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At A Glance


Size: Small

Weight: Standard (20 - 31 lbs.), Mini (13 - 22 lbs.), Toy (9 - 18 lbs.)

Height: Standard (16" - 23"), Mini (12" - 15"), Toy (11" - 12")

Life Span: 12 - 15 years

Mexican Hairless

Also know as: Xoloitzcuintli, "Xolo"

Group: Toy

Origin: Mexico

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: While its origins are unknown, it is thought that some variation of the Mexican Hairless was introduced to South America by Spanish explorers and invaders in the 1500s. Over time, the Miniature and Toy versions were developed through selective breeding of smaller standard dogs.

Temperament / Behavior
The Mexican Hairless is intelligent, calm and fearless. This breed tends to be lively with the family, but wary of strangers. The Mexican Hairless is not a frequent barker, but will alert you to an intruder or disturbance. Proper socialization is required for dogs going to homes with children or other pets. This breed is generally easy to train.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Dry skin; sunburn; lesions on skin

Special Needs
Exercise: No special exercise requirements.

Grooming: While no regular grooming is required, the Mexican Hairless should be kept out of the sun to protect the skin. Also, this breed requires a sweater or coat when outside in cold weather.

 

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