Often seen as the Dog of the gods, the Xoloitzcuintle (or Xolo for short) oozes elegance, animation and can be very graceful and full on. The toes of a Xolo are somewhat prehensile, allowing them to grip toys with dexterity (or you, as they love to clamber all over people!).
The Xolo comes in three sizes; Miniature (25 – 35 cm), Intermediate (36 – 45 cm) and Standard (46 – 62 cm).
The Xolo is quiet and adaptive in the home when he feels safe and has all the attention and a lot of personal interaction. The breed is wary of strangers and becomes very protective of his home and territory, the key to a good Xolo is the hard work you put in by taking the Xolo to as many places and experiences as you can, all this frequent socialisation will build the Xolo into a confident and stable dog.
The Xolo will always be primitive in behavior, and they will go well with structure and consistency in life, reactions are instinctive and lightning fast reflexes often catch us out. It’s important that Xolo owners harness this fast reflex and sensitivity with their extreme intelligence to mold (positive reward based training) the Xolo into his eventual character. If trained young, Xolos are good with other animals, however prefer a lot of one on one time, so a small pack is more suited, they do not do well in kennels.
Harsh discipline is never used on a Xolo.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Xolo require a lot of social training early as puppies and throughout life it is an ongoing process. They do take up time with exercise required every day and a lot of stimulation to keep their inquisitive minds active.
Known as a healthy breed no known health problems, however without correct socialization can become snappy and guarding.
Common Health Issues
With Xolos it is vital to protect the skin with sun coats and limit sun exposure.