Have you ever heard of a Xoloitzcuintli? Pronounced “shoh-loh-eats-QUEENT-ly”, these dogs come in three different sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. The original is, of course, the standard, and is more of a medium-sized dog. The coat is very short and almost hairless, coming in a variety of colors. This makes them pretty good for those who suffer from allergies, as there’s not a lot of hair to provoke a reaction!
These dogs are fairly calm as long as you exercise them and give them appropriate outlets for their energy. They can do well in apartments if they get activities to do every day such as walks and socialization. Every dog can benefit from a fenced-in backyard, but it’s not necessary for the Xoloitzcuintli. They’ll do just fine if they’re getting enough attention and tired out. A tired pup is a happy pup!
Xoloitzcuintli – A Loyal Dog
They bond well with their family members, but tend to be alert around others. This includes kids, other dogs, and strangers. Although they’re far from aggressive, you should socialize them well and monitor this situation. Setting boundaries with children and strangers is, perhaps, even more important than setting boundaries with the dog. Remember to advocate for your pup. If they aren’t comfortable with strangers petting them, don’t let them! Socialization can be done while sitting at a distance and letting the dog observe.
Because of this, if they’re going to live with children or other animals, it’s best to take things slow. Have them meet on neutral territory and judge your dog’s reaction. Take things slow and consider that this breed will likely do best in an adult home with no other pets.
Once you do get to know the breed you will quickly fall in love with them and have a great new family member.