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Dogs - Xoloitzcuintle

The name is not as unpronouncable as it looks. There are clips on You Tube one can listen to. To me, it sounds like "sholo quintly." The x is pronounced as sh or ch. The "o" is as in low. They are called xolos for short. (Sholos)

Best known as the Mexican Hairless Dog, but this breed is not always hairless, some dogs are born with a short, smooth coat. Dogs, like humans, can get sun burn and skin cancer, so the hairless dogs should be kept indoors when the sun is high. The hairless type can have a tuft of hair on the head and tail. Another hairless breed is the little Chinese Crested dog.

An outstanding feature of this breed is the erect ears which give the dogs an alert appearance, like a deer whose pricked up ears are ever listening.

People who are alergic to dog hair might consider this breed, but it's important to study all aspects of the dog's temperament, and exercise requirements.

The Xoloitzcuintle dogs come in three sizes: toy, miniature, and standard

Toy: Height 23 - 36 cm at the shoulder. Weight 2.3 - 6.8 kg

Miniature: 38 - 51 cm at the shoulder. Weight 6.8 - 14 kg

Standard: 51 - 76 cm at shoulder. Weight 11 - 18 kg and up to 27 kg

Colour :  Any dog colour including spots.