An ancient Mexican breed, the elegant Xoloitzcuintli is a lean, muscular dog that comes in three sizes: Toy, Miniature and Standard. Each size has two varieties, Hairless and Coated, both requiring moderate grooming. Originally bred to guard homes from evil spirits, the calm, alert Xoloitzcuintli continues to serve as a faithful watchdog and family companion. He requires daily exercise.
Recognized as Mexico’s national treasure, the Xoloitzcuintli has appeared in several paintings by renowned Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.The breed’s name is derived from Xolotl, an Aztec god, and the Aztec word “itzcuintli,” meaning “dog.”