Unusual Breeds – Xoloitzcuintli

Unusual Breeds - Xoloitzcuintli - K9 Control UK Dog Trainers


Xoloitzcuintli – pronounced ‘show-low-eats-queent-lee.

Country of Origin



At first glance, the Xolo will not blow you away with his beauty. The wrinked brow, squinty eyes, hairless body and long skinny tail, are certainly not the attributes of beauty. However, upon closer inspection, you will notice a lean, well defined dog with strong almond shaped eyes which range in colour from yellow to black. He will look at you with a smart and lively expression which wrinkles at the brow when he is focused on something.
Get even closer, and you will feel the comforting heat that radiates from their body.

The Xolo also come in three sizes:

  • Toy (at least 10 through 14 inches tall at the shoulder),
  • Miniature (more than 14 through 18 inches tall)
  • Standard size (more than 18 through 23 inches tall).

This is one dog – whatever its size – that really is worthy of a second glance.

Dog Breed Group



General: 1 foot, 6 inches to 1 foot, 11 inches tall at the shoulder


General: 10 to 50 pounds

Life Span

14 to 20 years


The Xoloitzcuintli is not an overly excitable dog and will not run you off your feet. One good walk a day will generally satisfy him. The rest of the time he will be happy snuggling up to you, or lying in a warm spot in the house or garden. They are very loyal dogs and will often choose one person as their favorite without skimping on attention towards other members of the family.

They are a breed that don’t like spending too much time alone, and as highly athletic dogs, (they think nothing of scaling a 6ft fence with ease) they may try to come and find you if your garden isn’t escape proof. Even puppies will scramble over a 3ft fence! They also have a strong prey drive, so training is essential to keep them under control, although they may always enjoy chasing the neighbors cat.

As the Xolo generally only barks when strangers approach, they also make excellent guard dogs, and it is said that it is always worth checking out what it is that has disturbed them.