Xoloitzcuintli – Try pronounce that correctly!

The Xoloitzcuintli (or Showlo) took to the stage at the Purina Pro Plan Dog Judging lawn today. These impressive animals are sometimes called the Mexican Hairless and are descendents to the first dogs to set paw on the North American continent. In their native Mexico and Central America, they were popular “doctors,” the heat given off by their body being comforting to people with arthritis and other ailments; people still like to cuddle with them today. Xolo’s in Australia are extremely rare! There only about 20 with a litter on the way, according to Linda, the owner of one of the competing Xolo dogs.

Linda also mentioned that their nature is very social and that they are very intelligent dogs. They are bred to be guard dogs but they’re more aloof than aggressive in the face of danger.

The Xoloitzcuintli is most commonly known for being hairless but also comes covered in fur. As seen in the header photo. Nele and Chloe from Show Radio were lucky enough to spend sometime with these three standard Xoloitzcuintlis and even saw a miniature Xoloitzcuintli.

“They felt like nothing I’ve ever felt before! Maybe similar to the face of a guy with 5’oclock shadow.. but so much warmer.. freakishly warm.”  – Chloe, Show Radio

 

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