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The Xoloitzcuintle, or Xolo, is a hairless dog breed that has been part of Mexican history and culture for more than 7,000 years. Pronounced ‘Show•luht•skweent•lay’, the name comes from the god Xolotl, who was the twin brother of Quetzalcoatl and the ruler of fire, lightning, and death. Xolotl created the Xolos from the Bone of Life and gave them to humans as guardians and guides. It was believed that the Xolos could help the spirits of the dead cross the dangerous river in the underworld, Mictlan, and reach their final destination. The Xolos were also associated with healing, protection, and good luck.

The Xolos were revered by the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican peoples, but they faced a threat of extinction when the Spanish arrived. The colonizers saw the Xolos as a source of food and a symbol of pagan religion, and tried to eradicate them. The Xolos survived in the remote areas of Oaxaca and Guerrero, where they kept their ancestral traits.

In the 20th century, the Xolos were rediscovered and rescued by Mexican artists and intellectuals, such as Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo, who adopted them as a national icon & a sign of their indigenous heritage. They also featured them in their paintings & photographs. The Xolos were recognized as a Heritage of Mexico City in 2016, and are now valued for their unique appearance and personality.

The Xolos are loyal, intelligent, affectionate dogs, who bond strongly with their owners. They are said to have a sixth sense and a spiritual connection with their human companions.

The Xolos are more than just dogs, they are a living link to the ancient past and a reflection of the diverse and rich culture of Mexico. They are a reminder of the power of resilience and the beauty of diversity. They are a gift from Xolotl, who watches over them and their owners. If you are good to dogs, the Xolos will protect you and guide you in this life and the next.

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