January 18, 2021

All about xoloitzcuintli the mexican hairless dog

My name is Kay Lawson. My candle name is as you and I’m the judges education coordinator for the show, Glee Club of America. I’m the guy that has the job of teaching judges what they should be looking for in my breed. show those are great pets for somebody who has a personality and a lifestyle where they can keep up with them. They are clean, because they either don’t have hair or they have a very short code. And it’s a single code. They don’t do a lot of shedding. They’re very, very loyal to their owner, once they bond. It’s a very deep personal spiritual bond. They are very anticipatory, and they can read their people very well. So they make very good therapy dog service dogs. Because they can kind of anticipate what you want. We have dogs that can smell they, they can smell for cancer. And we have dogs that work with seizure people, they are very strong willed, they are very intelligent. So they are not a first time dog for anybody. And you really need to have time to be with them. They require a lot of time, especially when you first get them they need very consistent training. In America, we say show though, it’s squeezy. In Mexico, it sounds more like squeak the end of it, show it loosely. It’s the same word, we just don’t pronounce it very good. This brain was not developed for anything it evolved in jungle, the first or the oldest dig that we’ve been able to find. Go back to Colima and in Mexico, and they have found them in the tune of royalty when they have set them up. But there’s been further study of dogs in Mexico.

So the archaeological digs show us that the dog started to evolve or change probably closer to 4000 years ago than we ever thought we used to tell people about 3030 500 years. But those those dogs now show that the breed was the way it is now with no hair 4000 years ago, and something happened in the jungle, I wasn’t there. I’ve heard the words skin pest used. So there was some kind of thing happening where it was advantageous for them to lose their hair. So it’s a natural process. It’s not manipulated, it’s very, very dominant in this breed. Even now, if a hairless show was to breed with another breed of dog, you would end up with hairless specimens of that breed. When it was lived with the indigenous people when when it first came out of the jungle, it would have had a very religious significance. It was something they had never seen before. And they would have been hairless encoded at that time, but they wouldn’t have regarded the coded variety, truly a show low. They believe that the dog was sent to take you to the afterlife. The name was derived from the God of the afterlife shadow, and it sweetly is what the word is in aspect for dog. So they would have kind of wanted the hairless ones to stay the same way kind of wolves kind of moved in with men. They threw things away the dogs came in, they ate so the dogs figured out if they stayed there, they could get food. And same time they guarded and they alerted when there was things that danger in the jungle. So it became a very cooperative relationship, when they first came out, it would have been in general a more medium sized dog. So either what we call now a large many or maybe a small standard over time, because they did start to make use of the dogs being there, they kept the smaller ones were village dogs, they would have been the ones that we call hot dogs, they would have eaten them in time, when they couldn’t find food. They also put them in the bed with the babies because they’re warm and it keeps your company same thing was sick people when you don’t feel good, there’s nothing like having a dog with you. And they kept the bigger ones to work with them and travel with them. Indigenous people survive by trade. So you went from the Inland Empire, you know the compounds there to the sea to trade for fish or shells. And those dogs that company do and probably pretty good size packs. So they hunted with them. They’ll put they’ll run game, you’ve got to see mind you that they were protection and a large pack, they would warn if something was coming,

you could give them as gifts,

Because that’s something indigenous people do they gift when they stay with people. So there’s nothing bigger that you can give as a guide to the afterlife. So you could give them if you got hurt and you didn’t have food, you could kill a dog and eat it. But it would have protected you from anything that might have preyed on you during your injury, you know, or being incapacitated. So eventually, yes, they all came to have purposes, the bigger ones traveled with the runners and and they they would have been used for guard dogs and the smaller ones were more in the village. The difference between modern breeding is that

we are trying to make them fit into a standard, which is the blueprint for dogs. So there is a standard and we all try to breed to match that where the dogs in the jungle wouldn’t have been put in any kind of direction. So they might have been a little bit more horse or a little bit heavier and body. We’re not we’re not really sure we can only go by the bones that we’ve seen in the digs, I think probably the wild show will had to have a lot of timing. And we see that in our breed. But it isn’t like it would have been in the jungle, you wouldn’t have been able to survive unless you were cooking all the time, everything was working. Some of the dogs I don’t know, if you noticed will use their ears, they will turn them back and forth, and they can put them completely flat or they’ll throw them all the way up in the air. Those ears worked in the jungle kinda like satellite,

you had to be able to hear if something was coming for you.

So you were still a prey animal, even though you were pretty good size. Also, you needed all those senses to be able to chase smaller thing. So I think they probably would have been slightly more sturdy, like

maybe a little bit heavier.

Shoulders didn’t have to run game, like the proving ankle Orca has to actually get out and run something down. So I think they would have been a little heavier, maybe a little more we say clunky, or course, I think over time breeding to keep them all kind of uniform and stuff has made them maybe a little bit more elegant looking, possibly. But it kind of were preservation breeders. So we’re trying to keep them as true as what we can find in history show those were first recognized in the

1800s. I think it was in 1886 that the first little dog got a championship. And they were known as Mexican hairless. And at that time, the breed standard did not include the standard size, they only included minis and toys, a range of size in there.

