5 Native Mexican Dog Breeds: Xolo, Chihuahua & More (2023)

Mexico is home to the world’s freshest avocados, finest tequila and biggest fiestas. It’s one of the most interesting countries in the world. But did you that the country is also home to some of the most unique native Mexican dog breeds?

In fact, there are 5 amazing Mexican dogs that the country has gifted us. And while they come in all shapes, colors and sizes, they have the temperaments that live up to the lively and festive fiestas that Mexico is so famous for.

You may be wondering, just five? Although Mexico hasn’t produced as many dogs as say, Germany, the 5 Mexican dog breeds make up for it with their awesomeness. Read on to learn which native breeds come from our neighboring North American country.

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Native Mexican Dog Breeds

All 5 native Mexican dog breeds include the Chamuco, Chihuahua, Xoloitzcuintli, Chinese Crested and the Calupoh. And although the Chihuahua may be the most popular Mexican dog, the Xolo is the national dog breed of Mexico.

1. Chamuco

Highlights: Brave, Confident, Protective

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The Chamuco, also known as the Mexican Pit Bull, is undeniably the most ferocious and muscular of the Mexican breeds. They’re literally called “The Devil” in Spanish, which shows just how intense and feared this breed is.

Although the Chamuco is rare and near-extinct, this legendary canine is still extremely popular among Mexican folklore and urban legends. While many of those stories refer to the actual devil, Chamuco dogs often make an appearance.

The first thing that strikes you is the eerie resemblance to the American Pit Bull Terrier. But it’s not so surprising considering they were bred by crossbreeding the American Bulldog, Mexican Bulldog, Staffy, and of course, the Pit Bull Terrier.

Unfortunately, Chamuco dogs are not popular house pets in Mexico. Instead, they’re bred to participate in illegal underground dog fights. It’s really a shame because they have the potential to make splendid pets with proper training.


  • Chamuco means “devil” in Spanish. However, it’s also slang to describe a mischievous person (or dog, in this case).
  • You can’t actually buy a Chamuco in a pet store in Mexico. In fact, breeding this dog is frowned upon because of their association with dog fights in Mexico.
  • In 1970, they were developed in Mexico through cross-breeding more than 7 dog breeds, including Mexican street dogs.

Chamuco Temperament

Surprisingly, the Chamuco can actually develop a favorable temperament when properly trained, while being raised in a loving environment. With their family, Chamucos are extremely friendly and love being included in all family activities.

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Needless to say, Chamuco dogs are always brimming with confidence, whether around family members or strangers.They’re intelligent enough to interpret a stranger’s intentions, making them some of the top guard and watchdogs Mexico has to offer.

What’s even more surprising is their playful nature with children. Like with the Akita Inu, the Chamuco is believed to have an affinity towards kids. But even so, you should always exercise caution when letting a child play with a Chamuco.

But what about all the aggressive Chamuco dogs in dog fights? It’s likely hey weren’t properly socialized. Because of the Chamuco’s dominant personalities, training and socialization is more crucial than ever. It is just unfortunate situation for the Chamucos bred to fight.

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2. Chihuahua

Highlights: Loyal, Charming, Alert

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The Chihuahua is undeniably the most popular and iconic dog breed from Mexico. But it’s no surprise they’ve been exported worldwide. They’re small, spunky, loyal with a lot of sass. If you’ve ever met a Chihuahua in your life, I’ll bet you probably have been barked at.

These toy lap dogs come in at less than 6 pounds and sport their signature round “apple head.” And while Chihuahuas are little dogs, they have big attitudes and don’t easily shy away from dogs much bigger than them.

What’s most interesting about the Chihuahua breed is the variety. For example, you can find Chihuahuas of all colors, including: black, white, fawn, chocolate, gold, cream or a mix. Plus, some will have long hair, while others will have short hair.

