Rare Mexican hairless dogs Xoloitzcuintle + 5 other breeds of hairless dogs

The Xoloitzcuintle, the Mexican hairless dog, is a canine race that is related to the Mexica because they thought they were his guides to the afterlife. These dogs were sacrificed and buried along with their owners so that they could open the way to the underworld.

The Xoloitzcuintli, the 100% Mexican dog

This 100% Mexican canine breed, in addition to its exotic beauty, is a very affectionate pet.
This 100% Mexican canine breed, in addition to its exotic beauty, is a very affectionate pet.

According to ancient legends, this dog was a gift from the god Xolotl to the ancient Mexicans. For many years it was consumed as food by the Mexicas, especially in wedding banquets and funerals, constituting an essential source of protein for the inhabitants of Mexico of yesteryear.

This race of the Mexican hairless dog goes back to between three thousand and five thousand years ago, although according to anthropological research of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), its origin can be cited seven thousand years ago, being a faithful companion of the former inhabitants of the center from the country.

Official recognition

The Spaniards tried to end this species, and almost managed to get it, but these dogs, being so intelligent and trusting their instincts, took refuge in the Sierra de Oaxaca and in Guerrero, an area where they remained hidden for many years, until the decade of the fifties of the twentieth century when it was officially recognized as a breed by the Federation Canófila Mexicana and by the International Cynological Federation, and it was at that moment when they began to take measures for the conservation of this species.

Qualities of the species

These dogs do not have hair, so there is no need to worry about ticks, fleas or allergies caused by them. Although for the same lack of it, it is necessary to moisturize your skin with some cream or fat, because otherwise it will dry out and could suffer some injury due to the lack of moisture in your skin. In addition to that, you have to put repellent for mosquitoes in case they are going to be exposed to them, since it is very common to suffer stings and that these can become infected.

These adorable dogs have a very loving character and are perfect to embrace those cold nights because their skin gets to warm up around 40 degrees centigrade.

Particular feature: lack of hair

Puppies with hair and without hair can be found in the same litter because the absence of hair is the result of a dominant gene that provides alopecia.

Very Mexican character

As good Mexican puppies have a very stubborn temperament and their training requires large amounts of patience, but yes, they are very good guardians (the standard and intermediate size). But unfortunately, they are not very popular dogs, since some people dislike their absence of hair.

Life expectancy

It can live between 12 to 14 years, and being a primitive race it is difficult to have diseases or congenital problems.

Icon of Mexico City

The Xoloitzcuintles is a 100 percent Mexican race that is worth knowing and loving, and which a couple of years ago at the request of the Canófila Mexicana Federation to the government of Mexico City, became its symbol.

Source: La Verdad


Although not as usual as in cats, certain dog breeds do not have hair either.

Peruvian hairless dog

peruvian hairless dog

The hairless dog of Peru was raised in its origins to be eaten. It was the same race as the Inca dog but with different skin color. With time it went from being a food to be the favorite pet of the nobility.

American hairless terrier

American hairless terrier
American hairless terrier

The American hairless terrier is a small breed originally from the United States. It is relatively new, given that the first litters appear in the 70s. When descending from the Terrier buzzards, the American Terrier is a lively, dynamic and playful dog that gets along very well with children. He is also very intelligent and familiar.

Mexican hairless dog or Xoloitzcuintle

Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican hairless dog)

The appearance of the Mexican hairless dog is very similar to that of the Peruvian dog or the Argentine pile dog and its origin is Mexican. There is an aura of mythology that surrounds this ancient race since in the past it was believed that these dogs were the companions of the deceased to the underworld.

Chinese crested dog


The Chinese crested dog is also known as crested or puff. The hairless Chinese crested dog is not totally free of hair. We can see tufts on his head and legs. However, the skin of his body is soft and thin, similar to that of the human being.

Argentine Pila dog

Argentine hairless dog
Argentine hairless dog

The Argentine hairless dog, also called Pila dog, is very similar to the Mexican dog so it is suspected that it can be a direct descendant of it, bred for centuries in the American continent. The Argentine hairless dog is very sociable and intelligent, able to learn any trick with just a few training exercises.

Hairless Chihuahua

Its origins are quite recent, being the result of the crossing of a Chihuahua with hair with a breed of hair without a dog, crossing its offspring again and again until obtaining what we know today as the hairless Chihuahua.

VIDEO: Netizens confuse a hairless Mexican dog with a statue

Piper, a dog of Xoloitzcuintle breed, of Mexican origin, was confused by netizens with a statue, after the diffusion of a photograph on social networks. Its owner, Sandra Pineda, lives in the Philippines and was surprised when the image of her pet reached more than 10,000 'likes' and innumerable comments. Many asked if Piper was real. This species is characterized by maintaining a shiny dark brown skin, lacking hair, and played an important role in the Aztec culture.

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