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Tu Vez Blast-From-The-Past Truck: Xolo, The Ancient Aztec Dog

Marty McFly and Doc Brown had the Delorean to go travel through time; We have the Tu Vez Blast-From-The-Past Truck. Every week, we’ll hop in our time traveling machine, gun it to 88 MPH, and go back in time to bring you the best from the good ol’ days. Will it be a clip from an old telenovela? An old school music video? Stick around and find out!

By Jack Tomas

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A lot of times we make someone we love more beautiful than they are. God knows I have buddies whose wives are ugly as hell, but they think they are the most beautiful girl in the world. The same can be said for our pets. A lot of times, our dogs and cats are not exactly lookers, but we love them anyway. I had a dog that looked like busted Ewok, but he was my favorite dog ever. No dog is uglier or more well loved than the Xolo, the national dog of Mexico.

Xolo is short for Xoloitzcuintli, some unpronounceable Nahuatl word. Xolo, (pronounced like that other Mexican species, the cholo), is one of the oldest breeds in the world. Archaeologists think they are at least 3000 years old, but probably older. Xolo is a hairless dog with a long snout and wrinkled skin. He’s not a pretty dog, but a sweet natured one. He was the favorite of the Aztecs, Maya, Toltecs, and Olmecs. You can see pictures of Xolo in friggin’ pyramids. Are there pictures of Dobermans of Rottweilers on pyramids? Nope. Only the Xolo and the Egyptian pharaonic dog.

Scientist think that the original dog looked a lot like a hairier version of the Xolo. At some point one of the lineages lost their hair. Many of the so-called chupacabras that have been found in Mexico are really mangy rabid Xolos. The Xolo is still a popular dog in Mexico. He doesn’t exist much outside of the country. He is the official dog of Mexico. So, even though the Xolo is a bit ugly, he is a noble and ancient dog worthy of the respect he is shown.

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