In fact, it’s possible to find a hairless Chihuahua too! No matter what kind of lap dog you may be looking for, there’s a Chihuahua that’s perfect for you. The uniqueness of each and every Chihuahua is all part of their charm, and why they’re so popular.

Although Chihuahuas make excellent urban pets (in apartments or small space), they tend to feel the most comfortable in the lap of their owner. The most important part of raising a Chihuahua is giving them the attention and love they need.


  • The famed Taco Bell dog was a Chihuahua named Gidget. Unfortunately, she died from a stroke at age 15.
  • Prior to being universally recognized as Chihuahuas, these dogs were called “Texas dogs” and “Arizona dogs.”
  • According to Mexican folklore, Chihuahuas were believed to cure respiratory conditions, such as Asthma, by absorbing the ailment from their owner.

Chihuahua Temperament

The temperament and personality of a Chihuahua have been known to vary depending on the dog. Some will be timid, while others will be outgoing and loud. And despite Coren’s dog IQ rankings, these dogs are actually quite smart. They’re just stubborn.


Being affectionate and protective dogs, what’s constant is their love of humans, especially with their family. Chihuahuas are fiercely loyal and will often show it whenever a stranger gets too close to their loved ones.

However, if you can’t stand the barking, Chihuahuas are known to yap away at anything and everything. As the smallest purebred dog, Chihuahuas try to overcome their physical “shortfalls” by exhibiting some aggressive behaviors. We call this small dog syndrome.

When things are calm at home, they can be a little mischievous by nature. Nevertheless, the Chihuahua will provide you with an endless amount of fun entertainment. Their quirky personalities can really bring out the liveliness of these dogs.

But because of their pleasant temperament and the low maintenance, they are top options for a first time owner or novice trainer. As long as you can stand the barking and provide them with plenty of attention, a Chihuahua is one of the best lap dog options.

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3. Xoloitzcuintli

Highlights: Calm, Devoted, Alert

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TheXoloitzcuintli, or “Xolo” for short, is also referred to as the Mexican Hairless Dog. And it doesn’t take a genius to understand why. However, there’s so much more to these one-of-a-kind dogs than a hypoallergenic coat.

Xoloitzcuintli dogs are very intelligent. They also carry themselves in a graceful manner. They may not be as well known as the Chihuahua, but their colored history dates back to the age of the Aztecs. In fact, they were companions and watchdogs for the ancient civilization.

Xoloitzcuintli dogs come in three sizes: toy, miniature and standard. And despite popular belief, not all of them are hairless. It’s just that the hairless variety is the more popular and famous type, most likely due to the unique look.

It’s worth noting that the fur-coated Xolos have a sparse coat with short, flat hair. Plus, the hairless dog isn’t completely hairless, as they’ll often have slight fur on the head and legs. In some cases, the hair on the head resembles a “mohawk.”

Although some people may associate the lack of fur with poor health, the Xolos are actually some of the most robust dog breeds. It’s largely because of the thousands of years of breeding through natural selection (with little human intervention).


  • The Xolo dogs were considered sacred by the Aztecs. In fact, they were named after the Aztec god of lightning and death.
  • Indigenous people of Mexico believed that the Xolos were able to ward off evil spirits from entering their homes.
  • Evidence of this dog breed can be dated back over 3,500 years ago. These dogs were found in ancient tombs of the Mayans, Aztecs, Colimas, Toltecs and other ancient civilizations.

Xoloitzcuintli Temperament

The Mexican Hairless dogs are “people-dogs.” In other words, they love to be with familiar humans and love nothing more than to please. With the right environment and an affectionate family, there are few dogs better than theXoloitzcuintli.

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Xoloitzcuintlis are alert dogs that enjoy keeping watch over their pack. For this reason, it may take them a little bit of time to warm up to strangers. But on the plus side, it’s a big reason why they tend to make great watch dogs for families.

Xolos are extremely active dogs and require plenty of physical and mental stimulation on a daily basis. Like other active dogs, they can show destructive behavior without it. But when they aren’t getting in a workout, they can be relatively calm in the home.

