Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 15-18 years
Weight: Male: 25-30, Female: 20.5-25
Height: Male: 14-18, Female: 10-14
Origin of Name: The Xoloitzcuintle is one of several breeds of hairless dog.
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Xoloitzcuintles are national treasures in Mexico, which have a history of at least 3,000 years. Mention of these "weird-haired dogs" appears in the journals of Columbus and other European explorers. The ancient Aztec named the breed for its dog-headed god Xolotl. The Zolos were considered sacred by the Aztecs and often sacrificed and buried with their owners to serve as protective guides for the next world. In modern times, Xolos are dedicated sentinels and companions.