Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Xoloitzcuintil

Thank heavens I’m writing this because I wouldn’t have a clue how to pronounce this or its other name, Tepeizeuintli, but I could manage its more user friendly name, the “Mexican Hairless.” Widely kept in ancient Aztec settlements and prized for their healing and magical powers, this dog, which now comes in toy, miniature and standard sizes, and both as Hairless and Coated (with a full coat of short, sleek, glossy hair), the Xoloitzcuintil is one of the rarest and oldest breeds in the world. Although they don’t necessarily look that cuddly, they were used by the Aztecs as bed warmers. Ah well, to each his or her own, bed warmer that is. The breed is affectionate and intelligent and sensitive, and the dogs do demand a good deal of attention. They are not suited for cold climates. They are relatively inactive and are thus suited to apartment living which seems to be in line with their serving as fine bed warmers.

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