TheXoloitzcuintli also makes great playmates for kids. Thanks to their protective nature, you can count on them to be a second pair of eyes. At the same time, they aren’t too fragile, though I’d still teach your kids how to respect these dogs before play time.

4. Chinese Crested

Highlights: Loving, Playful, Cheerful

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Wait, what? The “Chinese” Crested is a Mexican dog breed? Well, according to some of researchers, it’s true! Technically, the Crestie was developed from Mexico’s most ancient breed – the Mexican Hairless dog. At least, according to these researchers.

There’s a possibility that the early ancestors of the Chinese Crested were imported into China. Further breeding in China ultimately led to the modern Chinese Crested that we know and love today. So, you can argue that they’re from both Mexico and China.

But despite the unorthodox origin story, the Chinese Crested are fantastic toy dogs with a huge heart. They’re some of the best lap dogs and generally prefer to stay close to their owners. After all, they were developed for solely companionship.

Chinese Crested dogs can come in two varieties: Powderpuff and Hairless. However, the hairless is the dominant trait and thus, more popular. Powderpuffs are identical in temperament and personality, just with a soft and silky coat.


  • The winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog contest in 2003, 2004 and 2005 was a Chinese Crested named Sam. Sadly, he passed away after his last competition.
  • Chinese Crested dogs have sweat glands and, unlike other dog breeds, don’t necessarily require panting to cool down.
  • These dogs were popular dogs on Chinese ships in the 14th century. Their primary jobs were to hunt down rats and prevent the spread of the Bubonic Plague.

Chinese Crested Temperament

By now, you’ve probably realized they’re somewhat unusual dogs. For instance, one of the most unusual traits about the Chinese Crested is their love of heights. In a way they’re “like cats” and have often been described as feline dogs.

If your Chinese Crested can reach higher ground, it’s not unusual to see him attempt to get there. What’s more, these dogs won’t even want to go on walks. They’re truly home-body dogs that would rather be pampered on your lap.

A Chinese Crested is a true toy dog that loves nothing more than to play and lounge. They’ll do tricks, cuddle, and even obedience training, just to grab your attention. Like a good velcro-dog, your Crestie will never leave your side.

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If you’re in a household that houses cats or other dogs, they’ll get along just fine. They are not territorial nor aggressive dogs. Rather, Chinese Cresteds are sensible dogs and can make friends with just about anyone, including strangers!

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5. Calupoh

Highlights: Agile, Loyal, Dynamic

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As one of the rarest Mexican dog breeds, the Calupoh dog is also known as the Mexican Wolfdog. And as the name suggest, there’s some wolf in them. This unique hybrid dog was developed in the 1990’s by the crossbreeding of wild wolves and various dog breeds.

Though they were directly derived from wolves, they served many jobs in society. For example, Calupohs have been used as sheepdogs, cattle dogs and even companion dogs in Mexico. But even so, they’re most useful as guard dogs given their territorial instincts.

Calupohs are durable dogs with high endurance. They’re strong and agile and are to be feared in the canine kingdom. However, Calupohs are more balanced in temperament than the primitive wolf, as intended with the breeding process.

They have elongated legs that help them reach amazing speeds once in full stride. Their lean muscular frame gives them agility that can match that of a German Shepherd’s. In addition, a strong head, neck and skull make them overall powerful dogs.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much information that has been published about these wolf-like dog breeds. However even with the lack of information, they’re fascinating and easily one of the most interesting dog breeds to come out of Mexico.


  • The Mexicans have been crossbreeding dogs and gray wolves since the 16th century. They decided to start the Calupoh genetic project because of a “cultural rescue.”
  • A male Calupoh can reach up to 30 inches tall. For comparison, that’s roughly the height of a Leonberger or Great Pyrenees.
  • It’s fairly difficult breeding these dogs. Sometimes, there will be hiccups that produce Calupoh dogs with pink colored lips and eyelids.

