Would the Mexican Hairless Dog make a good dog for me?
Behavior common of the Mexican Hairless (Toy)
The Mexican Hairless is well known as a dog that absolutely loves people. While they may be a bit aloof around those they do not know well or strangers, they are devoted to their families. They are known to attach themselves to one family member and stick by them. Whether it is a family of one or a large family, the Mexican Hairless will be devoted. They are very active dogs that need a lot of stimulation, both physical and mental, in order to keep them calm and not get bored. This is a dog that needs to walk as well as play. Just playing outside is often not enough for this breed, so daily walks should become an important part of your exercise routine to burn energy and help with the overall behavior of the dog.
While a Mexican Hairless is a smart dog, they must be trained and trained early. You need to be consistent in your training methods and style so the dog does not take over the training and thwart your efforts. They respond well to a rewards-based training system with food or praise and they love training that keeps them interested and challenged.
Since this breed likes to be around family, if you work long hours this may not be the breed for you. Also, the Mexican Hairless is not great for colder climates, particularly when it comes to housetraining. You may have trouble getting the dog to go outside in colder weather, mostly in the winter months.
Appearance of the Mexican Hairless (Toy)
The Mexican Hairless has a very distinct look and appearance. They are dark in color, wrinkled and look naked. They do have some very short hairs, usually on the top of their heads and sometimes on the tip of their tails, but that is about it as far as hair goes. They have very slender muzzles, wide-set ears and long necks. Even though they are small, they have very broad and muscular backs and strong legs.
There are typically three varieties of the Mexican Hairless – the Miniature, the Toy and the Standard. The Toy is generally smaller than thirteen inches tall and weighs less than thirteen pounds. As the name indicates, they generally have no hair on their bodies and they give off a lot of body heat, so they are great for the lap or feet.
Grooming your Mexican Hairless (Toy)
Since it is hairless, the Mexican hairless is pretty low-maintenance as far as grooming. They only need to be bathed about once a month and you do not want to over-bathe them and run the risk of skin infections or acne. You can apply a light layer of moisturizer after a bath to help their skin, but this should not be overused. Trim the nails just as you would for any other dog breed, when needed.
History of the Mexican Hairless (Toy)
The Mexican Hairless is also known as the Xoloitzcuintli and was primarily known only in Standard or Miniature form for thousands of years, dating back to the time of the ancient Aztecs. It was not until about 1950 when the Standard and Miniatures started to fade from existence and became very rare was there a revival of the breed and the Toy form was first established. The numbers of the breed in Mexico have begun to increase slowly and have grown in the United States as well but the dog breed is still rare in other parts of the world.