Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Xoloitzcuintle puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Xoloitzcuintle

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Xoloitzcuintle the right breed for you?

Xoloitzcuintli: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Xoloitzcuintle Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Xoloitzcuintle?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (6-8 feet high, not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • Standard size: No very small dogs in the household
  • Standard size: No cats in the household
  • Toy size: Extra safety precautions – ongoing supervision and surveillance of what's going on around your Xoloitzcuintle, being careful where you step or sit, not allowing leaps from high furniture, keeping small objects off the floor so the dog can't choke, closing all gaps in fences and gates, etc.
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Xoloitzcuintle stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Xoloitzcuintli are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Xoloitzcuintle to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Xoloitzcuintle, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Xoloitzcuintle?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Xoloitzcuintle be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Xoloitzcuintle?

The Xoloitzcuintle is not a common breed in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, the Xoloitzcuintle ranks 139th. It can be hard to find this breed.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
You might occasionally find a Xoloitzcuintle available from a Dog Rescue group affiliated with the breed's national club. An owner might give up a Xolo because he doesn't like the look or feel of a hairless dog as much as he thought he would. Or perhaps the dog has a higher activity level than he expected, or chases other animals.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
I've never heard of a Xoloitzcuintle found in an animal shelter. Yes, hairless dogs are found there from time to time, but there are other hairless breeds (Chinese Crested, American Hairless Terrier, Peruvian Inca Orchid), so a hairless dog at a shelter might be mislabeled as a Xolo.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Xoloitzcuintle from a show breeder, who breeds Xolos to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Xoloitzcuintle from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Xoloitzcuintli are not seen very often in pet shops, but it's possible. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

Girl holding up a puppy and looking at him How To Choose a Good Xoloitzcuintle Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Xoloitzcuintle puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Xoloitzcuintle puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

book cover My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a good-tempered, healthy dog.

book cover My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, shows you how to help your dog live a longer life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.