Calupoh Temperament

Calupohs have very stable temperaments, which breeders made sure of during the breeding process. Though they aren’t ideal for new trainers or first-time owners, they’re relatively easy to handle with an experienced handler.

Like with wild wolves, the Calupoh is loyal to the pack, including human pack-members. And in a family setting, they’ll love their family like any other dog breed. Just because these dogs look like wolves, does not mean they’ll act like them.

The key to successfully raising a Calupoh at home is socialization and obedience. If, and only if properly socialized early on, can they can easily coexist and even thrive with other dogs in the family. Without question, the traits comes from the wolf’s pack-mentality.

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Most of the time, a Calupoh will play well with humans. They do appear to be aloof around strangers. So if you’re looking for a guard dog, or at least a deterrent, the Calupoh may be a great choice. Few burglars would dare mess with one.

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What is the native Mexican dog breed? ›

The Xolo is the national dog of Mexico. It was revered as a sacred dog by the Aztecs, Toltecs and Maya and was believed to be capable to ward off evil spirits, often buried with their families to travel with them to the underworld.

What is a very small Mexican breed of dog? ›

Chihuahua dog, smallest recognized dog breed, named for the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where it was first noted in the mid-19th century. The Chihuahua is thought to have been derived from the Techichi, a small mute dog kept by the Toltec people of Mexico as long ago as the 9th century ce.

What are the three Mexican dog breeds? ›

As we celebrate Mexican culture and heritage for Cinco de Mayo, we thought it would be fun to spend a little time learning about three unique dog breeds of Mexican origin: the Chihuahua, Mexican Hairless and Mexican Street Dog.

What is the big dog breed from Mexico? ›

About the Breed

The 3,000-year-old Xoloitzcuintli (pronounced "show-low-eats-QUEENT-lee"), the ancient Aztec dog of the gods, is today a loving companion and vigilant watchdog. The alert and loyal Xolo comes in three sizes, and in either hairless or coated varieties.

Is there a Mexican Chihuahua? ›

The Chihuahua or Spanish: Chihuahueño is a Mexican breed of toy dog. It is named for the Mexican state of Chihuahua and is among the smallest of all dog breeds. It is usually kept as a companion animal or for showing.
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What are the 2 famous dogs of Mexico? ›

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, we're celebrating two unique dog breeds that hail from Mexico! Put on your party hat – your sombrero – and meet the Chihuahua and the Xoloitzcuintli (or just Xolo for short!) Commonly referred to as New Yorker by the Mexicans, this popular breed originated in Mexico.

What is the sweetest small dog? ›

Maltese. The gentle, charming and glamorous Maltese dog weighs less than seven pounds and is part of the toy group. The AKC describes this most companionable of dog breeds as "typically very sweet and super affectionate with family."

What is a Mexican street dog called? ›

Mexican Street Dogs are commonly known as village dogs or callejeros ("street dogs") in Mexico. They tend to be good-natured but can sometimes be wary of people.

What is the white dog that all Mexicans have? ›

Sometimes known as the Mexican Hairless dog, the xoloitzcuintli (pronounced "show-low-itz-QUEENT-ly") gets its name from two words in the language of the Aztecs: Xolotl, the god of lightning and death, and itzcuintli, or dog.

Why do Mexican Chihuahuas live so long? ›

On average, you can expect your Chihuahua to live between 15 and 17 years. This can generally be attributed to their small size, low exercise needs, and the fact that chihuahuas are generally a healthy and resilient breed.

What kind of dog is Scooby Doo? ›

Scooby-Doo is a Great Dane. The character was designed by Iwao Takamoto, an animator at Hanna-Barbera. According to the American Kennel Club, Great Danes are "the mighty 'Apollo of Dogs,'" which is very unlike the silly and cowardly Scooby-Doo.

