The Xolo were among the first breeds recorded by the American Kennel Club (AKC).

The Xolo was recognized by AKC in 2011.

This is a small to medium dog breed that originated from the Aztecs.

Erect ears and long tail

Sometimes hairless and are prone to sunburn.

Short ,flat coats if they do have a coat.

Life Span 12-15 years

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A Mexican dog named ‘Mee Too’ made breed history as the first AKC-registered Xolo in 1887.

‘Chinito Junior’, bred and owned by Valetska Radtke of New York City, became the breed’s only AKC champion to date. He earned his title on October 19, 1940.

In 1959, the Xolo was dropped from the AKC stud book due to the breed’s scarcity and perceived extinction.

The Xoloitzcuintli Club of America (XCA) was founded in October 1986 to regain AKC recognition for the breed. On May 13, 2008, AKC voted to readmit the breed to its Miscellaneous Class starting January 1, 2009.  The founding members voted unanimously to recognize all three sizes (toy, miniature and standard) and both varieties (hairless and coated) at their initial meeting.

Adult Xolos are calm in temperament, but puppies can be extremely energetic and playful until they reach two.

Highly intelligent and energetic, curious as well as very social, the Xolo are also known to be slightly aggressive and do not back down from a fight. However, adult dogs if raised properly will turn out to be affectionate and behaved.

The Xolo has high exercise needs and thrives on being around other dogs.

Behavioral problems are due to the Xolo not getting enough physical exercise.Due to their high intelligence, these dogs also benefit from mental stimulation.

Xolos originated from tropical climates and are not suited for outdoor life in colder temperate and northern climates.

These dogs are an indoor  breed.

They need bathing, light grooming and skin care .

The Xolo can be prone to acne.

Most skin problems are from poor breeding  and sunburn .Application of too much sunburn often causes blocked pores resulting in acne.

Claudia Bensimoun

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  1. I recently watched a documentary about these dogs, according to it, these dogs are still around because the natives believe that they have healing powers. Was a really interest documentary.

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