Hola amigos! Welcome back to Viva la Calavera, your go-to spot for all things Mexican culture. Today, we're diving into the fascinating world of the Xoloitzcuintle, Mexico's famous hairless dog breed. You might recognize this breed from Dante, the lovable and loyal sidekick in the Disney movie "Coco". So, grab your sombrero and let's embark on a journey through history, friendship, and a whole lot of naked doggie cuteness!

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First things first, let's talk about this pup's mouthful of a name. Xoloitzcuintle (pronounced show-low-eats-QUEENT-lee) can be quite the tongue twister, but it's a name packed with history.

Hailing from ancient Aztec culture, these dogs were considered sacred animals, believed to guide souls through the afterlife. So not only are they cute, but they also moonlight as spiritual tour guides – talk about a double whammy!

Xolo spiritual guide


The Xolo's personality is as endearing as its wrinkled, hairless appearance. These dogs are known to be intelligent, loyal, and affectionate. They're the kind of friend who'll stick by your side through thick and thin – even if it means following you into the Land of the Dead. Just like Dante in "Coco", Xolos make excellent companions, both in this world and the next.


Xolo love

Now, if you're wondering about their size, Xolos come in three fabulous sizes: toy, miniature, and standard. The toy Xolo is perfect for those who want a pint-sized buddy, while the standard Xolo offers a larger, more imposing presence. But no matter the size, these dogs are always ready to strut their stuff and show off their unique hairless charm.


Xolo size


Let's circle back to the Xolo's ancient roots for a moment. In Aztec culture, these dogs held significant spiritual meaning. They were believed to have healing properties, with their warm bodies soothing aches and pains – who needs a heating pad when you've got a Xolo? More importantly, the Xoloitzcuintle was considered a guardian of the dead, tasked with guiding souls through the treacherous journey to Mictlan, the underworld. So, if you've got one of these pups by your side, you know you're in good paws!


Xolo aztec culture