Monday, 1 February 2010

Mexican Hairless Dog


Frida Kahlo owned a Xoloitzcuintle or a Mexican Hairless as you can see on one of her self portraits in the picture. This breed was considered an earthly form of the god Xolotl, whose task it was to accompany souls to their final resting place. For this reason, the Aztecs would sacrifice a Xolo in order to be buried with it. Owners also slept with this breed for warmth. For a long time people thought the Xolo had a higher body temperature, however it only feels that way due to its hairlessness. This breed was also eaten due to the popular belief that it had curative powers for various physical problems such as arthritis. In addition, the Xoloitzcuintle was a convenient source of protein. The ancient people raised herds of this breed, fattened the young for the market which were sold for food. The Xolo remains a rare breed, even in Mexico.

4 comments:

Winchester whisperer said...

He looks very sweet. I think Obama should have had one of those.

Eurodog said...

I agree, WW, he looks sweet but I think the poor thing would be perpetually shivering if it lived in our climate.

Winchester whisperer said...

Oh I hadn't thought of that - he'd have to have a wardrobe of colourful coats!

Mr Eurodog said...

Now I understand the origin of the title of Somerset Maughan's shocking short story, "The Hairless Mexican".