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Mexican Hairless

Size: Small / Medium

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

Health Problems: Dry skin; sunburn; lesions on skin

Origin: Mexico

Also Known As: Xoloitzcuintli, Xolo

Group: Non-Sporting

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

No special exercise requirements.

Grooming Needs

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.


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.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.


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.

Pet Facts

In nature, the Mexican Hairless is a vegetarian, but is easily made a carnivore when offered food with meat in it.