xolosA hairless breed of Mexican dog known as Xoloitzcuintles (show-low-eets-KWEENT-les, commonly called Itzcuintles in Mexic and Xolos elsewhere) is growing in popularity. The dog’s history is said to “date back to the Aztecs” (whatever that means). Near extinction, it was rescued by a group who rounded up enough dogs from remote mountain villages to launch a breeding program.

Being hairless, the dogs aren’t suited for very cold or hot weather. But they would be good for asthmatics and people with allergies.

Okay, they’re hairless, but are they barkless? The conquistadors were fascinated by a native American dog that did not bark. As far as I know, those dogs are extinct. I assume this is a different species — if anyone knows, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail.

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo owned a Xolos. You can get your own for up to $2500 for a show dog.

More information at the Cool Dog Hall of Fame. The image is a detail from an image from a page called Itzcuintlan Xoloitzcuintlis — such a cool name, I’d change mine to that if it weren’t already taken. Sure I would. Surprisingly, for some reason the site’s url is not www.itzcuintlanxoloitzcuintlis.com but www.xolos-mexico.com.