What 2 dog breeds make a Chihuahua? ›

While many historians believe the Chihuahua is a descendant of the Techichi, others believe it's a cross between the Techichi and a small hairless dog known as the Chinese Crested.

Is Chihuahua Aztec or Mayan? ›

When the Aztecs came into power, the nobility of that society owned the little dogs. These dogs were more than just companion animals. This dog was believed to have been bred with the Xoloitzcuintli, the Mexician hairless dog to produce the Chihuahua as we know it today.

Are Chihuahuas half wolf? ›

Scientists now say no.

What is a teddy bear dog? ›

Teddy Bear puppies are designer dogs, which means they are a mixed breed. These dogs are a crossbreed between the Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise breeds—that's where they get their good looks and small size! Of course, their cute looks and tiny size are just some of the traits that make this breed so irresistible.

What is the 2nd rarest dog breed? ›

2. Lagotto Romagnolo. Often mistaken as a poodle-cross, the curly-coated Lagotto Romagnolo is actually the world's oldest water retriever. Dating back to the Italian region of Romagna during medieval times, this beautiful rare dog breed was traditionally used as a working dog to fetch ducks from the marshlands.

What is the most popular dog in Cuba? ›

The dachshund (sometimes called the “wiener dog” after its sausage-like body) is one of the most popular breeds in Cuba, along with boxers, Afghan hounds, and Dalmatians. Of Cuba's estimated one million dogs, about half are thought to have owners.

What is the most loyal small dog? ›

Temperament: Chihuahuas are extremely loyal, and their pet parents are, too! In fact, people who have a Chihuahua often have more than one in their lifetime. Smart, brave, and loving, this breed will earn—and demand—your respect. Chihuahuas are protective (or overprotective) of their pet parents.

What dog will stay small forever? ›

Chihuahua. The Chihuahua is commonly known around the world as the smallest dog breed. Chihuahuas are one of the most popular of the smaller dog breeds. This breed is perfect for those that live in a small space.

What is the most humble dog? ›

10 Gentle Dog Breeds
  • Labrador Retriever. First off, the most popular family dog in the U.S., the Labrador Retriever. ...
  • Beagles. Beagles may be bred to hunt, but their fun-loving, affectionate personalities say otherwise. ...
  • English Bulldog. ...
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. ...
  • Irish Setter. ...
  • Poodle. ...
  • Pugs. ...
  • Golden Retriever.

What is the best cuddle dog? ›

Top 10 Dog Breeds to Cuddle
  • Pug.
  • Newfoundland.
  • Alaskan Klee Kai.
  • Bichon Frise.
  • Golden Retriever.
  • Brussels Griffon.
  • Boxer.
  • Jack Russel Terrier.
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What breed is the calmest dog? ›

  • Calm and Cuddly Dog Breed: French Bulldog.
  • Popular Calm Hypoallergenic Dogs: Standard Poodle.
  • Calm Small Dog Breed: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
  • Calm Medium-Sized Dog: Basset Hound.
  • Calm Large Dog Breed: Irish Wolfhound.
  • Gentle Giant Dog Breed: Saint Bernard.
  • Calm Dogs Who Don't Shed: Xoloitzcuintli.
Apr 16, 2021

What is a heartbreak dog? ›

Heartbroken dogs exhibit symptoms of depression; they may show signs like decreased appetite and water intake, loss of interest in humans and other dogs, sluggishness or laziness, and increased whimpering or moaning. Loss of a loved one, sudden change in lifestyle, or a move could be causes for this melancholic state.

What is a homeless dog called? ›

Street dogs may be stray dogs, pets which have strayed from or are abandoned by their owners, or may be feral animals that have never been owned.

What is a honey dog? ›

These animals, known to the locals as the "honey dogs", are called yellow-throated martens. Their nickname came from their obsession with honey. However, when they cannot find this gourmet, they would also eat small rodents and fruits. The yellow-throated marten is about the size of a fox and has a long body.

