Sunday, December 30, 2018

Mexican Hairless Dog

The Mexican hairless dog, known as the xoloitzcuintle or xolo from the Nahuatl language, is a hairless breed of dog. A genetic study of the modern xolo determined it is a result of breeding with domestic dogs brought by pre-Columbian indigenous Americans from Asia with European herding dog breeds from the time after Columbus. 
Sign in the Dolores Olmedo Museum grounds.
Statue of a xolo at the musuem.
Another statue of the dog, made out of lava.
Archaeological evidence points to the xolo being over 3,500 years old, extent with the Mayans and Aztecs. They were considered sacred and a great delicacy consumed for sacrificial purposes such as marriages and funerals. 
Xolo at the Dolores Olmeda Museum. I had an opportunity to pet it and it was very friendly. 
The journals of Christopher Columbus in 1492 refer to a strange hairless dog.  
Live xolo next to a statue of a xolo.
I saw these xolos at the Doloros Olmedo Museum in Xochimilco, outside Mexico City. 

1 comment:

  1. This was a really awesome animal to see, and even more exciting because of the tie-in to the movie Coco.They really are weird animals!