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Xoloitzcuintle

The Xoloitzcuintle, or Xolo, is more commonly known as the Mexican Hairless Dog. For those who want to take a crack at the pronunciation, it sounds like: " show low eats queent lee."

History

Native to Mexico, the Xolo is thought to have existed for at least 3000 years. The Aztecs and the Mayans, among others, considered them sacred, believing that they were necessary to help the souls of their masters navigate the netherworld. They were also used as companion dogs, and some cultures, the Aztecs in particular, used them for meat, consuming huge quantities of them during feasts.
When Christopher Columbus travelled to the Caribbean, he made note of seeing strange hairless dogs on the islands, which eventually resulted in them being transported to Europe. For hundreds of years, the Xolo existed in its native Mexico, but there was little interest in cultivating the breed....

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