Xoloitzcuintli

Xoloitzcuintli

Xoloitzcuintli

The Xoloitzcuintli is a rare and old dog breed. Some sources say the world’s oldest and rarest. It is believed to be the first dog of Americas, and it came across the Bering Straights together with the first humans migrating to this continent some 3,000 years ago. With a size range between 10 and 50 pounds, most Xolos will be able to use a Medium PlexiDor dog door, but some might need a Large PlexiDor dog door.

The exotic name comes from the Aztec God Xolotl, and their word for dog: Itzcuintli. The breed is also called “Mexican Hairless” and “Tepezcuintli.”

In its home country, the Xolo is reputed to be a healer, and its presence is believed to cure all sorts of ailments like rheumatism, asthma, toothache, and insomnia. The dogs are believed to safeguard the home from evil spirits as well as intruders. The Aztecs believed the Xolo helped guide souls to the afterlife.

There are three sizes: toy (10-14 inches at the shoulder), miniature (14-18 inches), and standard (18-23 inches tall). The breed is known to be calm, tranquil, loyal, and intelligent, and they make great companion dogs.

A Medium or Large PlexiDor will be the right size dog door for a Xoloitzcuintli.

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