And in the 50s 40s or 50s, the number was so low and there was no interest in the breed. And there was just no breeders, probably because there was no bloodlines. They just dropped them out. So then it was up to the group that continued on interest in that breed to keep studbooks and to keep the records and to try to find the old information on them. And of course, tons of history went in at that time to finding out what was happening in Mexico with them. What sizes did they have? What did their standard say?

What do we know from history was the size of the dog.

So they were reintroduced in 2011. I think we got full recognition back into AKCBAKC standard calls for three sizes, the toy is 10 inches and up to including 14 inches. The miniature size we call the minis is 14 up to and including 18 inches, and the standard size is over the 18 and up to and including 23 and three quarters at 24 they are too tall for the breed and that is a disqualification. Primarily the reason we’ve got into the breed or at least I got into the breed why there’s a parent club was the hairless variety. A coated show could be mistaken as something else. And they have a very common look amongst street dogs in all countries. The trickier look the kind of wedge shaped head, the rectangular body and the short code that’s very common anywhere you go in the world and you see street dogs they all sort of revert to that kind of look shows that there’s probably a lot of primitive breeds all mixed in there. When you breed show lows you can breed hairless to hairless and you will still get coated show lows and and then if you read coded to hairless you are definitely going to get hairless. I mean a coded show lows and if you go coated coated you will only get coated show loves breeding coded Dakota kind of defeats the purpose of having a hairless breed. So in my opinion, but it is allowed to do that. These dogs can be a little bit shy, they can be aloof, they are not ever supposed to be

aggressive. Don’t

forget, when a Casey writes a standard, it’s what they expect to see at a dog show. The reality is you have a very primitive survival. They are very intelligent. So they pick up on everything whether you’re trying to teach them that or not. they anticipate everything. So they will often come to a conclusion before you headed there which often gets them in trouble. If you don’t keep them exercise, keep them trained and entertain, they will entertain themselves. And more often than not, they’re doing something you don’t want them to do. They can be manipulative, and they are primitive Guardian type animals. So their natural instinct at home is going to be to alert if there’s danger or a stranger. And the bigger ones tend to be guard dogs, they they do want to guard at a dog show you should never have an aggressive dog.

They can be aloof but they shouldn’t be afraid. They’re like every other dog. If you give them what they need. They give it back tenfold and you have a really nice stuff. There are other breeds that you show low DNA to help them.

We didn’t deliberately add dogs into the show breed in that long of a history. There were other breeds that got mixed

in. When the Spaniards came, they came with the big dogs of war. And they were loose.

and show those were not kept in kennels back then. So if there was a female and he they would have bred in when the dogs traveled with their owners, a farm dog or something like that, if you brought a female and she was in heat, or somebody came to your village and they had a dog, there was lots of breeds that got mixed in. But the dogs the show breedalways goes back to what it looks like. I do think that the Peruvian. Eva orchid, those two breeds are related in South America all the way down through all the countries they have naturally occurring hairless stuff in I think it’s Argentina, they have a coat Hello, I can’t say KHALO mahalo or something like that. And there’s other dogs in the other countries that don’t have hair.

I think that’s from the trade with the show low and the Indians because there’s no lines for Indians in the sand. So they would have taken these dogs wherever they traveled to. A good Pet Home for a show low is somebody that is active, they need good exercise, they need a little bit of room to roam around. So a nice fence property is good. You don’t have to have a huge property as long as you make sure you get out, walk with your dog or entertain them. You don’t have to show to keep a dog entertain, there’s a million other things you can do hiking and river hiking in the mountains.

There’s barn hunt, and all kinds of activities that engage not only the body, but the mind. Because the mind in this dog is the thing you have to keep in shape. You don’t pay attention to how they’re developing in that you end up with a dog that’s out of control. And and you got to see today, they’re pretty big, they’re very strong. And even dogs that have been raised by me that I’ve had since they came out of the womb. They tell me what they expect me to do. They’ve got me well trained. There, the house issues usually pop up over time and a breed. So we’re relatively young, and the parent club was cognitive of the fact we would start to see things pop up, there was just no real good bread, medical records. Not even we never heard anything from Mexico about what they saw. So for the AKC tests, we recommended that you have your hips OFA, they take pictures and make sure the hip socket is good. So they don’t hip dysplasia. We asked minis and toys to check patella, which is the knee joint, they tend to look say in the smaller ones. We have their eyes check to make sure they’re not passing down genetic problems. And we ask that you do cardiac testing. Simply because this is a dog that is a full bore dog needs lots of exercise, we want to make sure we have healthy hearts. Also, we know for a fact in their history at some point in time that they use Manchester terriers. And they use men pins to solidify the sizes.

They use men pins with toys to solidify that size. And they use Manchester terriers to solidify that middle size. That doesn’t mean every breeder did that well known breeders who have dogs everywhere in the world did that. And those two breeds, we know there are problems, one of which is von Hildebrand. So that’s a big caution to watch for thing in our breed. And we haven’t seen that. Generally, when people call or need help, generally, it that we’re having hip problem where it’s starting to escalate, the more dogs that are bred, the more you’re going to see it. So we have seen hip problems in Mexico to get a champion you have to get the OF a test done. So you can show your dog but if they can’t pass that test, they won’t give you the championship. So we got lucky in that we imported a lot of dogs Mexico, so they had already started that health testing.

