Mexican Hairless

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The Full Mexican Hairless Description

The Mexican Hairless Dog is a rare, hairless breed of dog whose size varies greatly. It is also known as Xoloitzcuintle.

Indicative  Breed Standard

General Appearance

Complete or almost complete lack of hair, with a smooth and soft skin. Body slightly longer than high. Females may be slightly longer than males.

Characteristics

A quiet and tranquil dog.                       

Temperament

Happy, alert and intelligent, a good companion. Aloof with strangers.

Head and Skull

Viewed from above the skull is wide, strong and clean with a slightly defined occipital crest. Slight but definite stop and tapering straight muzzle with moderately developed cheeks. Nose dark in dark coloured dogs, brown or rose in blonde and bronze coloured dogs and spotted in spotted dogs. Lips tight.

Eyes

Medium sized and almond shaped. Colour varies according to skin colour, ranging from black, through shades of brown, to amber and yellow, but as dark as possible preferred.

Ears

Always erect, carried obliquely. Long, large, of delicate texture and very elegant.

Mouth

Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck

Rather long, slightly arched and very elegant. Skin tight and firm.

Forequarters

Shoulders well laid back with flat muscles.  Good angulation between shoulder and upper arm. Elbows strong and held close to the chest, never turning outward. Straight legs of good length.

Body

Strong build. Back level and perfectly straight with strong, well muscled loin. Chest deep and long reaching to the elbows. Moderately arched ribs carried well back. Gentle tuck up.

Hindquarters

Sloping croup with rounded rump which is solid and muscular. Well angulated. Hindlegs well muscled and straight, set apart.

Feet

Long and compact with tufted hair. Pads strong and resilient. Nails black in black dogs, lighter coloured in bronze or blonde dogs.

Tail

Long, thin and tapering from the base to the tip. When moving, held in a curve but never touching the back. At rest, hangs with a hook at the end.

Gait/Movement

Moves with long, free and elegant strides. At a fast trot, the head and tail held high.

Coat

Hairless although there are some tufts of harsh hair on the forehead and back of the neck that may be any colour but should not reach great length. It is common to find hairs on the feet and end of the tail.

Colour

Solid, uniform and dark colours are preferable. Black, dark grey, red, liver, bronze and blonde. There are also spotted dogs of any colour including white spots.

Size

Miniature: 25-35cms (9.75-13.75ins)
Intermediate: 36-45cms (14.25-17.75ins)
Standard: 46-60cms (18-23.5ins)

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