Other names : Mexican Hairless dog, Xolo

Photo: adult dog of Xoloitzcuintle breed
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Life expectancy

The Xoloitzcuintle has a life expectancy of between 14 and 16 years




Adult size

Female Between 10 and 24 in
Male Between 10 and 24 in

Adult weight

Female Between 7 and 55 lb
Male Between 7 and 55 lb
Coat colour
Type of coat
Naked Very short Short
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Xoloitzcuintle costs between £875 and £900

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More details about the Xoloitzcuintle

Xoloitzcuintle: Origins and history

Xolo’s are one of the oldest breeds known to man - they’re thought to have been around for around 3,500 years! These ancient dogs were believed to be a ‘gift from the Aztech Gods’ which helped transport people to the Afterlife - yes, they’re truly mythical creatures! They’d be buried alongside their owners in the belief they’d guide the soul to the underworld. During the 1940s and ’50s, the Xolo’s popularity boomed, leading to high breeding rates - hence why they’re so commonly seen as pets now.

FCI classification of the Xoloitzcuintle

  • Group 5 - Spitz and primitive types

  • Section 6 : Primitive type

Xoloitzcuintle: Varieties

  • Hairless
  • Coated
  • Toy
  • Miniature
  • Standard

Training a Xoloitzcuintle

The Xolo doesn’t fully mature until 2 years of age, meaning training can be slow to start. However, it’s important to be consistent with both socialization and training from a young age to avoid ending up with an aloof, shy or overly-protective dog. Due to their long puppyhood, make sure training sessions are short, sweet and full of fun games and activities. The Xolo can be rather sensitive, so stick to positive reinforcement and avoid shouting or scolding at all costs.

Xoloitzcuintle: Purchase price

This breed is on the pricey side - expect to pay at least £900 for a well-bred dog.

Monthly costs for a Mexican Hairless dog: £20-£30.

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