Three forms of this breed are now recognized: the Standard (shown here), the Miniature, and the smaller Toy version. There is also a so-called “Powder-puff’ version of each size, which does have a coat of hair but cannot be exhibited. The Mexican Hairless has a noble stance, not unlike that of a sight hound, and the build of a terrier.
History of Mexican Hairless
Utilized as bed-warmers, pets, and, less comfortingly, as ritual sacrifices, this dog was widely kept in ancient Aztec settlements.
A breeding programme initiated by the Mexican Kennel Club in the 1950s saved this dog from certain extinction. They are, however, still quite scarce, even today.
Identification keys of Mexican Hairless
traces of hair apparent on top of head
ears positioned laterally and kept erect when dog is alert
straight paralell forelegs
tip of tail shows traces of hair
long, slightly arched nech
firm, broad, well-muscled back
exposed skin is susceptible to sunburn
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