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Mexico City: The Naked Dogs

While we were visiting the home of Dolores Olmedo (see more of this visit in a forthcoming post) in Mexico City recently our guide pointed out a stature of a local breed of dog known locally as the ‘naked dog’ called Xoloitzcuintle or Xolo for short. The weird thing was that around the statue were 5 or 6 real hairless dogs just sitting motionless by the statue!  We initially thought that they were all statues until a couple of them moved!

They had a sort of cuteness about them and soon we were all saying how we would like to take one home!

The Mexican hairless dog has been known in Mexico for around 3,000 years, sometimes living as hunting companions and other times being used for food!  They have appeared in art and artifacts since the Aztec civilisations.

We saw a couple of these dogs in the street with their owners, being kept as pets – they are really friendly and kind of cute!
I visited Mexico City as a guest of The Mexico City Tourist Board. I was not required to write a positive review and as usual all opinions and photos are my own.



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