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Buying or Adopting a Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless)

By Michele Welton, Dog Trainer, Behavioral Consultant, Author of 15 Dog Books

Xoloitzcuintli

Interested in the Xoloitzcuintli? Read each post on this page. Make sure the breed is right for you (and that YOU are right for the breed). Decide on sex and age. Then begin the exciting adventure of finding and evaluating breeders and rescue groups and selecting the right Xolo. Don't be in a hurry!



Don't set your sights on the Xoloitzcuintli until you read my advice in these posts.

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Is a Xoloitzcuintli the right breed for you?

Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless) Review
I'll tell you what's good about 'em, and what's bad about 'em... most honest review you'll ever find

Are YOU the right owner for a Xolo?

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 Xoloitzcuintli, 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 Xoloitzcuintli 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 Xolo to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Xoloitzcuintli, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Which sex? What age?

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

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Where can you buy or adopt a Xoloitzcuintli?

The Xoloitzcuintli 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 Xolo ranks 139th. It can be hard to find this breed.

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
You might occasionally find a Xoloitzcuintli 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.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
I've never heard of a Xoloitzcuintli found in an animal shelter. Hairless dogs, yes, 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 or Mexican Hairless.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Xoloitzcuintli from a show breeder, who breeds Xolos to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Xoloitzcuintli 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!

Which puppy?

Symbols for male and female Choosing the Right Xoloitzcuintli Puppy
How to test the temperament and personality of Xoloitzcuintli puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.

Girl hugging a dog AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you buy only an AKC registered Xoloitzcuintli puppy? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?

Dog Quest book Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams
My dog buying/adoption book will help you find a good-tempered, healthy family companion.

Michele Welton with BuffyAbout the author: Michele Welton has over 40 years of experience as a Dog Trainer, Dog Breed Consultant, and founder of three Dog Training Centers. An expert researcher and author of 15 books about dogs, she loves helping people choose, train, and care for their dogs.

To help you train and care for your dog

dog training videos Dog training videos. Sometimes it's easier to train your puppy (or adult dog) when you can see the correct training techniques in action.

The problem is that most dog training videos on the internet are worthless, because they use the wrong training method. I recommend these dog training videos that are based on respect and leadership.

book coverRespect Training For Puppies: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved puppy. For puppies 2 to 18 months old. Your puppy will learn the 21 skills that all family dogs need to know.
If your dog is over 18 months, you'll want book coverRespect Training For Adult Dogs: 30 seconds to a calm, polite, well-behaved dog. Again your dog will learn the 21 skills that all family dogs need to know.
book coverTeach Your Dog 100 English Words is a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your adult dog to listen to you and do what you say.
book cover11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy helps your dog live a longer, healthier life.
book coverDog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams will help you find a good-tempered, healthy family companion.