Is a Xoloitzcuintle for you?

The treasure of Mexico (National dog of Mexico) is known as the Xoloitzcuintle, other names it may be known world wide as include: Xoloitxcuintli, Xoloitzquintle, Mexican Hairless and Tepeitzcuintli.

Like any dog breed it is important to research the breed thoroughly before searching for a suitable Xolo breeder and a Xolo dog.  The Xolo like all primitive breeds are pack animals that are used to living in packs, they are devoted and loving to those they know, and reserved and shy with strangers. They are great companions and form a very strong bond with their own family pack. The Xolo is well known for its intelligence, extreme loyalty, guarding watchfulness and superb athletic ability making it one of the most versatile dogs there is.

It is important to establish the Xolo pack place early in life including the whole family in the training and discipline routines.  Xolos can be dominant and the primitive instincts if left uncontrolled can lead to the household being run by the Xolo.  This can be controlled by regular and consistent training and exercise, the breed is easy to train and generally a quick learner.

Young Xolo’s require a fair amount of training and exercise, lots of toys and things to keep them occupied and out of trouble.  I strongly recommend if you dont have the time for training and exercise of a Xolo in the first year, either employ a Dog walker/Creche or consider an older Xolo.

As Xolos mature they settle to become calm laid back and very easy going.  They will stay at home alone but of course would much rather prefer to go with their owner everywhere.

As Xolos mature they settle to become calm laid back and very easy going.  They I cannot stress enough to be in tune with your Xolos canine instincts, (remember the Xolo is not a “Little Bald Human”) it will give you a genuine understanding and bond with your Xolo that will improve your Xolo – owner relationship and give you many joyous years with mans best friend.

Anthropomorphism: to attribute human feelings to things (Pets) that are not human, and it is one of the biggest mistakes dog owners can make commit. We expect our pets to share our lives and at times they can appear almost human, but, we really are not doing Xolo (or any pet) any favours by viewing them as bald little people.

Whether a Small (Companion), Intermediate or Standard (Guarding) Xolo  all need daily walks and the same disciplined routine.  It should be noted that dogs that do not get daily exercise are more likely to display behaviour and disruptive problems. Generally Xolos are not barkers so be aware when your Xolo does alert you, they have very good guarding abilities.

The Xolo does not tolerate unstable homes nor harsh corrections in training, they excel in a calm environment.

All hairless breeds need protection from extremes of cold and heat, rugs in the winter and sun protection in the summer is a good idea.
Generally the Xolo is a poor kennel dog (outside dog) and revel in being part of the pack.  The Xolo being easy to train crate trains very well and in fact enjoys the quiet time in their crate, when not with their master.

Life expectancy for the Xolo is generally about 15 years and some are known to live up to 20 years.

Please consider another breed if you cannot:

  • Provide companionship and not leave the Xolo unattended for more than a few hours. Bored Xolos may become anxious, which they express by destructive chewing and are known to be excellent escape artists. If you work all day,  I would suggest another breed or an older well trained Xolo.
  • Provide daily walks, the Xolo is an energy driven dog and thrives on exercise and socialisation, this is very important to avoid any timidness in the Xolo, socialisation and new experiences help keep the Xolo alert and aware.
  • Involve the Xolo in your activities and life, the Xolo loves to please and excel in many areas including agility, obedience and as therapy dogs.
  • Provide a stable environment with regards to the sensitive and expressive side of the Xolo, this is a life commitment to the breed.

As a breeder I have responsibilities to both my dogs and the breed itself, Xoloitzcuintle dogs that I place in homes as well as the individuals and families that have the opportunity to have a Xolo in their life are my main concern.  I believe it is my obligatory duty to provide the following:

  • Provide high standards of both care and living conditions for Xoloitzcuintle in my care.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Xolo breed and the dogs that I breed at Wazzat.
  • I am open and transparent in all dealings providing full history of every Xolo I home.
  • Ensure absolute compatibility with every person/family and the Xolo being homed by using a full questionnaire to match potential dogs and owners.
  • Can readily provide references upon request.
  • Complies with all Canine/ Local/State and Member Association Codes of Practice and Laws including any registration and licensing requirements.
  • I will always demonstrate and practice my genuine care and concern for every puppy I breed ensuring a suitable home is always available.
  • Participate in the rescue and rehome of all Xoloitzcuintle, whether from Wazzat or elsewhere.

I make no apologies for being strict with my puppy/Xolo placement and the intense Puppy Questionnaire.  My loyalty to the Xoloitzcuintle will always be first and foremost.  All pets will be desexed before leaving Wazzat and being rehomed.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

 


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