How Big Are Mexican Hairless Dogs?

by Axl J. Amistaadt
The Xoloitzcuintli is a Mexican national treasure.

The Xoloitzcuintli is a Mexican national treasure.

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If you believe that Mohawks and bald pates are beautiful, and you fancy a loving, clingy companion, a Mexican hairless could be your soul mate. This dog may be referred to by his common moniker because his proper name is such a mouthful. The ancient Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-QUEEN-tlee), or "Xolo," takes his name from the Aztec god Xolotl and from the Aztec word for dog, itzcuintli. This breed's mature size depends upon which Xolo you pick: toy, miniature or standard.

Pick a Weight

The Mexican hairless dog offers factory options in the height and weight departments. Toys are 10 through 14 inches tall at the shoulder, miniatures run more than 14 through 18 inches, and standards are more than 18 through 23 inches. Any other measurements are disqualified according to breed standard. Weights range from 10 to 50 pounds.

Pick a Pate

In addition to multiple size choices, the Xolo actually comes in two flavors -- coated and hairless. Coated dogs are covered with hair as other breeds are. The coat is smooth, short and close fitting. The hairless variety may be completely devoid of coat, or may have a little mop of coarse, short hair on the top of his noggin. He might also flaunt hair on his feet and the distal third of his tail. It's acceptable to have or to lack hair in those areas, but hair mustn't grow anywhere else. Soft, wavy or long locks on any Xolo constitute a serious fault.

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