Maya Tikal and Mr Tacho
Archeological findings prove that the Xoloitzcuintli, pronounced
"show-low-eats-queent-lee", has been around for thousands of years. His former
masters include the Toltecs, the Aztecs, the Mayans, and the Colima Indians.
The breed's name is a combination of two Aztec words. "Xolotl" was one of
the Aztec gods and "itzcuintli" means dog. It can be spelled as Xoloitzcuintli
or Xoloitzcuintle, both are correct. Xolos come in three sizes, from toy
to large (or miniature, intermediate, and standard by FCI).
Some other names for the breed are Mexican Hairless Dog, Perro sin pelo mexicano,
Perro pelón mexicano, Mexikansk Nakenhund, Meksikonkarvatonkoira,
Meksikon Karvaton Koira, Mexikaanse Naakthond, Le Xoloïtzcuintle, Chien nu mexicain, Chien Nu
du Mexique, Mexikanischer Nackthund, Mehhiko karvutu koer, and
Мексиканская голая собака.
What are Xolos
really like? Comments from owners
Xolos are very loving and affectionate
love to snuggle with their favorite
person...extremely intelligent, keep you on your toes
excel in obedience classes with gentle instruction...
generally very healthy
relatively calm dogs
get along well with kids when properly socialized
very expressive... super companions for those who want a
extremely loyal to his master
his family... some like to howl to music
do not require much exercise,
but love it
like to lounge on the sofa... protective
excellent watch dog
good guard dog... like
to "keep an eye" on the visitors, just in case
some don't like to be
touched by visitors or strangers, especially if not well socialized
suspicious towards strangers... working dog temperament... strong temperament...
tolerate sun well (dark ones)
tan in the sun
from the sun if light skinned... need protection from cold
cold climates with proper clothing
totally devoted to his family and
doesn't care if anybody else exists
tend to bond to one person
needs early training with gentle methods, no harsh
tolerated by many allergic dog owners
all styles of living... eager to please his owner
needs to be involved
in the family life
follows you everywhere, even to the bathroom :o)
can suffer from skin irritations
some have drug sensitivities
like to lick themselves like a cat
some are energetic, some are placid
can be hardheaded
some are sweet, some are not so sweet
can be aggressive
some are timid
can be high strung
can be dog aggressive
some might be too much to handle
for a first-time dog owner, especially the large size ones...
Chico was our first Xolo. We got him in 1994. Well, actually Chico is my husband's
Xolo because Chico is totally devoted to him. So typical of Xolos :o). See
puppy pictures and grown-up photos of Chico.
Do you want to meet my adorable rescue Xolo Pepe? He is super intelligent
and has so much personality! He is also very cute
and looks like a teddybear. Visit Pepe's
page 1 and page 2. See also photos of Pepe and Chico together.
pages at Sweet Lucy's
For more Xolo info, see the Xolo temperament page where Xolo owners describe their dogs and the AHT or Xolo page.
To meet many Xolos and see their photos, go to the 'Xolo Friends' pages. Follow links on the left.
See also the breed standards for the
For Xolo books and web links, visit the Xolo
Ps. The dog featured in the Xolo pages title graphic is Chili owned by Pauli Tapia & Johanna Lehtonen in Finland. On the right, is a photo of Pedro.