We’ve seen a little bit of hard problems, but now with the new dog foods that are causing the cardio, my apathy or the dilated part of the heart. We don’t know if it’s in the breed or if it’s in the dog food, we’re not seeing a lot of it so we’re better Fingers crossed food. Well, there each dog is very individual. So skincare is strictly by the by the dog. There are puppies that are born that have absolutely no hair, they don’t even have eyelashes, they might never get one blemish. There’s other puppies that have hair on top of their head or their feet. Some puppies are pretty hairy all over their body. The more hair they have means they have open hair follicles, which then gathers oil dead skin, so that can start to cause Blackett. As adolescents through each hormonal change, they will have breakouts where oil builds up under the skin. And it wraps up and it’s just like blackheads Whitehead’s that we get.

So what I tell my puppy owners is Hang on, you’ve got a year, a year of adjusting to this, you’re going to see a breakout we’re going to get through the breakout will clear it up. Four or five months later, when we go through the next hormonal change, we’re going to have another one.

It’s an individual to the dog. I’ve been in it now for 20 years. So I’ve done every every potion you can imagine. We use an antibacterial soap and we watch them just to get that off of their again, if they’re having an acne breakout. We have used acne like stripe x the acne soap and stuff usually for face. Neutrogena makes a good one. If the breakout gets really bad, we do ask that they go and have their skin tested. Because they don’t have any protection, they can get bacterial infections that get under the skin and they can get staph infections. But for the most part, it’s just about giving them a good scrub now and then not overdoing it because you’ll make the skin produce more oil. And not using heavy oil Vonda. We do put when it’s real hot like this, they get actually they get dry. So we do use oil. Some people like coconut oil, some people like almond oil, the recommendation is no heavy oils, because that just blocks those pores mix that word and you have a around nine months to 12 months, you’ll start to see it really slow down. And as adults, my dogs just really don’t have it. We would tell people about 15 to 17 years. would be a normal lifespan of a healthy dog. But everything should be Keep, keep them active, feed them good food, you know that’s going to lengthen out your time with them that the where it lives is going to dictate how much time it can be outside. I do I believe it’s mentally good for them to be outside.

I know there’s people who don’t let their dogs go out at all. They’re worried about getting them or people stealing them. As we encroach on nature we have coyotes getting yards.

As far as being able to handle the weather, they can handle pretty good heat. They come from a very, you know hot area, they can handle heat pretty good. They love to bake in the sun. Often you will have to call the show in when they’re out sunbathing, because they just conk out in the sun and just lay out there don’t matter how does. And they come back in panting and they’re hot, but they love the sun, they love to just soak that up, they will go out and play in the snow 20 minutes or so. And then they come back as their feet are cold.

If you live in Canada, you have six months of winter. So obviously they’re not going to be out there and they can’t be left out with that kind of snow. A new pet owners adjustment is going to be in that first. The first time when you bring them in. You can’t leave stuff out. All puppies chew on stuff you have to be cognitive that amp it up tenfold should know versus out no shoes out, I tell my clients roll up your rugs if you can roll your rugs up and get them off your floor, put them up in the rafters you don’t want to leave anything where they can chew. And they cannot be unsupervised. They eat the furniture, coffee table corners will disappear. They’ll tear up your couch, delete the coroner’s office cabinets in the kitchen. So you have to have time to supervise them. The hairless ones are fairly clean, obviously, you don’t have to deal with the shading and stuff like that. their tails are very muscular. And they’re like a whip. So if you’re used to having a lot of decorations on coffee tables, that’s got to go. They are very unusual. I mean, if you have the time to train, and and the patients because has to be firm every day, they will ask you every day are the rules from yesterday, still in place for about a year. And then they’ll push they’ll see how far those rules really did.

You really mean I couldn’t do this. And they’ll do it anyway, even though you’ve just told them not to do it. So you have to have patience, and you have to have a very good routine. And you have to be able to give them exercise. They are loyal like no dog I’ve ever known. Their every breed of dog has its loyalty to its owner, every dog owner in the world will tell you why their dog is special and how they are. You have to live with the show to understand how different they are. They they the way they have they cognitive thing. they anticipate you. They’re constantly searching inside of you. There’s nothing like sitting and looking over and your dog staring at you because it feels like they can look right inside of you. And I’m biased obviously, this is my breed I love this breed it will be my last breed. But the indigenous people thought they were spiritual. And I can understand that in the modern day why they feel that way. They know when you’re sick and they will take care of you. They know when I am going to get a migraine before I know and they will start to do behaviors that tell me I need to get myself in a place where I can sit down and just conk out. The loyalty is to death and that causes in some of them anxiety, they just can’t stand to be without you. They want their person once they become secure in the fact that you’re not going to go away. They’re not deserted. They haven’t been put out in the yard they’re not whatever, then they’re more independent. But there’s just something about that is beyond other dogs I’ve ever been around it there they are good dogs but they’re not for everybody.