What is the #1 best dog? ›

The 11 best dog breeds, ranked
  1. Mixed Breeds. Adopt a mutt into the family.
  2. Labrador Retrievers. Labs' even temperaments make them incredibly useful as service dogs. ...
  3. Pembroke Welsh Corgis. Corgis love pleasing their owners. ...
  4. German Shepherds. German Shepherds are incredibly loyal. ...
  5. Beagles. ...
  6. Poodles. ...
  7. Huskies. ...
  8. Golden Retrievers. ...
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Which is the No 1 dog in the world? ›

The Labrador Retriever holds the top spot, and this friendly favorite has been No. 1 since 1991. Below, find ranked annual lists of AKC-recognized breeds.

What is the 1 most popular dog in the world? ›

1) Bulldog. According to Google Trends data, the Bulldog is the most popular dog breed in the world! This muscular, medium-sized dog has retained the crown it earned in our previous analysis.

What was the first dog in Mexico? ›

The oldest dogs in the Americas, Xolos have been around for millennia. Xolos have been around for at least 3,000 years. Archaeological evidence suggests they accompanied the first humans to cross the Bering Strait, then lived in the jungles of Mexico, where they were prized by ancient cultures.

What is the dog of Cuba? ›

The Havanese is the National Dog of Cuba and the country's only native breed (Havana = Havanese).

What is the Puerto Rican dog? ›

The Puerto rican sato

Satos (pronounced with a short A) are a type of dog rather than a breed. The name is Puerto Rican slang for “street dog,” but they are also known as Puerto Rican Found Dogs in the U.S. They are the homeless dogs, or urban free-ranging dogs, that live in Puerto Rican cities.

Can a dog be 3 different breeds? ›

A mixed-breed dog is a cross between three or more different dog breeds. Crossbreds are dogs with two different purebred parents. Often called “mutts,” they technically belong to no specific breed group.

What is the coolest dog breed in the world? ›

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  • 1 of 16 Borzoi.
  • 2 of 16 German Shepherd.
  • 3 of 16 Dogo Argentino.
  • 4 of 16 Catahoula Leopard Dog.
  • 5 of 16 Greyhound.
  • 6 of 16 Boerboel.
  • 7 of 16 Bull Terrier.
  • 8 of 16 Irish Wolfhound.
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Do Chihuahuas like to cuddle? ›

Known for their playful, affectionate, and heart-melting looks, the Chihuahuas love to cuddle with their beloved humans. They enjoy settling down in their owner's lap. As they are tiny in size, cuddling and snuggling provide them warmth and comfort, especially in cold climates.

How cold is too cold for Chihuahuas? ›

According to intermountainpet.com, small dogs like Chihuahuas and Yorkshire Terriers can typically deal with temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees. Owners should keep an eye on their dogs to see how they react to temperatures below that threshold.

Why are Chihuahuas the second most euthanized dog? ›

You may be surprised that Chihuahuas are actually the second most euthanized breed. However, it's not because of their behavior, but rather the constant over-breeding causing overpopulation of the breed. Because of this, shelters quickly run out of room for them, causing their days to usually be numbered.

What is the smartest dog? ›

  • Border collie. According to The Intelligence of Dogs, which ranks 131 dog breeds in terms of their relative intelligence, the border collie is the smartest dog breed known to man. ...
  • Poodle. ...
  • German shepherd. ...
  • Golden retriever. ...
  • Doberman pinscher. ...
  • Shetland sheepdog. ...
  • Labrador retriever. ...
  • Papillon.
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What dog lives the longest? ›

Australian Cattle Dog

An Australian Cattle Dog called Bluey holds the record for the longest-lived dog - reaching an incredible 29 years of age. The breed normally lives for around 15 years.

What is the cheapest dog? ›


What type of dog is goofy? ›

Anthropomorphic dog

Is Scooby Shaggy a dog? ›

He is a male Great Dane and lifelong companion of amateur detective Shaggy Rogers, with whom he shares many personality traits. He features a mix of both canine and human behaviors (reminiscent of other talking animals in Hanna-Barbera's series), and is treated by his friends more or less as an equal.

