Señora Candelaria’s Dog—An Ancient, Loving Breed

[SHOW LO EETZ CUINT LEE], this ancient breed of Mexican Hairless dog is highly intelligent, calm, loyal, and loving. Señora Candelaria actually owned this type of dog. Its name is derived from the Nahuatl language. Somewhere a picture of Señora holding this sweet dog on her lap surfaces from time to time. In Footfalls to the Alamo, Miss Rizzo, the reporter interviewing Señora, mistakenly identifies the dog as a chihuahua, a common mistake. Solos [SHOW LOWS] typically live twelve to fifteen years and are somewhat prone to wandering, as Caramela does daily during Señora’s recounting of her life in my book.

Buying a Xoloitzcuintli today, being that it is such a rare and ancient dog breed, could command a purchase price of as much as $2500 – $4000 for one puppy, sometimes an even higher premium is required if purchased from a reputable breeder.

Xoloitzcuintlis like to play, but over time prefer to remain in the comfort of their owner’s home, simply lounging around as a loyal companion. Not known to be shy or aggressive, they often act reserved around strangers. Caramela warmed up to Miss Rizzo whenever she brought treats for her!

“In Mexican and Central American culture, the Xoloitzcuintli has long been a culturally-significant symbol. These dogs were considered sacred by the Aztecs and the Mayans, both of whom believed that Xolotl, the god of life and death, had created the dogs and granted them mystical powers to ward off evil spirits. Archeologists have unearthed their bones in ancient tombs.

According to Aztec legend, Xolotl gave the dog to Man and instructed him to guard it with his life. In exchange, the dog would guide Man through the underworld on the way to the heavens.”

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