Xoloitzcuintli-Aztec dog of the underworld

Mexican hairless dog

I really love dogs! Especially this dog, not because it is different, but the history on it is pretty intriguing!

Painting called “The Xolo marionette”

The xolo, is a hairless dog that comes in miniature, and standard sizes, they can cost anywhere from $600-$1,000 bucks. They are the official dog of Mexico. The word Xolo refers to the god, Xotol. In Aztec mythology, gods of lightening and death. These dogs are made to guard the living and guide the souls of the dead, through what they called Mictlan. The god, Xotol, gave instructions to guard and love this dog and in return it will guide men through safely into the underworld. Some people say, it also has healing qualities. The famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, has pictures of her and her xolo’s.

Frida Kahlo, a great artist during the depression

To the Aztecs, these dogs were considered a delicacy and eaten at weddings, and funerals. Their value in ancient native cultures is evident by the artifacts found in archaeology. The archaeologists have found many drawings on the walls of caves.

This dog dates back 3,500 years ago, back to when the Aztecs lived, and has been found by archaeologists, inside the tombs of not only Aztecs, but Colima, Maya’s, Toltecs and Zapotec.

A beautiful, shiny Xolo performing, they are very intelligent and easily trained.

They are very good at protecting their owner and are even-tempered. The body is rectangular in shape with a long neck. Since they are hairless, they are better indoors. They are easily trainable, but not to harshness.Very rarely do you see them in America, so if you happen to see one, that is a special treat!

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Published by Rossi

I am an artist, explorer and writer, I love history and archaeology. I love to research new territories and have a deep passion for ghost towns, and new places! I am also a mother to 2 grown kids!

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