meet theXoloitzcuintli


Training &Temperament

They make excellent companion dogs. Xolo need a consistent training regiment and clearly defined boundaries. A training class for puppies is strongly recommended. Young dogs require a substantial amount of exercise and structured playtime. Bored Xolos may entertain themselves in ways you don’t find acceptable. An ideal Xolo owner is someone looking for a dog who will be a complete companion - guardian, friend and playmate. Xolos are fine as only dogs, but also sharing a home with children or other pets.

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Did You Know?

The Xoloitzcuintli is AKC's 170th breed.

Other names for the breed include Mexican Hairless and Tepezcuintli.

Known to exist in Mexico for over 3,000 years, the Xolo can justly claim the distinction as first dog of the Americas.

The name is pronounced show-low-etz-queent-lee.

The Xolo has threes sizes - toy, miniature and standard, and two varieties, hairless and coated.

The word Xoloitzcuintli is derived from the name of the Aztec god Xolotl and the Aztec word for dog, itzcuintli

Chinito Jr., bred and owned by Valetska Radtke of New York City became the breed's first and only AKC champion (from 1887-1959) on October 19, 1940.

Xolos appear in paintings by famous Mexican artists such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

The breed is viewed as a national treasure in Mexico.

There is a professional football club in Baja, CA known as the Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente.

colors & Markings

Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.


Description Desc. Standard Colors Std. Colors Registration Code Reg. Code
Black 007
Brindle 057
Bronze 060
Dark Brown 078
Fawn 082
Gray 100
Liver 123
Palomino 282
Red 140
White 199
Black 007
Black & White 019
Black White & Tan 034
Merle 131
Pink & Brown 518
Tan 195
White & Black 202


Description Desc. Standard Markings Std. Markings Registration Code Reg. Code
Black Markings 002
Spotted 021
Tan Markings 012
White Markings 014
Black Markings 002