November 2009

Xoloitzcuintli: The OTHER Mexican Hairless

This odd looking, yet noble fellow is a Mexican Xoloitzcuintli (sho-lo its kwint-lee), a dog. These dogs are native to Mexico and are mostly hairless and have skin like a pig or elephant. This dog is medium sized and is not in any way like Mexico’s other famous hairless dog, the Chihuahua. Historically the Xolo predates European explorers and its bones have been found in archeological sites dating back at least 3,500 years.