG. We originally bought her
because my son wanted a pet but she bonded with me immediately. Mora
was very well socialized and she adored EVERYONE. I have never seen
her dislike somebody and she absolutely loves to go everywhere with
Jack-AHT had a pretty traumatic trip getting to us and unfortunately
he was attacked by a larger dog who busted through a screen door as
we walked by. He was not physically injured but he was extremely
traumatized. It has been challenging to say the least to expose him
to new people or animals. He has only been with us since September
and we are focusing on getting him grounded at home and with family
and friends who visit regularly. I think this is a direct result of
the trauma and has only a tiny bit to do with breed.
Mora is a 15lbs miniature Xolo and Jack is 10lbs.
"AHTs tend to be more social with strangers
than Xolos, especially if well socialized as puppies."
This is what I have read but is very different than what I have
experienced with Jack and Mora.
"AHTs are livelier than Xolos."
Absolutely! Mora is my lazy girl until SHE wants to play.
"AHTs like to run, play, and have fun. Being
terriers, they also tend to bark more than Xolos. AHTs are very
loving and love to snuggle up on a warm lap."
Jack loves attention... loves to be loved... wants/demands to be
touched, pet and played with. Mora is happy with a lap to snuggle up
in. Jack definitely barks much more than Mora.
"Being terriers, some AHTs can be a bit
aggressive. AHTs also like to use their mouths a lot."
Jack puts his mouth on everything, but Mora eats everything so I
don't know which is worse.
"It's important to socialize your AHT or
Xolo well with people and other dogs."
I cannot stress this enough - either breed get them out and expose
them as much as possible as soon as possible.
"AHTs are terriers and may snap if teased or
mistreated by children. If you have kids and AHTs, be sure to train
both of them. "
Jack has snapped at my son and others. This has been a serious
concern and we continue to train and work extensively with him daily
to correct his attitude.
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See also the AHT or Xolo?
(looks) and Compare
Hairless Breeds pages.