When you think of cute dog breeds, you probably don’t think of a Mexican hairless dog. But we’re here to make you change your mind. Hairless dog breeds are often overlooked for those with thick, full coats, but these hairless dogs are just as cute as their furry counterparts. Here are five hairless dog breeds you didn’t know existed!
This dog breed may be one of the most difficult to pronounce (his “show-low-eats-queent-lee”), but it’s an interesting one. Xolo (or “show-low” for short), the Mexican hairless dog is originally from Mexico and descended from some breeds of dogs from the Old World.
They existed in Mexico for over 3,000 years. This race was considered sacred by the Aztecs. They believed that Xolo’s safely guided their master souls through the underworld. According to Aztec legend, the god Xolotl created this breed from a small piece of the Bone of Life – where all of humanity came from.
Xolotl gave this gift instructions to guard humanity and provide security against the dangers of Mictlan, the world of death. Some people in Mexico still believe this to be true !.
Chinese Hairless Dog
Despite its name, the Chinese Crested Dog did not come from China. They are actually descendants of Africa or Mexico but were reduced in size by the Chinese. The Chinese Crested Dog comes in two types: the Powderpuff and the Hairless.
The Powderpuff is the hairier of the two, but the amount of coat can vary on both breeds. They were bred as companions and the Chinese believe that this breed has healing powers. This is a breed unlike any other dog in that they hardly desire to go outside and play.
They lie with you for hours and have an innate talent for knowing what you are thinking. Chinese Cresteds are a social breed and bond quickly. However, they are foreign to strangers.
Argentinian Pila dog
The Argentine Pila dog dates back over 3000 years and is native to Argentina. During Spanish colonial times and into the 20th century, this breed was popular among the native middle class as well as peasant families.
It was at that time that they got the name, which is the colloquial Spanish term for “naked” or “hairless”. Their warm skin acted as bed warmers for the older people, especially those with rheumatism. Pilas was also highly regarded as watchdogs. Although rare today, breeders try to restore the breed.
Peruvian Inca dog
This unique looking breed dates back to pre-Inca times. Pottery from that area fully shows the Peruvian Inca dog. The Spanish conquest of Peru almost caused this breed to become extinct.
Luckily, they survived thanks to some rural residents who thought this hairless pup had mystical powers. The Peruvian Inca dog can be completely hairless or have a small piece of hair on the crown. They are known for being affectionate, loyal, playful and charming.
American Hairless terrier
Originating from the Rat Terrier, the American Hairless Terrier is a fairly rare breed. The breed’s history begins with Feists, mixed breed terriers brought to North America from Europe around the 18th century.
From there, the Rat Terrier was born by breeding Feisten to Italian Greyhounds, Beagles, and Miniature Pinschers. One litter of Rat Terriers produced a completely hairless pup, later called Josephine. She was the first American hairless terrier.
This breed is known for its intelligence, playful nature and alertness. They are also affectionate and good with children. American Hairless Terriers protect their families and can really sweat when they are scared or hot.
If you want to add a new member to your family, don’t count the hairless members! Not only are they uniquely cute, but they also make great companions. Just be ready for some confused looks as you head out of town.