Since I’ve been asked so many times about my dog, let me introduce you to the breed.
And when I say asked, in most cases the questions are: “Is it a whippet?” or “Is it an Italian Greyhound?” but I was also asked is it a Pomeranian, a chihuahua, or a baby kangaroo.
Nope, my dog is a
Xoloitzcuintle aka Mexican Hairless Dog
Xoloitzcuintles ( pronounced: show-low-eats-quint-lee , it’s not that hard! ), also known as Mexican Hairless Dogs or Xolos for short, are a breed of dog that originated in Mexico. They are an ancient breed that has been around for over 3,000 years and were once considered sacred by the Aztecs. Xoloitzcuintles are known for their lack of hair, which can give them a very unique, almost alien-like appearance. They come in three sizes: miniature, intermediate and standard.
Oaxaca ( mini xolo ) and her big pal Pola ( standard size )
Xolo heaven – wandering around the campsite off leash and stealing food \ Cornwall
Xoloitzcuintles are primitive breed, which means they have not been selectively bred for specific traits over many generations and are similar to their wild ancestors. They are very intelligent, loyal, and affectionate dogs. They are generally good with children and other animals and make good companion dogs. Although some have high prey drive so won’t be getting along with smaller pets. They are quite active and require regular mental and physical exercise to stay happy. Bored xolos can be destructive.
Because they lack a coat, they may not be the best choice for individuals who live in very cold climates. Although my xolo is doing pretty well in Scotland. On windy and rainy days she just curls in under the duvet and sleeps. Some xolos are prone to skin allergies, both food related and environmental. Overall, Xoloitzcuintles are unique and interesting dogs that can make great companions.
Mexican God’s dog
I met my first xoloitzcuintli on Isla Holbox, Mexico. We were looking for xolos during our 6 week backpacking trip in Mexico and only on the last week we accidentally saw this free living dog called Aruma. When we came back from the trip, I started researching info on xolos and found out there are many living in Europe, especially in Eastern Europe.
And this is how Oaxaca ( pronounced: Wa-ha-ca ) became a member of our little family. Her name refers to the state of Oaxaca, one of our favourite places in Mexico.
Can you get a Mexican hairless dog in the UK?
Yes, there are a few reputable breeders in the UK, specifically around East Midlands area and South-East England. I recommend doing a research before purchasing a xolo puppy to make sure you will get healthy, well socialised dog. Socialisation is extremely important in development of a Mexican hairless dog as it is not an easy breed. We take our dog almost everywhere.
My dog was born in Russia but I don’t recommend getting a xolo from abroad as transport can be stressful for a puppy. Let me know if you need recommendations and I will send names of a few good breeders. There is also a xolo rescue in Wales so if interested in a puppy you can ask to be put on their waiting list.
How much xolo puppies cost in the UK?
It is difficult to provide an accurate cost of a Xolo puppy in the UK as prices can vary significantly depending on a size, gender and of course whether is is a coated or naked variety. Generally you can expect to pay between £1500-£2500 for a naked xolo in the UK while coated variety cost around £800.
Overall xolos are great companions, Oaxaca has adapted to our lifestyle and is a very adventurous dog. Seeing a Mexican Hairless dog in the UK or even in Scotland is not very uncommon these days, these hairless dogs are fine living with British weather and don’t require much care other than warm coat in the winter.
Next time you see a naked dog you can ask if it is a Xoloitzcuintle!