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Mexican Hairless Dog

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
  • pointed muzzle
  • 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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