15 Incredible Photos of the Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless Dog)

Check out this collection of Xoloitzcuintli photos. The Xolo is a strange-looking breed of Mexican hairless dog.

The Xoloitzcuintli, also known as the Xolo and sometimes spelled Xoloitzcuintle, is a Mexican hairless dog that might seem rather strange-looking at first glance — especially when it has a little bit of hair atop its head so that it looks like a Gremlin.

The Xolo is friendly, outgoing and obedient. The breed was declared a Peruvian national heritage and is recognized as originating from there. The Xolo is related to Hispanic history and is looked to by Peruvians as an icon of their culture.

These dogs are expensive, and to have one in Peru or Mexico is a symbol of social status.

The correct way to pronounce the name is: “show-low-its-queen-tlee.”

1. Standing proud.

By: Kristine Lacoste/Petful

2. Give us a kiss.

Photo: Petful

3. Here is a litter of Xoloitzcuintli puppies. Look at all those wrinkles!

Here is a litter of Xoloitzcuintli puppies. Look at all those wrinkles! Photo: Xugardust/Flickr
Photo: Xugardust/Flickr

4. A Xolo in your lap.

A xolo in your lap. Photo by yuki cat/Flickr
Photo: yuki cat/Flickr

5. Xolo on the couch.

Xolo on the couch. Photo by Guanatos Gwyn/Flickr
Photo: Guanatos Gwyn/Flickr

6. Xoloitzcuintli puppy! So cute.

Xoloitzcuintli puppy! Photo by ccho/Flickr
Photo: ccho/Flickr

7. Backstage at the Westminster Dog Show

Xoloitzcuintli, backstage at the Westminster Dog Show, 2012. Photo by Sarah Blakemore/Pets Adviser
Photo: Petful

8. This Xolo is named “Armani” — 10/10!

Xoloitzcuintli "Armani," from the 2012 Westminster Dog Show.
Photo: Petful

9. This odd-looking Xolo is striped like a zebra. (It’s baby powder.)

Xoloitzcuintli - dog striped like a zebra
Photo: xolita/Flickr

10. This one lives in Peru. How exotic!

Xoloitzcuintli picture
Photo: Carlos Adampol/Flickr

11. This Xoloitzcuintli was painted with white grease paint for an All Souls parade. Spooky, no?

xolo hairless halloween costume
Photo: peppergrasss/Flickr

12. This poor thing was being held at a zoo in Mexico. ?

Xoloitzcuintli pix
Photo: anaroza/Flickr

13. The photographer of this next picture says this was the only Xoloitzcuintle he had ever seen in Mexico.

Xoloitzcuintle hairless dogs - photo gallery
Palo Mikel/Flickr

14. This is Canek. Are these Mexican hairless dogs cute or what?

Xoloitzcuintle photos
Photo: Micyaotli/Flickr

15. This guy was spotted at a “Meet the Breeds” event. The Xoloitzcuintli (good luck pronouncing it!) is a strange breed, indeed.

Mexican hairless dog photo
Photo: ccho/Flickr

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