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What is a Xoloitzcuintli?

A Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced Sho-lo-eets-quint-lee) is a weird-looking hairless dog which originated in Mexico. It is also known as the "Mexican hairless" or "Xolo" for short.  The breed is said to be so primitive that it was actually worshipped by the ancient Aztecs. According to folk legends, the god Xolotl made the dogs from a sliver of the Bone of Life, which was also used to create all of mankind. Xolotl gave the dog to man, asking him to guard it with his life. In exchange, the dog would guide man through the world of death.

Because Xolos are not very well-known in the US, the dogs has been mistaken for the mythological Chupacabra (blood-sucking monster) in US border states such as Arizona and Texas.

Despite their bizarre appearance, the Xolos are known to mellow and loyal dogs once they reach adulthood, but up until they become emotionally mature at age two, they are still highly noisy, chewy and high-energy. The breed was not imbred like many other purebred animals, so they are incredibly healthy, but they do require moisturizer, sunscreen and baths to prevent sunburn, acne and blackheads.

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