What is the female dog in Scooby-Doo? ›

Scooby-Dee is a female Great Dane, with white fur, first appearing in The Scooby-Doo Show. She was a character in the episode titled "The Chiller Diller Movie Thriller", as a distant cousin of Scooby's, who helped them solve the mystery.

What kind of dogs did Mayans have? ›

With a history going back more than 3,500 years, the xoloitzcuintli dog played a significant role in Precolumbian life. To the ancient Aztec and Maya, man's best friend was also a hairless, ugly-cute healer, occasional food source, and, most importantly, guide to the Underworld.

What breed of dogs did the Aztecs eat? ›

Above all the Aztecs enjoyed eating small, hairless, mute dogs brought to Aztec markets from the town of Acolman - the 'itzcuintli', a relative of the chihuahua (Pic 1).

What breed are Mexican street dogs? ›

The Mexican street dog carries not a pool but an ocean of genes, swirling currents mixing morphological characteristics of terrier, labrador, spaniel, poodle, German shepherd, pit bull, boxer, cattle dog, doberman, dachshund, basenji, beagle, huskie, ridgeback, and, yes, vizsla.

Is there such a breed as a Mexican street dog? ›

Mexican Street Dogs are commonly known as village dogs or callejeros ("street dogs") in Mexico. They tend to be good-natured but can sometimes be wary of people.

Did Mayans use Chihuahuas? ›

The significance of these canines is very different from that of almost all other breeds, however. Chihuahuas have an ancient past, holding a great deal of importance in Toltec, Maya, and Aztec cultures.

What dog is Teddy Bear? ›

Teddy Bear puppies are designer dogs, which means they are a mixed breed. These dogs are a crossbreed between the Shih Tzu and Bichon Frise breeds—that's where they get their good looks and small size! Of course, their cute looks and tiny size are just some of the traits that make this breed so irresistible.

What dogs were bred for slaves? ›

The Fila Brasileiro were bred and raised primarily on large plantations and cattle farms where they originated. In addition to cattle, jaguars, and other animals, these dogs were taught to chase down fugitive slaves. The first written standard of the breed was edited in 1946.

Did Aztecs breed Chihuahuas? ›

When the Aztecs came into power, the nobility of that society owned the little dogs. These dogs were more than just companion animals. This dog was believed to have been bred with the Xoloitzcuintli, the Mexician hairless dog to produce the Chihuahua as we know it today.

What is the popular dog in Mexico? ›

The Chihuahua is undeniably the most popular and iconic dog breed from Mexico. But it's no surprise they've been exported worldwide. They're small, spunky, loyal with a lot of sass.

What is the most common pet in Mexico? ›

According to Animal Health Bayer-Mexico marketing director Bruno Rodríguez Muñoz, most Mexicans prefer dogs, though cat ownership is on the rise. The furry division is split 80% dogs to 20% cats in terms of ownership of one of the two most popular household pets.

Are dogs treated well in Mexico? ›

Strays in Mexico

Stray dogs in Mexico are generally not treated very well, and the most common reaction of street dogs is to dodge when humans come close, probably a conditioned response to having been frequently kicked or stoned or hissed at to scat. One overblown fear is that you could catch rabies.

What is the official dog of Mexico? ›

Today, the xoloitzcuintli breed has regained its revered place in Mesoamerican history and culture. It is recognized as Mexico's national dog, and in 2020 was named a symbol of Mexico City.

Do Mexican street dogs make good pets? ›

They are invariably intelligent, of good temperament, and know how to run in front of a truck or cross a street or busy highway without being killed. Above all, a Mexican Street Dog must be able to make its way in a precarious world.” Yes, Mexican Street Dogs are my favorites!

What is a Tijuana dog? ›

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