From Mexico, the Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced show-low-eats-queen-tlee ) comes in three sizes – toy, miniature and standard, and two varieties – hairless and coated. Described as calm, loyal and intelligent, the breed makes an excellent companion dog.
It is important that all family members play a role in rearing the Xolo, or it will bond to the one person who takes care of it. The breed is protective and aloof to strangers. Additionally, the coated and the hairless variety of Xolo are very easy to groom. For hairless dogs, bathe and lotion them twice a month; for the coated dogs bath them twice a month and brush them at least weekly to reduce shedding. A coat is recommended in the winter and a t-shirt is recommended in the warmer month as too much sunscreen may clog its pores.
This rare dog breed may live for about 15 to 20 years.
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